Organizations and executives in the United States and abroad face an increasingly aggressive enforcement environment. Government investigations are on the rise, and issues traditionally handled through civil or regulatory processes now often result in criminal investigations. Accordingly, thorough assessment of compliance programs and risk, and a vigorous defense when problems arise, are essential. Sidley’s highly experienced team has proven strategies for developing comprehensive approaches to address risk and all of the legal and factual defenses necessary to achieve successful outcomes in civil enforcement or criminal cases. Our lawyers provide critical advice at every stage, including identifying potential collateral and media consequences. As a result, Sidley often brings matters to conclusion with the avoidance of charges or unwanted settlements that might otherwise be required.
Our extensive industry-specific regulatory experience contributes to our insight and creativity in finding factual and legal gaps in the government’s theories and ways to successfully defend clients. Our team also leverages the vast experience of the firm’s global network of specialized regulatory and industry professionals, who have strong knowledge of local laws and languages.
Ranked Among the 5 Top Law Firms Globally for Cross-border Investigations and Litigation
Global Investigations Review 2022
Regulatory Agency Insight
Our team includes several former U.S. federal and state prosecutors and officials, many of whom served at high levels within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other key investigative and enforcement arms of the government. Many of our lawyers have also served in the White House Counsel’s Office and in other senior positions at government agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Agriculture. With firsthand knowledge of how government agencies conduct investigations and prosecutions, our lawyers are able to help clients navigate these processes efficiently and effectively.
“When companies in crisis need a law firm with the expertise and the respect of an investigating agency, they regularly turn to Sidley Austin.”
Global Investigations Review 2019
Comprehensive Compliance, Defense, and Enforcement Experience
Our lawyers have experience representing clients across the full spectrum of corporate compliance, defense, and enforcement matters, including:
- Internal investigations
- Investigations by the DOJ, SEC, state attorneys general, and other oversight bodies
- Compliance counseling
- False Claims Act litigation
- Grand jury investigations
- Parallel criminal and civil proceedings
- Cross-Border investigations and litigation
- Voluntary disclosure issues
- Trials and other hearings
- “Me Too” complaints and other employment-related allegations
- Congressional Investigations
Full-Service Global Capabilities
With an impressive capacity of over 200 white collar defense and compliance lawyers around the world, Sidley is known for our extensive multinational, cross-border capabilities. Our lawyers are particularly strong in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters, U.K. Anti-Bribery law, Chinese Anti-Bribery law, EU data privacy, antitrust, anti-money laundering, and economic sanctions. Our team collaborates seamlessly across borders and practice groups to offer a cohesive approach to white collar crime and corporate investigations matters. We can mobilize teams quickly, drawing on the global network of Sidley lawyers to swiftly deploy the critical legal support needed to manage sensitive, high-profile investigations and litigation. In countries where we do not have a Sidley office, we leverage our network of trusted local counsel to advise clients on corresponding local laws and regulations.
“Their collective expertise and knowledge has a vast breadth such that it could be hard to imagine a matter too complex or sophisticated for the firm to handle.”
Chambers USA, Nationwide: Corporate Crime and Investigations: The Elite 2022
Broad Industry Experience
We have exceptional experience developing compliance programs and aggressively defending corporations and their executives, public officials and other individuals in a variety of areas and industries, including:
- Life Sciences and Healthcare
- Financial institutions and investment funds
- Aerospace and defense
- Technology and telecommunications
- Commercial and consumer product manufacturing
- Food products