September 20, 2012

Jenner & Block Partner Reid Schar was featured in a September 20, 2012 Law360 article titled “Q&A with Jenner & Block’s Reid Schar.”  In it, Mr. Schar responded to five questions, ranging from a discussion of the most challenging case he has worked on to important issues related to his practice areas. 

A former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Schar told Law360 that his work as lead prosecutor in both corruption trials of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was “certainly notable and presented…challenges.”  Still, he described his most challenging case as one that involved prosecuting two individuals accused of aiding a terrorist organization.

Regarding his work at Jenner & Block, Mr. Schar, who is a member of the Firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations and Complex Commercial Litigation Practices, said that he has been focusing on internal investigations and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  “With the increased scrutiny that the federal government is putting on foreign operations of U.S. companies, it is imperative that corporations have strong internal controls and compliance programs in place…Generic ‘cut and paste’ compliance programs are not going to hold up well when scrutinized by the Department of Justice.  Likewise, at early signs of trouble, it is becoming increasingly clear that companies need to engage with top-tier outside counsel who can provide independent internal investigative assistance, remediation advice and related help,” Mr. Schar stated.

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