Investigation & forensic services
We combine our investigatory, financial, accounting, technological, regulatory and strategic expertise to help clients identify and remediate potential misconduct relating to civil, criminal and regulatory matters. Such misconduct may include bribery, money laundering, conflict of interests, theft, sanction violations, tax fraud, misreporting or false accounting issues, asset stripping, cyber attacks, data leaks and breach of duty of care.
Our investigations and forensic services team is composed of experienced forensic investigators and accountants, economists, technologists, corporate intelligence professionals, former law enforcement officials and investigation attorneys who conduct highly sensitive, confidential cross-border investigations, including, if required, cooperating with law enforcement and regulatory authorities. Our experience includes responding to matters arising from the US FCPA, UK Bribery Act, French law Sapin II, Italian law 231, EU and US sanctions and competition laws, and myriad national anti-fraud and tax laws.
Our forensic accounting team includes experienced professionals with backgrounds in accounting, corporate finance and valuation. Our professionals are able to look at the “big picture” to identify suspicious financial flows or accounting entries. Our forensic accountants also work closely with our other forensic specialists (forensic technology, compliance, data, cybersecurity, corporate intelligence) to more effectively process and review financial data as well as to understand the conditions and rationale of transactions under review.
Our forensic technology team includes specialised and experienced professionals recruited from the largest international forensic technology practice groups. We work to provide credible and effective electronic data solutions to subject matter experts, legal advisers and/or investigators in connection with disputes, arbitration, litigation, investigations and compliance matters. We use the highest quality standards, offering both cloud-based solutions and the ability to host client data securely on our servers physically located in strategic locations in Europe and the Middle East. We have also developed proprietary investigative tools and intellectual property, including:
- AccurUpload, a secure and user-friendly tool that enhances and simplifies the process of uploading documents to Relativity, allowing our clients to manage their own document reviews and significantly reducing costs for smaller scale reviews;
- Accuracy Forensic View, a powerful digital detective tool that can help jumpstart investigations by quickly identifying whether custodians have deliberately sought to hide electronic evidence or are exhibiting other signs of guilty behaviour.
Our corporate intelligence team provides our clients with the intelligence needed to make informed decisions about business partners, third parties and other parties of interest.
We assist clients facing critical decisions across their business cycle. Our integrity due diligence reports help clients mitigate integrity and reputational risks associated with prospective acquisitions, business partners and third parties. Our fact-finding and background investigations involve in-depth examinations of high-risk issues, often in the context of contractual disputes or allegations of business misconduct. We regularly work closely with our clients’ legal teams on asset-tracing and recovery matters, providing them with intelligence on a counter-party’s asset position to help shape their larger legal and enforcement strategies.
We have extensive experience helping clients to develop, enhance, implement and test corporate compliance programmes, with particular expertise relating to programmes addressing France’s Sapin II law and the US FCPA. Our teams also conduct compliance-focused due diligence for large corporate transactions; develop and implement compliance programmes in connection with companies’ risks relating to fraud, sanction violations and competition issues; and conduct detailed assessments and testing of internal control frameworks.
Our experts conduct cyber-related investigations, due diligence and strategic reviews, including cyber-related financial assessments in connection with acquisitions. Our cyber experts have significant experience working for a wide range of clients, from private equity firms to large multinationals.
We advise clients on the strategic use of data, including leveraging its use in internal reviews and developing solutions using analytics and artificial intelligence. Our team has experience with the management and use of data in a number of forensic contexts, including the design, development and implementation of analytics and AI capabilities in connection with investigations and compliance-related reviews.
We assist clients conducting reviews associated with ESG risks, including guiding clients on how to respond to emerging European requirements related to supply chain and other sustainability-related due diligence. Our teams also work with companies to put in place plans to comply with France’s Corporate Duty of Care (Devoir de Vigilance) law and to assess corporate carbon footprints.