Background - Practices (Regulatory & Policy) - 2016 Update

Regulatory & Policy

From the start, Crowell & Moring has helped businesses navigate the complex and shifting regulatory landscape. Companies across every industry face the increasing impact of regulation, be it overlapping and confusing regulatory regimes, changes to existing laws, industries shifting from regulation to deregulation and back again, or new administrations with different enforcement and policy priorities. Such changes can disrupt business operations, inhibit innovation, and potentially cause industry-level upheavals.

Clients turn to us to help them navigate both legal, policy and business issues. We are called upon time and time again to anticipate the next set of challenges, develop sophisticated solutions, identify opportunities, and help our clients achieve their commercial and compliance goals.

Our work during the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the firm’s ability to help companies in heavily regulated industries succeed in new and challenging environments. A number of our clients revamped their factory lines and raised their hand to help the country through the crisis—becoming in just a short period of time government contractors, mask manufacturers, and much more. We leveraged our government-facing regulatory and government contracts experience to help clients rise to a challenge that companies had not faced in decades.

We have experience that spans well beyond the U.S., with a number of our lawyers having held key government positions in China, the United Kingdom, Canada, and elsewhere. The depth and breadth of our regulatory and policy practice has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA and other leading publications, placing us among the world’s premier regulatory law firms.

A representative list of the U.S. federal, U.S. state, and non-U.S. agencies that we practice before regularly is available here.

How We Can Help

Our regulatory work covers the full life cycle of clients’ needs, including:

  • Representing clients in proceedings for judicial and administrative review of agency actions — whether as a petitioner, respondent, or an intervener.
  • Conducting comprehensive compliance, ethics, and internal control assessments on a company-wide and areas-specific basis.
  • Defending against regulatory investigations and enforcement proceeding.
  • Assessing transactions to ensure compliance and securing the requisite clearances for deals or spin-offs.
  • Helping craft government policies outside the U.S. through our affiliate, C&M International.

We have extensive experience defending clients in highly regulated industries and in enforcement proceedings. And because our regulatory team works in concert with the firm’s litigators and trial attorneys, there is a seamless handoff whenever regulatory investigations lead to litigation.

Government Experience

With more than 100 lawyers who have held significant government positions at both the federal and state level, we have first-hand knowledge of how regulatory agencies work and think. Each of our regulatory practices and industry groups includes members with experience at myriad agencies and branches of the U.S. government. Our regulatory prowess is built on this depth and diversity of government experience. A full list is available here.