Audit Committee Investigations

The practice group literally wrote the book — Accounting Irregularities & Financial Fraud: A Corporate Governance Guide — on the proper conduct of investigations into accounting improprieties on behalf of audit committees and other special committees of boards of directors.  The practice group has been called upon to assist in many of the highest-profile audit committee investigations, including those involving Enron, Xerox, Dell, HealthSouth, the City of San Diego, Fannie Mae, and Cendant.

The group has earned accolades for its accomplishments in efficiently uncovering financial fraud — for example, its groundbreaking investigation into accounting fraud at Cendant Corp. was described in a Fortune magazine cover story as "remarkable."  The group’s clients in this area include a former Chairman of the SEC, a former Chief Accountant of the SEC, and a former Chairman of the U.S. Senate’s principal investigative committee.  The group’s membership is regularly called upon to publish articles, speak at conferences, and otherwise assist with improvements to audit committees and corporate governance generally.