NEW YORK, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has been honored with a Distinguished Service Award in the "Excellence in Business Judgment" category at Main Justice's "Best FCPA Lawyers" Client Service Awards luncheon in Washington, DC on April 23. The Client Service Awards highlight the achievements of law firms and law-firm practitioners who demonstrated exceptional service in representing companies and executives in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and global anti-corruption matters in 2012. Main Justice is an independent news organization that provides in-depth news and analysis for legal professionals about the FCPA and anti-corruption enforcement.
"Fried Frank has excelled at serving its clients with regard to their most critical and highly sensitive business and legal matters," said Fried Frank Chair Valerie Ford Jacob. "We are pleased to be recognized for our ability to exhibit good judgment and effective advocacy for our clients."
Fried Frank counsels many of the world's leading corporations and financial institutions in all aspects of their regulatory and compliance affairs. Over the past year, Fried Frank attorneys have conducted FCPA and anti-corruption investigations and due diligence for a number of private equity and financial services companies, which required, among other things, on-the-ground interviews and document review in countries in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia. The Firm also represented senior officers of Fortune 500 companies in SEC and DOJ investigations regarding alleged FCPA violations, and represented a major corporation in conducting an investigation into international FCPA and anti-bribery whistleblower allegations.
"Our biggest successes often come when we keep our clients out of the spotlight," said Steven M. Witzel, co-head of the Firm's Anti-Corruption Compliance and Enforcement Practice, as he accepted the award. "It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts to do just that."Fried Frank's Anti-Corruption Compliance and Enforcement Practice Group also works proactively to protect clients by assisting them in developing anti-corruption/UK Bribery Act/FCPA compliance policies and procedures and have extensive expertise in the establishment and implementation of practical and efficient compliance programs. Through its team of former prosecutors and regulators, the group understands governmental expectations for compliance programs and can assist clients in designing, modifying and implementing programs to meet these expectations. They regularly conduct, and advise clients with respect to, internal investigations involving suspected violations of the FCPA/UK Bribery Act and other anti-corruption laws.