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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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Manufacturing company and distributer – conducted an internal investigation into allegations of kickbacks being paid to procure transportation services for publicly-traded company’s delivery operations

Fuel transportation company — represented fuel transportation company in an EPA criminal investigation

Global manufacturing company — conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a public company related to accounting and procurement fraud while managing a parallel investigation by the SEC

Individual — represented an executive in an FCPA matter related to the Unaoil investigation

International utility company board of directors — conducted a world-wide FCPA compliance review which included a formal presentation of findings and recommendations

Hedge fund — conducted an internal investigation in relation to the New York State Attorney General's pay-to-play investigations

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

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

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

Various energy sector companies — conducted internal investigations in connection with alleged FCPA violations in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East

Publicly traded technology company — conducted an internal investigation in connection with alleged OFAC violations

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