Investigations & Sanctions In a year when the world grappled with uncertainty, Hughes Hubbard’s global team of investigations attorneys shepherded dozens of clients through matters of existential importance, just as we have for many decades.

Deep Technical and Cross-Agency Experience for Sophisticated, Global Organizations

The organizations, boards of directors and individuals we advise rely on Hughes Hubbard to conduct investigations that uncover latent risks, lay bare the extent of any alleged wrongdoing and inform their responses to government investigations. Our attorneys’ work also empowers companies to verify compliance with internal policies, global standards and post-resolution obligations.

Although the majority of the group’s work is sensitive and confidential, recent matters we are able and proud to share include: 

Multiple MDB Monitorships

HHR served as the compliance monitor for three separate companies in connection with multilateral development bank debarments of those companies. The HHR teams involved are responsible for evaluating the companies’ implementation of their compliance programs and controls to ensure consistency with international standards and recommending enhancements where necessary. Upon implementing the recommendations provided by the HHR team, the World Bank recently released one of the companies from debarment.

American Lawyer Recognizes Hughes Hubbard Investigations Prowess

HHR was honored with the 2021 “Best Provider Collaboration” award by the American Lawyer for its role on the “Virtual Law Firm” team that assisted Airbus in the investigation and resolution of allegations of bribery and other offenses in 16 countries.

Global Investigations and Compliance Reviews for Supermajor Energy Company

The firm conducted investigations into various allegations of misconduct, and assisted the company in conducing assessments of its compliance with international anti-corruption compliance, anti-money laundering, human rights and social and environmental standards, as well as international economic sanctions and export control regimes.

In-Depth Investigations for Luxury Goods Company

The firm completed a global proactive investigation and in-depth assessment of the human rights and environmental risks faced by a world-leading luxury goods company.

Internal Review and SEC Investigation

HHR assisted the audit committee of an energy services company in a review of internal and disclosure controls and successfully negotiated a favorable settlement with the SEC related to identified control failures.

Representation in Parallel DOJ and CFTC Investigations

HHR is representing a prominent Mexican businessperson concerning the DOJ and CFTC’s worldwide parallel investigations into a multinational oil and gas commodities trading company for alleged FCPA, market manipulation and insider trading violations.

Rare Release of OFAC-Blocked Funds for LatAm Client

The firm provided counsel to a Latin American client throughout its successful two-year quest to unblock from OFAC restrictions millions in funds from a key account.

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Multi-Jurisdictional Investigations for Large Retailer

The firm conducted multi-jurisdictional investigations into allegations of corruption, fraud and anti-trust violations for a large retail company.