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Helen Hwang is a member of Covington’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. Her practice focuses on counseling clients through complex and sensitive internal investigations, investigations by federal and state enforcement authorities, such as the DOJ and SEC, and related litigation involving alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-corruption laws, and the civil False Claims Act. Ms. Hwang also devotes significant time to pro bono work, such as helping families with adoptions, pursuing asylum for juvenile victims of violence, and helping victims of domestic violence.

  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a Fortune 500 global gaming and integrated resort company's Audit Committee into alleged FCPA violations in Macau and Mainland China, and represented the Audit Committee in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations.
  • Counseled a major film company on anti-corruption compliance related to projects in Asia.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a global construction and engineering company into potential FCPA violations in Latin America.
  • Counseled a Fortune 200 consumer goods company on anti-corruption compliance for a large M&A transaction, including pre-acquisition diligence and post-acquisition integration efforts in Africa, India, Europe, and Latin America.
  • Represented an aerospace and defense manufacturer in a DOJ False Claims Act investigation of alleged failure to comply with MIL-SPEC requirements for testing and qualification.
  • Represented a technology company in various criminal and civil regulatory investigations by SEC, DOJ, FTC, state AGs, and other regulators.
  • Represented a Special Committee of the board of directors of a technology company in an internal investigation involving allegations of a dysfunctional workplace culture and ineffective internal controls.
  • Represented a Special Committee of the board of directors of a national retailer in an internal investigation involving workplace culture issues.
  • Counseled a leading Medicare Advantage organization in connection with an internal investigation into alleged anti-kickback statute and false claims violations.
  • Represented a senior elected official in a federal political corruption investigation, which resulted in prosecutors declining to bring charges.
  • Represented a multinational oil and gas company in multiple government investigations concerning environmental and worker safety issues stemming from an incident at one of its refineries.
  • Represented a major financial institution in Fair Housing Act litigation brought by the City Attorney.

Pro Bono

  • Represented a juvenile applying for asylum.
  • Assisted multiple families with adoption proceedings.
  • Volunteered at LACBA’s Domestic Violence Clinic.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association