Compliance and Investigations
Companies in every industry are legally accountable for failure to comply with applicable regulations. The McKenna Long & Aldridge (MLA) team of attorneys and professionals is prepared to address any compliance issue or need, from establishing controls to prevent potential violations or responding to criminal investigations.
As a result of the recent spate of corporate and accounting scandals, the White House, Congress, the SEC and self-regulatory bodies such as the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ are proposing heightening the mandated levels of corporate responsibility. The MLA Corporate practice, with support from the insurance recovery and white collar crime practices, has developed a corporate responsibility product that addresses this changing landscape comprehensively through offerings of distinct "modules," or products, designed to help clients understand and navigate the maze of statutory and regulatory changes confronting Corporate America.
We are involved in the development and implementation of contractor ethics and compliance programs, which meet the standards of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Federal Sentencing Guidelines, as well as conducting ethics and compliance training for clients. Our attorneys also conduct internal investigations of alleged improprieties and assist our clients in making disclosures.
We offer clients an ideal mix of corporate, international trade, government contracts, white-collar defense, and government affairs capabilities. Our multidisciplinary approach places us at the intersection of corporate governance, compliance, and investigations. The team includes not only experienced policy and law advisors, former general counsel, and government contracts attorneys, but also certified public accountants and former government officials.
The Compliance and Investigations team of attorneys and senior advisors provide clients with incomparable service, a creative approach, and solutions to challenges that include:
- Guidance on, and commitment to, corporate responsibility — doing the right thing;
- Assistance in gaining a strategic competitive edge through effective and efficient compliance programs, and in avoiding risk through prevention and detection business models;
- Counseling on the interplay between corporate and federal/state laws covering governance;
- Conduct of independent investigations for Boards of Directors; and
- Defense of government investigations.
MLA’s growth in the field of government contract law over the past 70 years has mirrored the remarkable growth and increasing complexity of the law governing the relationship between the federal government and its contractors. As such, MLA attorneys are well versed in the issues involving government contract compliance and procurement integrity. We represent contractors and individuals who have been suspended or proposed for debarment by federal agencies.
To ensure that we meet our commitment, MLA works to build strong relationships with clients. We recognize that building lasting relationships requires consistent staffing — we form small teams of attorneys to handle clients' short- and long-term needs and ensure that those attorneys are available and accessible as needed.
- May 26, 2011
- D.C. Circuit Clarifies False Claims Act Damages and “Collective Knowledge” Standards, but Complicates “Implied Certification” TestDecember 6, 2010
- July 13, 2010
- Six Steps to Elevate Compliance Programs Above Whistleblower Concerns
- Investigations Checklist: Best Practices for Organizing and Conducting Attorney-Client Privileged Internal Investigations
- The FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule: Emerging Practices and Recurring Issues