November 12, 2020
Our distinguished panelists discuss the challenging interplay between internal audit and white collar investigations. We discuss strategies to ensure that internal audit complements the compliance function and how best to deal with legal problems identified by internal audit activities. Our panelists will go over recent FCPA enforcement actions that leverage internal audit findings to support alleged violations.
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Michael Diamant is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office. He is a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group, and serves on the firm’s Finance Committee. Mr. Diamant has managed numerous internal investigations for publicly traded corporations and conducted fieldwork in nineteen different countries on five continents. He also regularly advises major corporations on the structure and effectiveness of their compliance programs.
Patrick Stokes is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office, where his practice focuses on internal corporate investigations and enforcement actions regarding corruption, securities fraud, and financial institutions fraud. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Stokes headed the DOJ’s FCPA Unit, managing the FCPA enforcement program and all criminal FCPA matters throughout the United States covering every significant business sector. Previously, he served as Co-Chief of the DOJ’s Securities and Financial Fraud Unit.
Christopher Sullivan is of counsel in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office where he represents clients in a variety of areas, including False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and OFAC matters, before the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other enforcement authorities. Mr. Sullivan has also conducted internal investigations regarding potential corruption, False Claims Act, and other white collar issues.
Courtney M. Brown is a senior associate in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office, where she practices primarily in the areas of white collar criminal defense and corporate compliance. Ms. Brown has experience representing and advising multinational corporate clients and boards of directors in internal and government investigations on a wide range of topics, including anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, sanctions, securities, tax, and “me too” matters.