Our Chicago lawyers defend public companies and their directors and officers in securities class actions, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations, corporate governance and related disputes. We represent clients in a wide range of matters arising from allegations of options backdating, accounting irregularities, insider trading, inadequate or misleading public disclosures, breaches of fiduciary duties and short-swing trading. In addition, we handle a number of commercial litigation matters, including class actions involving allegations of unfair consumer practices.
White Collar and Securities Litigation
Dechert lawyers successfully defend clients facing government investigations, handling white collar matters in nearly all substantive areas, including accounting irregularities, antitrust, bank and financial fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, government contract fraud, insider trading, money laundering, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), securities fraud, stock market manipulation and tax fraud. We frequently represent clients in criminal cases brought by the Justice Department as well as defend clients in investigation and enforcement proceedings initiated by diverse federal agencies, including the SEC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as by state Attorneys General, district attorneys and other government and regulatory bodies. Our global reach also enables us to represent clients facing inquiries in Asia, across Europe and in Russia. When litigation ensues, we defend our clients powerfully at trial.
Board oversight has heightened significantly and the demands and scrutiny corporate leadership face are at an all-time high. Public, private and not-for-profit companies and their management, boards, stakeholders and committees must navigate a wide range of stringent regulatory requirements and dynamic standards. It is critical that corporate leaders have experienced legal counsel to assist in identifying and satisfying their corporate duties.
Dechert lawyers have an impressive track record of resolving these difficult and sensitive matters discreetly and favorably without prosecution. Our lawyers have represented public and private organizations and their officers, boards and senior management in all phases of civil and criminal investigations, actions and prosecutions. We regularly assist clients with responding to government and regulatory investigations, negotiating with and litigating against the Department of Justice, the SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the various stock exchanges and state regulatory bodies. Whether allegations of misconduct arise internally, as a result of a government investigation, whistleblower claims, an audit or from civil or criminal litigation, our lawyers act promptly, investigating the allegations and offering strategic solutions to resolve the situation and limit our clients’ exposure.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Recognizing the significant impact litigation can have on a company's ability to achieve its business objectives, Dechert’s skilled complex commercial litigation team helps companies involved in commercial litigation assess their options, contain costs and decide on a course of action consistent with their goals. With lawyers in Chicago, New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Moscow, Luxembourg, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, we have the multi-jurisdictional capabilities, experience, skills and judgment to successfully guide clients through disputes wherever they arise.
eDiscovery and Data Management
eDiscovery presents critical and potentially costly challenges for companies facing litigation or government investigations. In today’s rapidly evolving technological world, failing to properly manage enterprise data and eDiscovery issues can have severe consequences ranging from sanctions to adverse publicity to business interruption. Avoiding these pitfalls requires retention of experienced, innovative and resourceful counsel.
Dechert lawyers skillfully guide clients through every aspect and phase of electronic discovery. We also work with clients to design and implement cost-effective and efficient records management and litigation readiness programs to reduce the burden, cost and risk of future eDiscovery. Our legal and strategic experience combined with our technical prowess makes us effective client advocates and advisers both in the courtroom and in the boardroom.