November 09, 2021
Cadwalader White Collar Defense & Investigations partner Mark Beardsworth is the lead editor of the new American Bar Association publication, “An International Guide to Corporate Internal Investigations,” which has 39 contributors, including attorneys from Cadwalader and other leading firms around the world. Beardsworth’s co-editors are Patrick R. Hanes, Ibtissem Lassoued, Saverio Lembo and Frances McLeod. Former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates wrote the foreword.
The book is a highly practical guide that introduces readers to the complex and developing area of conducting corporate internal investigations worldwide, including in the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, India, the People’s Republic of China, Switzerland, the Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and the UK.
Across these 11 jurisdictional chapters, readers will access several key recurring themes that have become prevalent in global investigations, including common guidance and best practices that are now embraced by leading investigations lawyers worldwide.
In addition, the book addresses critical considerations such as assessing a client’s best interests and various scenarios that call for different strategic approaches among jurisdictions.
Chapter contributions from Cadwalader attorneys include: White Collar Defense & Investigations Chair Jodi Avergun, partner Todd Blanche, special counsel Lex Urban and associate Cheryl Risell, who authored the lead chapter on the U.S. jurisdiction; associate Duncan Grieve co-authored the Brazil chapter; and associate Shruti Chandhok co-authored the India chapter.
Beardsworth commented: “Over the past several years, white collar defense practitioners have observed – and experienced – how corporate internal investigations are becoming increasingly global and interconnected across multiple jurisdictions. With the subsequent new challenges and opportunities that have arisen, I envisioned a publication that takes a holistic view – integrating the insights and know-how of practitioners who are entrenched in this work.”
“Three years later, I am thrilled and highly grateful to the many dozens of individuals, including my co-editors and all the chapter authors, who have contributed their deep knowledge and time to bring this book to fruition,” he added. “Even as this realm is ever-changing, our goal has been to empower readers to adopt the mindset to confidently plan for and undertake internal investigations across jurisdictions, which can be understandably daunting for any practitioner, however experienced.”
Beardsworth is Chair of the ABA’s International White Collar Crime Committee, focuses his London-based practice in the defense of serious fraud and complex criminal matters and has been involved in multiple investigations on behalf of global corporates as well as smaller entities across a range of sectors and jurisdictions. He advises companies and their directors on risk and governance issues and helps clients to manage and avoid reputational and enforcement risk in a wide range of scenarios.