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Bespoke training for key clients

With increased global enforcement activity in a variety of areas, including anti-bribery and corruption, competition, trade sanctions and data protection, we recognize that companies are looking for control — not crisis — when faced with an investigation.

In response to that need, we developed our unique Investigations Academies, a highly practical and interactive offering that serves to train and educate clients in all aspects of dealing with internal and regulator-imposed investigations.

These bespoke training sessions, generally run over two days, are designed to enhance a company’s existing compliance program and are targeted at increasing awareness within the compliance and legal functions, as well as the broader business leadership group, including HR, finance, commercial, IT and procurement.

Given our established local presence in high-risk jurisdictions across the globe, we are able to tailor our Investigations Academies by industry, business model and geographic compliance risk. We prepare clients for what to expect in a dawn raid or regulator-led investigation and ensure that internal investigations pass the credibility test if scrutinized in the future by regulators, adverse parties or other stakeholders. We also help clients develop investigations protocols; ensure that IT systems and policies are able to support data collection; and coordinate employment policies and terms and conditions to support a credible investigative process and any required remediation action.

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Widge Devaney is a partner in the Firm's North America Litigation group in New York, Chair of the North American Government Enforcement Practice and Co-Chair of the Global Compliance and Investigations Group. Since 2011, Mr. Devaney has been listed in New York Metro Super Lawyers in the Criminal Defense: White Collar category. Mr. Devaney is co-chair of the ABA's Transnational Crime Subcommittee, and an officer of the IBA's Business Crime Committee. He previously served on the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of New York, representing indigent clients in federal criminal matters. Mr. Devaney served as law clerk to the Honorable Oliver Gasch on the US District Court for the District of Columbia from 1993 to 1994.


Joanna Ludlam is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team in Baker McKenzie's London office, where she leads the market-leading Regulatory, Public & Media law team and also co-leads the office's Compliance & Investigations Practice Group. At an international level, she co-chairs the Firm's Global Compliance & Investigations Steering Committee. In 2016, Joanna was named as one of The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” for her practice, and is recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

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