Corporate Ethics & Compliance

We develop best-in-class corporate compliance and ethics programs curated for our clients’ business needs and built to withstand global regulator and law enforcement scrutiny. Bolstered by our in-house experience designing and enhancing corporate compliance programs at companies across the industry spectrum, we join with in-house compliance professionals to install dynamic-yet-pragmatic solutions that work in lockstep with our clients’ risk profiles, cultures, organizational structures, systems, and processes.

Global regulators, enforcement agencies, investors, and commercial business partners expect companies—regardless of size, industry, and geography—to maintain robust ethics and compliance programs. Regulators expect without question that publicly traded companies implement such programs. And increasingly, boards, senior management, and investors of non-public companies are deeply invested in catalyzing growth while mitigating legal, compliance, and reputational risk.

Our corporate ethics and compliance team identifies and mitigates these legal and compliance risks in line with a company’s risk threshold—now a strategic imperative, as a company’s reputation ebbs and flows with its compliance failures or successes.


A foundational pillar of our practice is compliance implementation, including advising clients on the following: 

  • Building global compliance programs
  • Counseling on existing programs
  • Developing codes of conduct and other compliance policies
  • Conducting risk assessments
  • Evaluating and enhancing existing anticorruption programs
  • Improving upon internal controls and processes 
  • Training employees

We appreciate that each company’s needs are their own and demand a closely tailored approach that aligns with their ambitious business goals and the often-daunting range of accompanying compliance mandates.


Morgan Lewis has front-line experience representing companies and individuals across a wide industry spectrum. From the world’s largest pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, to leading banks and financial institutions, to global conglomerates, we have a command of the issues our clients face.

From pre- and post-transaction due diligence to compliance counseling and training, our lawyers craft mechanisms that reduce the risk of corrupt activity—and the enforcement actions and other consequences that flow from them. Where investigations arise, we advise on remedial actions along the way, drawing upon our intimate knowledge of enforcement agency expectations to best position our clients to mitigate exposure.