Beveridge & Diamond to Assist Larry Thompson as Independent Corporate Compliance Monitor and Auditor in Volkswagen AG Emissions Proceedings

Beveridge & Diamond

WASHINGTON, DC – A Beveridge & Diamond team led by firm Chairman Benjamin F. Wilson will assist Larry D. Thompson, Counsel to Finch McCranie, LLP and former Deputy U.S. Attorney General, whom the U.S. government has appointed as the Independent Corporate Compliance Monitor and Auditor for Volkswagen AG (VW). Mr. Thompson’s appointment is part of VW’s criminal plea agreement stemming from the company’s scheme to sell diesel vehicles containing software designed to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.

To assist him in monitoring VW’s corporate compliance, Mr. Thompson has assembled a team of leading corporate fraud investigators, compliance counselors, and environmental law experts.  He has selected Mr. Wilson to be the Deputy Monitor for Emissions and Environmental issues. Mr. Wilson currently serves as the court-appointed monitor in the Duke Energy coal ash cleanup, and has advised numerous corporate and municipal clients on significant environmental matters.  Beveridge & Diamond principal Tom Richichi, whose practice focuses on engine emissions, and firm principal Pete Anderson, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney board certified in corporate compliance by the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics, will also support Mr. Thompson’s work as corporate compliance monitor.

Additional members of the monitor support team include: Executive Deputy Monitor, Jonny Frank, a Partner with StoneTurn, and a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)-appointed Independent Compliance and Business Ethics Monitor to a Top 5 global investment bank; Deputy Monitor for Anti-Fraud, Ethics and Compliance, Scott Marrah, former Assistant U.S. Attorney, currently Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Co-Leader of the firm’s Government Enforcement & Investigations team, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee; and Counsel to the Monitor Michael A. Sullivan, former federal prosecutor and currently Partner at Finch McCranie.

In a press release issued on Friday, April 21, the day VW was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Detroit, MI, the DOJ stated that Mr. Thompson will oversee VW’s compliance reforms and implementation of the terms of the plea agreement over the next three years. 

Beveridge & Diamond’s 100 lawyers concentrate their practice on environmental litigation (including toxic torts), regulatory, compliance, and transactional matters. Widely recognized as one of the premier environmental law and litigation firms, the Firm helps clients in diverse industry sectors around the world resolve critical environmental and natural resource challenges relating to their facilities, products, and operations.

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