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The world’s most sophisticated business organizations turn to Covington for anti-corruption advice and investigative counsel.

With roots in the conception of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Covington has been a leading voice on U.S. legislation and policy relating to anti-corruption enforcement and compliance, as well as on new legislation around the world, including the U.K. Bribery Act.

Our global practice has garnered the attention of numerous publications, including Global Investigations Review, Chambers and Legal 500.

As the home to a former U.S. Attorney General, three former heads of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, and numerous other former high-ranking prosecutors, Covington has unmatched expertise in guiding clients safely through this prevailing climate of heightened enforcement.

We are also one of the few firms in the world to have a senior lawyer resident in China who focuses on anti-corruption counseling and investigations. 

Across both counseling and investigations, our anti-corruption team is able to provide “24-hour” real-time support to our clients with seamless coordination across the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Our team has handled matters throughout the world, including in Brazil, China, Eastern Europe, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Middle East, Russia, South Korea, and the UK.

We are further distinguished by our ability to translate nuanced legal analysis into practical advice that makes sense to business clients. With more than 35 years of experience advising companies on the toughest compliance questions, conducting internal investigations, and helping to design and implement effective compliance programs, we have the experience and sophistication to guide clients through the prevailing climate of heightened enforcement.

  • The American LawyerWhite Collar/Regulatory Litigation Department of the Year "Finalist" (2018) 
  • National Law Journal, "Washington Litigation Department of the Year" Finalist (2015)
  • China Business Law Journal - China Business Law Awards, Anti-bribery and Anti-corruption Firm of the Year - International Firms (2020)
  • Global Investigations Review recognized the firm's FCPA practice among Washington’s “elite,” the highest tier in its “Washington DC’s FCPA Bar” survey (2016).
  • Global Investigations Review 30 (2016-2017)
  • Global Investigations Review 100 (2015)
  • Latinvex Top International Law Firms: Top FCPA & Fraud Firms (2016-2019;2021)
  • Chambers Global for Corporate Investigations: Anti-Corruption (2018-2020)
  • Chambers USA for FCPA (2018-2019)
  • Chambers Latin America for Fraud & Corporate Investigations (2017)
  • Chambers Europe for Corporate Investigations (2017)
  • Chambers UK for Financial Crime (2017)
  • Legal 500 UK (2016)
  • Legal 500 US (2016)
  • Covington’s China anti-corruption practice was recognized by China Law & Practice as the Regulatory & Compliance Firm of the Year (2016).
  • Eric Carlson was recognized by China Law & Practice as the Regulatory & Compliance Lawyer of the Year (2016).
  • Recognized as a Leading Anti-Corruption Practice by Latin Lawyer (2015).