Lara Covington is a White-Collar Defense Attorney who has substantial experience representing corporations and individuals in connection with investigations and enforcement actions involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), U.S. Export Controls, U.S. Economic Sanctions, and other U.S. government regulatory issues.
Lara is well-versed in managing internal investigations on behalf of multinational corporations and conducts global investigations for Fortune 500 companies involving issues in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. In addition, she counsels companies responding to potential misconduct and assists them with government-imposed compliance obligations.
Lara advises clients in designing, enhancing, and implementing compliance programs and procedures that are tailored to address the given risk profiles of individual companies. She also conducts regulatory diligence for investments in a wide range of industries and assists companies with third-party screening, remediation efforts, and other ongoing compliance obligations.
Lara represented a former employee of a U.S.-based defense contractor with respect to investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) into alleged FCPA violations involving the provision of improper gifts and hospitality to Saudi Arabia’s government officials and the settlement of those charges with the SEC. Lara also represented the CEO of a military and law enforcement equipment company accused of trying to bribe African officials in an undercover sting operation that resulted in the largest single prosecution of individuals in the history of FCPA enforcement. In addition, she represented a dozen senior executives of a Fortune 200 company involved in an export control investigation that resulted in a highly publicized enforcement action by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security.