Monitorships, Integrity Counsel & Compliance
Monitoring compliance, via monitorships or integrity counsel, not only satisfies corporate legal obligations but can also help companies address problems that might lead to future investigations.
Morvillo Abramowitz lawyers are frequently selected to lead court-appointed independent monitorships or are appointed to government-approved positions as corporate integrity counsel as conditions of settling criminal prosecutions or as terms of deferred-prosecution or non-prosecution agreements with Federal and state prosecutors. Courts and government agencies also regularly select our firm as a monitor for institutions facing significant regulatory compliance issues.
Our lawyers have been appointed to supervise compliance monitorships as settlement conditions in enforcing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) violations, where both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have mandated the need to retain an independent compliance monitor. As part of these engagements we are called upon to not just review a company’s FCPA and anti-corruption compliance programs, but to perform corruption risk assessments and compliance program evaluations.
We are frequently retained as independent integrity counsel by companies facing requirements by state and regulatory authorities to implement supervised remedial compliance programs in order to satisfy ongoing consent orders or otherwise avoid the imposition of civil or criminal charges. Our lawyers are also retained as integrity counsel by companies voluntarily seeking legal advice on matters of corporate integrity to send an important positive message about the company to employees, customers, shareholders and others.