Practice Areas

Corporate Compliance / Governance

Ethics, integrity and responsibility are among the founding principles at the heart of Ashcroft. It follows, therefore, that business ethics and compliance matters are a centerpiece of the firm’s practice. Ashcroft advises companies in countries all over the world on compliance matters. Its leadership team is comprised of individuals who have each served in the highest ranks within the U.S. Department of Justice. With a higher concentration of more former U.S. Attorneys than any other law firm in the world, Ashcroft is the one to trust where compliance is concerned.

Today, businesses must proactively establish and maintain robust, comprehensive corporate governance policies, necessary training mechanisms and rigorous and adaptive compliance programs so as to detect, deter and resolve non-compliance matters. Not only are high ethics standards ‘good business’, but a rapidly escalating attention to corporate practices by the US and other world governments demands that companies be aware of potential civil, criminal, administrative and legislative investigations that could ensnare companies suspected of non-compliance.

Ashcroft offers a comprehensive approach to developing and ensuring compliance as well as aggressively defending against investigations or charges by the government in cases of alleged non-compliance. Areas of particular experience include:

  • Anti-Corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Investigations
  • Whistleblower Claims
  • Public Disclosure
  • Fiduciary Responsibility
  • Internal Investigations and Controls
  • SEC Enforcement
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Securities Litigation
  • White-Collar Defense
  • Audit Committee Oversight and Duties

A strong corporate governance and compliance program protects the company and its executives from potential criminal and civil liability as well as time- and resource-consuming investigations. Such a program also sends a message of proactive dedication to ethical best practices and diligent compliance that may help mitigate compliance violations – and attendant charges – arising in the future, regardless of best efforts.

The Ashcroft team will meet you where you are and see that the greatest risks are immediately addressed while simultaneously crafting a broader comprehensive plan to monitor other critical compliance areas. Ashcroft intimately understands both the benefits and costs associated with the necessary compliance measures and takes great care to account for the company’s valuable time and resources both in program development and during its ongoing operation.