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December's Feature Article

December's Feature Article
Lawyers on the Front Lines: Identifying Risk and Managing Internal Investigations
Corporate crises are as old as business itself. However, the focus has never been more intense on the role of in-house counsel to prevent and respond to crises. This widening spotlight on in-house counsel is the result of several coalescing trends. It has been 15 years since the US Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which made it clear that lawyers are "gatekeepers" and play an important role in ensuring a clean corporate marketplace. In the years since Sarbanes-Oxley, government regulators have ratcheted up their compliance-related enforcement and the liabilities for in-house counsel as individuals and as corporate gatekeepers have increased.