• Privilege,  Wiretapping

    When Your Lawyer Dimes You In A Wireless World: Undercover Techniques and White-Collar Investigations

    It has become commonplace to note the ascendancy in white-collar investigations of techniques previously reserved for investigations of organized crime and violent, life-and-death offenses. Three recent articles bring the issue around again. The New York Times notes that More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations: The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews show. . . . Undercover work, inherently invasive and sometimes dangerous, was once largely the domain of the F.B.I. and a few other law enforcement agencies at the federal level.…

  • Cocktails,  Compliance,  Ethics

    Weekend: GCs on Boards and Gin in Ice

     Notes For the Weekend:   I tend to agree:  No, General Counsels Should Not Be On The Board.  The conflicts can be too great.  GCs sometimes have a hard enough time, as it is, being honest brokers and, as the saying goes, speaking truth to power. Especially good corruption, bribery and FCPA collection from Corruption Currents  (via@WSJRisk).               As always, a good summary of white-collar news from @WaltPavlo and 500 Pearl Street.   And finally . . . The best “coffee-table” book I have read on martinis is The Martini: An Illustrated History of an American Classic by Barnaby Conrad III: A chilled, crystal…