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Has something gone wrong? Do you need to know why, who, when and how? Do you need an independent perspective?
When you’re facing an investigation, allegation or crisis it’s essential to get to the important facts as quickly as possible. But these events typically come out of the blue, catching the organisation unawares. We are here to support you at every stage, from identifying, extracting and analysing relevant data, to making sure that you never face the same emergency again.
Businesses worldwide are under increasing pressure to demonstrate high ethical standards and meet stakeholder demands for transparency. Investigations, whether mandated by regulators or instigated internally, are on the rise as a result.
A range of diverse events and crises can warrant a thorough investigation, including:
Dealing with these events effectively takes time, effort and investment. Allegations must be investigated thoroughly, discreetly and quickly, with the minimum disruption to the business – requiring skills that typically go beyond the capabilities of a business. But we are here to help.
Our investigations teams have extensive experience of working on a wide range of complex investigations in multiple jurisdictions and sectors, including some of the most high-profile ever conducted. We work alongside in-house and external legal teams, carry out internal or regulator-mandated investigations, and frequently support audit teams to help them understand issues that may arise during their work.
Our investigations typically include:
We assisted our client, a global engineering company, and its external legal counsel in its internal investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption and associated intermediaries. Our work involved conducting a forensic accounting investigation to identify payments to numerous intermediaries, mostly over a 12-14 year period across multiple territories and using multiple sources of structured and unstructured data, including banking data, accounting information, and hard copy records. Our work was provided to the relevant authorities and enabled the client to demonstrate that it had fully cooperated with the relevant authorities, which resulted in a favourable settlement for our client.
Our client suspected fraud or misconduct at one of its global distributors. Using data analytics techniques, our team investigated, looking for indications of bribery, corruption or fraud. The results of this analysis informed our on-site visits, reducing the cost of the reviews. The resulting forensic report meant that the client eventually took legal action against the distributor, as well as a number of employees.