Government Audits and Internal Investigations Attorneys Hanover, MD
Even for the most effectively run businesses, it is difficult to completely eliminate misconduct and fraud. In today’s political and social climate and with increased calls for information and transparency, the need for strong internal controls and reviews continually grows. But not even the most rigorous controls, extensive oversight, or strong management can prevent all unexpected problems – as can be seen from recent events. Crepeau Mourges understands this and can help your business prepare for the worst – whether through proactive investigation or through zealous advocacy in an investigation or litigation.
In recent years, small and large businesses have been targeted by both internal and external whistleblowers looking to cause problems, force business changes, or to receive a payout. Additional public disclosures from companies have given ammunition for investors and class action attorneys to initiate derivative actions against corporations for even the slightest misdeeds. Employee discrimination, harassment, and other misconduct have caused problems for board members – even when the issues were thought to have been thoroughly resolved. And finally, an increased call for oversight of certain industries and programs have resulted in expanding government investigations, large financial settlements, and, in some cases, even criminal litigation. Crepeau Mourges has wide-ranging experience handling pre-litigation internal investigations, representing clients in governmental audits, and adeptly representing clients faced with litigation.
If a business has discovered some level of wrongdoing, has been contacted by a government agency, has received notification of litigation, or is concerned with potential misconduct, the attorneys at Crepeau Mourges can provide value and limit the financial exposure of the business and its stakeholders. When a company does not properly conduct its affairs and fulfill its obligations to shareholders, the entity, its board members, officers, and other employees could face the following consequences:
- Civil and criminal liabilities, involving both financial penalties and incarceration, for specific acts and omissions under a host of regulatory frameworks
- Potential derivative suits claiming a breach of fiduciary duties by officers, directors, and employees seeking discharge of those individuals or significant financial consequences or restraints related to these individuals
- Increased public scrutiny resulting in loss in trust, goodwill, and value of the business
- Government investigations and litigation that can result in disclosure of confidential and proprietary information in the public sphere
- Potential for expensive and drawn-out litigation attracting negative publicity
- Remediation of perceived misconduct or wrongdoing requiring implementation of burdensome additional safeguards and internal controls
With early intervention, the attorneys at Crepeau Mourges can explain the legal environment, consider business conditions, and work with stakeholders to direct and advocate for a favorable resolution. The background and experience of Crepeau Mourges provides a unique ability to advise our clients and explain our comprehensive strategy. Unlike other firms, we have experience handling complicated forensic accounting engagements, providing litigation support to other advisors, and working with experts and consultants in administrative investigations and litigation. We have handled matters involving derivative litigation, matters involving resolution of improprieties through proactive voluntary disclosures and private settlements, matters involving forensic accounting to expose misconduct and mitigate corporate liability, and government audits conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and others.
Our focus in this area allows us to effectively conduct the extensive fact-finding involved – including selecting experts and conducting investigative interviews – and to ensure that all actions are appropriately documented. We understand the wide-ranging legal issues and business considerations and advise stakeholders on their legal responsibilities – all while working to maintain attorney-client privilege and confidentiality over business matters and property. Crepeau Mourges is prepared to protect and fight for you against claims by the government, whistleblowers, and other litigants. We are there for you until the end and will see that post-resolution requirements and other safeguards are properly implemented to avoid future problems. Call Crepeau Mourges today to discuss how we can help to manage these problems and ensure the future success of your business.