K&L Gates has one of the largest, most comprehensive and most geographically diverse Government Enforcement practices of any law firm.
Whether a matter involves the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission, state attorney generals, or another law enforcement agency, our group of more than 70 lawyers located across the United States, Europe, and Asia provides substantial experience in addressing matters proactively and early. Our team includes a former U.S. attorney general, more than a dozen former SEC staff, more than a dozen former assistant United States attorneys, former heads of state securities regulators, and staff lawyers from FINRA, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), bank regulatory agencies, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice in Hong Kong, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and numerous other law enforcement agencies.
Because the mere initiation of a government enforcement inquiry can cause severe harm to a company or an individual, we advocate at an early stage of an inquiry or investigation to determine whether civil or criminal charges can be avoided. In certain situations, a settlement is in the best interests of our clients, and we use our knowledge and experience to obtain the best possible result. If an action cannot be avoided and settlement is not practical, our enforcement lawyers litigate any charges or claims that may be brought against our clients. Lawyers at K&L Gates have handled a wide range of government litigation in court and administrative proceedings.