Compliance Week: Internal Investigations in the Age of Coronavirus
Dominique Strieder, Counsel at Pohlmann & Company, and Lara Burke, Associate at Bruch Hanna LLP, have jointly published an article in Compliance Week. The authors provide practical insight and guidance on how to conduct internal investigation despite current restrictions due to Coronavirus.
Internal investigations typically involve in-person meetings and interviews, which makes it easier to discuss sensitive issues, to assess body language, to pass documents back and forth, and to read the room. Travel restrictions and social distancing requirements have made all that much more challenging, but nothing relieves companies from their obligations to prevent misconduct and to investigate potential wrongdoing.
Our firms have continued to work together on cross-border internal investigations after the severe travel restrictions went into effect. There has been no travel, no on-site document collection, and no in person interviews. But even working within those limitations, it is possible to deliver sound advice and to develop a robust factual record for companies, compliance professionals, and lawyers who are currently conducting or about to begin internal investigations.
The complete article can be downloaded here.