Conducting Internal Investigations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Jacqueline C. Wolff | Scott T. Lashway | Matthew M.K. Stein
– Law Journal Newsletters’ Business Crimes Bulletin

Manatt partners Jacqueline Wolff and Scott Lashway, and special counsel Matthew Stein co-authored an article for Law Journal Newsletters' Business Crimes Bulletin on how companies can prepare to conduct internal theft and fraud investigations for criminal activity that may result from the COVID-19 crisis. In particular, they note that the “usual methods for conducting a meaningful and thorough investigation need to change quickly. In-person document collection and review as well as face-to-face witness interviews are out, and questions and challenges have arisen for counsel.” The authors also discuss some of the unique challenges that companies may face as work patterns change in response to COVID-19—including the preservation and collection of documents, limitations placed on global investigations into wrongdoing and the inability to conduct face-to-face interviews—and provide strategies for overcoming these challenges.

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