Holland & Knight, which has offices in Bogotá, Colombia, and in Mexico City, has a wide-ranging legal practice throughout Latin America that includes handling internal investigations for multinational companies. Our Latin American Investigations Team focuses on:
These investigations often involve three U.S. anti-fraud statutes — the False Claims Act (FCA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Travel Act — as well as the U.K. Bribery Act.
Our Latin American Investigations Team is comprised of highly experienced former U.S. federal prosecutors and white collar attorneys who are frequently called on to provide the incisive counsel imperative to the conduct of thorough, effective internal investigations. Because our team is fluent in Spanish, we communicate as easily with leaders of your Latin American offices as we do with your U.S.-based executives. Being able to conduct witness interviews and document reviews in Spanish also spares your business from having to rely on costly third-party translators and interpreters who often lack the cultural nuances required to uncover improper activities.
In Latin American investigations, Holland & Knight has the deep bench that only a global law firm can provide. We are able to scale up quickly for large cases involving hundreds of thousands of documents and several dozen witnesses. We have trained Spanish-speaking litigation partners and associates across our firm — including in our Miami office — who can be called on to assist in a large investigation. In addition, we have strong relationships with Spanish-speaking contract attorneys who can supplement our team by quickly and economically conducting large-scale document reviews.
In addition to helping you assess whether wrongdoing has occurred or respond to a governmental inquiry, we are well positioned to help your company create and implement compliance programs, risk assessments and audits that can help avoid problems before they occur. We draw on Holland & Knight's substantial international experience advising businesses on corporate and white collar compliance issues, tailoring that counsel specifically for the Latin American context and explaining the changing enforcement landscape.
The following are select investigations and related matters handled by our team:
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