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Bracewell’s White Collar Defense, Internal Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Practice lawyers guide business institutions, executives and employees through the challenges associated with investigation and prosecution.  Federal and state prosecutors and regulators, armed with new statutes and increased penalties, are placing institutions and individuals under increased scrutiny.   As market commentators have noted, Bracewell lawyers have  “distinguished themselves in ways unmatched from many other firms.”  We conduct internal investigations, defend clients in criminal, civil and regulatory investigations or prosecutions and  assist with corporate compliance programs.  

Our battle-tested team includes a former federal judge and attorneys who have served in leadership positions in the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ), including Chief of the Criminal Fraud Section; the U.S. Attorney's Offices for the Southern District of New York and the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas; the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); the New York County District Attorneys' Offices; and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  We handle matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, environmental crimes, broker-dealer violations, accounting and financial fraud, government contracts and False Claims Act/qui tam matters, healthcare fraud, tax and antitrust issues.


Recent Notable Matters

Auto finance company — DOJ investigation into alleged violations of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA)

Chief financial officer of a public company — investigation for accounting fraud and manipulation of financial statements and SEC filings

Electrical and telecommunications firm — ethics and compliance counsel in an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney

Former staffer for Governor Chris Christie — George Washington Bridge closure investigation, and a different former staffer and a former executive of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in a federal criminal trial

Global retailer — SEC inquiry into public disclosures and a putative class action asserting alleged securities fraud

Global subsea solutions and offshore engineering services company — Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of Commerce, and DOJ investigation into allegations of exports to Iran and Cuba in violation of U.S. economic sanctions and the unlicensed shipments of controlled items to multiple locations around the world

High-level General Motors engineering executive — DOJ ignition switch investigation

Leading oilfield services company — federal criminal investigation that arose from the Deepwater Horizon explosion