Corporate monitorships are an increasingly important tool in the arsenal of law enforcement authorities, and, given their widespread use, they appear to have staying power. This guide will help both the experienced and the uninitiated to understand this increasingly important area of legal practice. It is organised into five parts, each of which contains chapters on a particular theme, category or issue.

Part I offers an overview of monitorships. First, Neil M Barofsky – former Assistant US Attorney and Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, who has served as an independent monitor and runs the monitorship practice at Jenner & Block LLP – and his co-authors Matthew D Cipolla and Erin R Schrantz of Jenner & Block LLP explain how a monitor can approach and remedy a broken corporate culture. They consider several critical questions, such as how can a monitor discover a broken culture? How can a monitor apply ‘carrot and stick’ and other approaches to address a culture of non-compliance? And what sorts of internal partnership and external pressures can be brought to bear? Next, former Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli, independent monitor for Citigroup Inc and the Education Management Corporation, walks through the life cycle of a monitorship, including the process of formulating a monitorship agreement and engagement letter, developing a work plan, building a monitorship team, and creating and publishing interim and final reports.

Nicholas Goldin and Mark Stein of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett – both former prosecutors with extensive experience in conducting investigations across the globe – examine the unique challenges of monitorships arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). FCPA monitorships, by their nature, involve US laws regulating conduct carried out abroad, and so Goldin and Stein examine the difficulties that may arise from this situation, including potential cultural differences that may affect the relationship between the monitor and the company. Additionally, Alex Lipman, a former federal prosecutor and branch chief in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Ashley Baynham, fellow partner at Brown Rudnick LLP, explore how monitorships are used in resolutions with the SEC. Further, Bart M Schwartz of Guidepost Solutions LLC – former Chief of the Criminal Division in the Southern District of New York, who later served as independent monitor for General Motors – explores how enforcement agencies decide whether to appoint a monitor and how that monitor is selected. Schwartz provides an overview of different types of monitorships, the various agencies that have appointed monitors in the past, and the various considerations that go into the decisions to use and select a monitor.

Part II contains three chapters that offer experts’ perspectives on monitorships: that of an academic, an in-house attorney and forensic accountants at Forensic Risk Alliance. Professor Mihailis E Diamantis of the University of Iowa provides an academic perspective, describing the unique criminal justice advantages and vulnerabilities of monitorships, as well as the implications that the appointment of a monitor could have for other types of criminal sanctions. Jeffrey A Taylor, a former US Attorney for the District of Columbia and chief compliance officer of General Motors, who is now executive vice president and chief litigation counsel of Fox Corporation, provides an in-house perspective, examining what issues a company must confront when faced with a monitor and suggesting strategies that corporations can follow to navigate a monitorship. Finally, Frances McLeod and her co-authors at Forensic Risk Alliance explore the role of forensic firms in monitorships, examining how these firms can use data analytics and transaction testing to identify relevant issues and risk in a monitored financial institution.

Part III includes four chapters that examine the issues that arise in the context of cross-border monitorships and the unique characteristics of monitorships in different areas of the world. First, litigator Shaun Wu, who served as a monitor to a large Chinese state-owed enterprise, and his co-authors at Kobre & Kim examine the treatment of monitorships in the East Asia region. Switzerland-based investigators Daniel Bühr and Simone Nadelhofer of Lalive SA explore the Swiss financial regulatory body’s use of monitors. Judith Seddon, an experienced white-collar solicitor in the United Kingdom, and her co-authors at Ropes & Gray International LLP explore how UK monitorships differ from those in the United States. And Gil Soffer, former Associate Deputy Attorney General, former federal prosecutor and a principal drafter of the Morford Memo, and his co-authors at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP consider the myriad issues that arise when a US regulator imposes a cross-border monitorship, examining issues of conflicting privacy and banking laws, the potential for culture clashes, and various other diplomatic and policy issues that corporations and monitors must face in an international context.

Part IV includes five chapters that provide subject-matter and sector-specific analyses of different kinds of monitorships. For example, with their co-authors at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, former Deputy Attorney General David Ogden and former US Attorney for the District of Columbia Ron Machen, co-monitors in a DOJ-led healthcare fraud monitorship, explore the appointment of monitors in cases alleging violations of healthcare law. Günter Degitz and Richard Kando of AlixPartners, both former monitors in the financial services industry, examine the use of monitorships in that field. Along with his co-authors at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, former US District Court Judge, Deputy Attorney General and Acting Attorney General Mark Filip, who returned to private practice and represented BP in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the company’s subsequent monitorship, explores issues unique to environmental and energy monitorships. Glen McGorty, a former federal prosecutor who now serves as the monitor of the New York City District Council of Carpenters and related Taft-Hartley benefit funds, and Joanne Oleksyk of Crowell & Moring LLP lend their perspectives to an examination of union monitorships. Michael J Bresnick of Venable LLP, who served as independent monitor of the residential mortgage-backed securities consumer relief settlement with Deutsche Bank AG, examines consumer-relief fund monitorships.

Finally, Part V contains two chapters discussing key issues that arise in connection with monitorships. McKool Smith’s Daniel W Levy, a former federal prosecutor who has been appointed to monitor an international financial institution, and Doreen Klein, a former New York County District Attorney, consider the complex issues of privilege and confidentiality surrounding monitorships. Among other things, Levy and Klein examine case law that balances the recognised interests in monitorship confidentiality against other considerations, such as the First Amendment. And former US District Court Judge John Gleeson, now of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, provides incisive commentary on judicial scrutiny of DPAs and monitorships. Gleeson surveys the law surrounding DPAs and monitorships, including the role and authority of judges with respect to them, as well as separation-of-powers issues.


The editors gratefully acknowledge Jenner & Block LLP for its support of this publication, as well as Jessica Ring Amunson, co-chair of Jenner’s appellate and Supreme Court practice, and Jenner associates Jessica Martinez, Ravi Ramanathan and Tessa JG Roberts for their important assistance.

Anthony S Barkow
Neil M Barofsky and Thomas J Perrelli
April 2019
New York and Washington, DC

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