Investigations and White Collar Defense

We have deep experience representing clients in high-profile, complex investigations involving state and federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies.  These include, among other notable matters, the largest internal investigation ever conducted in the United States on behalf of the court-appointed examiner in the Lehman Brothers Holdings bankruptcy.  In the energy sector, our lawyers have defended against an FERC investigation alleging unlawful trading; conducted an investigation in connection with a utility merger; and carried out several internal investigations for utility companies.

Representative matters include:

  • Represented the North Carolina Utilities Commission in the investigation of Duke Energy Corporation and the termination of its president and CEO immediately after the closing of the merger between Duke and Progress Energy.
  • Engaged to determine if certain sensitive information prepared in connection with negotiations to sell energy portfolio of companies to a third party was improperly transmitted to the third party.
  • Engaged to determine whether members of an acquisition group were intentionally submitting inaccurate forecasts for energy load to a system operator to financially benefit themselves.
  • Conduct a company-wide internal investigation and related counseling for a utility company in connection with potential enforcement actions by the USEPA, the Illinois attorney general and the Cook County state’s attorney.