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Congressional Investigations

Practice Overview

Buckley represents corporations, officers, directors, and public officials in formal and informal investigations by Congress examining business practices in the financial services industry and other sectors. Congressional investigations can be directed at any company, at any time, and they present agonizing risks to businesses across all industries. Such investigations are usually broad in scope and frequently involve individuals and other organizations, and not just the targeted company.

Congressional hearings are governed by procedures that present significant challenges for clients called upon to cooperate or appear. Moreover, these investigations are often conducted simultaneously with other government investigations or civil litigation, and can easily draw media attention.

The firm’s practice includes assisting clients in responding to congressional inquiries, preparing for congressional hearings, and formulating and implementing strategies designed to minimize collateral consequences triggered by such investigations, including public and media scrutiny and litigation. Our team has helped clients navigate congressional investigations involving a broad array of subjects, including anti-money laundering (AML) and the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), consumer protection and ethics investigations, corporate governance, political scandals, and securities issues.

Our approach to these investigations is informed by our deep experience in representing clients in administrative and criminal investigations and enhanced by several of our attorneys’ service as senior counsel to various congressional committees. As a result, we provide our clients with effective and comprehensive strategies specifically tailored to overcoming the unique challenges posed when congressional investigations are initiated in tandem with parallel civil and criminal enforcement investigations, actions by federal and state agencies, and/or class action and complex civil litigation and media campaigns.

Topic Spotlight: Assistance in responding to government oversight of pandemic relief

The federal government’s financial response to the Covid-19 pandemic is measured in trillions of dollars, and the intensity of oversight related to that response reflects this unprecedented commitment. All involved in the government’s response, particularly financial services providers, should expect increased scrutiny of how those dollars have been and will be spent.

Buckley’s white collar, enforcement, congressional investigations, class actions, complex civil litigation, and False Claims Act & FIRREA teams are prepared to assist with government and congressional inquiries, examinations, investigations, and government and private party litigation that arise from the pandemic response. We work closely with our financial services regulatory practices to combine the firm’s core substantive experience with our deep knowledge of government investigations and litigation of all kinds.

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