​Investigations

Patterson Belknap, well known for its investigative work, serves a substantial number of financial institutions and major corporations with sensitive internal and external matters requiring independent scrutiny. This work extends into the bankruptcy and debtor-creditor area. The firm’s attorneys have frequently been called upon to perform investigations and to act swiftly to maximize recovery on behalf of creditors, creditors’ committees or trustees in bankruptcies and workout cases involving allegations of fraud and embezzlement.

A significant number of Patterson Belknap’s attorneys were formerly associated with prosecutors’ offices, and the firm takes great pride in the fact that many prosecutors in New York are its alumni. Representative recent matters include:

  • Investigation of multi-million dollar embezzlement and misappropriation by financial officer of an entertainment company and diversified efforts to recover embezzled and misappropriated assets in a Chapter 11 case; related civil litigation resulting in significant recovery from a third party whose negligence contributed to loss.
  • Investigation of embezzlement by senior financial officer of a manufacturing company resulting in restitution agreement involving other creditor interests.
  • Advising securities firm which suffered heavy losses as a result of unauthorized investments by senior executives.