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In an environment of increased regulatory vigilance and enhanced financial incentives to whistleblowers, corporations must proactively ensure compliance with applicable statutes and regulations. Bracewell’s lawyers routinely conduct internal investigations worldwide for companies in the financial, technology, energy, insurance, and retail industries to contain and resolve issues such as corporate governance practices and procedures, directors' duties and responsibilities, corporate codes of conduct, and compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and financial exchange regulations, as well as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

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Autofinance company — Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into potential violations of Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA)

Aviation company — criminal and FCPA compliance matter related to international operations

Fuel transportation company — Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) criminal investigation

Hedge fund — internal investigation and the New York State Attorney General's pay-to-play investigations

Insurance companies and their audit committees — internal investigations in response to regulatory inquiries and whistleblower allegations

International energy company — government contracting concerns

International utility company board of directors — world-wide Foreign Corrup Practices Act (FCPA) compliance review, including a formal presentation of findings and recommendations

Large public company — independent internal investigation into allegations of corporate malfeasance by the chief executive officer and global head of procurement

Multinational Corporation — internal investigation and multiple state pension fund investigations

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