Barton regularly conducts corporate internal investigations at the request of clients concerned with an existing or potential internal issue. Our team works tactfully and thoroughly, seeking to minimize exposure and provide timely solutions for the matter at hand, whether it be suspected criminal activity, regulatory violations, SEC or FINRA violations, money laundering, fraud, embezzlement, corporate espionage, F.C.P.A. insider trading, trade secret theft, or other financial related malfeasance or illegality.
As a result of the collective Barton experience, our investigations are done professionally, with regard to the requisite evidentiary issues and potential client strategies. If there are issues to be found, the Barton team is very effective at identifying them. We conduct internal investigations at the independent request of clients and also as a supplement to already on-going government investigations.
Barton understands the significance of the identification and, at times, self-reporting of issues identified internally in certain industries. We regularly work to mitigate exposure to the client that may result from investigation findings. At times, our internal investigations identify criminal or regulatory violations. If criminal activity or issues pertaining to law enforcement are found, Barton is adept at liaising with the federal, state, and local authorities to minimize the impact on the client and can provide clients with assistance to resolve the issue.
Barton has successfully negotiated cooperation agreements and other non-criminal sanctions for self-reporting of client issues after our internal investigation has identified them. Barton is committed to handling these highly sensitive internal investigations as discretely and efficiently as possible, while also recommending the proper recourse once the investigation has concluded.