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Jonathan Feld Quoted in Compliance Week Article

Says Corporate Audit Committees Who Oversee Internal Investigations Need to Understand When Interactions with Legal Counsel are Covered by Attorney-Client Privilege

May 23, 2014

Jonathan Feld, member of the Firm’s Litigation Department whose practice focuses on Business Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense, Internal Investigations and Corporate Compliance matters, is quoted in a Compliance Week article—“Internal Investigations Increasingly Falling on Audit Committees' Plate”—that appears in the May 20, 2014 issue of this publication.

Commenting on a recently published report that states more than 70 percent of all public companies undertake some sort of internal investigation, Feld observes that audit committees—which often are tasked with the responsibility of overseeing such investigations—need to have a “good understanding” of when their interactions with legal counsel (whether in-house or outside) are covered by attorney-client privilege.

“Having an attorney cc’d on something, whether it’s internal or external, doesn’t guarantee privilege,” Feld notes.