Whether you are looking to retrieve assets, protect your organisation's reputation, respond to allegations, provide reassurance to board members or uncover potential fraud, you can trust our team to help. We can also undertake an independent investigation on behalf of, or in response to, a regulatory organisation.
Experienced in all aspects of investigations, we understand the need to act quickly, to manage risk and to take a results-focused approach. We can also discuss flexible pricing for different stages of our investigation to meet your needs.
One of the benefits of having lawyers conduct investigations is that the work we do and advice we give can attract legal privilege. Where there may be legal risk it will be crucial to preserve confidentiality and legal privilege so you have options as to what you disclose to third parties and when. We can help you manage this.
All the expertise you need
As a rule, we use a small, carefully selected team. Not only does it keep costs down, it also enables us to achieve better results. With knowledge shared between a small number of people, it's far easier to spot the discrepancies and join the dots.
However, as a full-service firm we can draw on a wealth of specialist knowledge, as required. For example, our corporate investigations specialists worked with lawyers from our pensions, property and employment teams to conduct an investigation into allegations of fraud, conspiracy and breach of duty by individuals at a not-for-profit regulated organisation.
We conducted the investigation on behalf of the British Bankers' Association into the LIBOR-rigging scandal. Our expertise also includes investigations involving Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, the Office of Fair Trading, and the European Commission, US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
We make use of all the tools at our disposal to get the right result
You want the job done efficiently and effectively ... we will make it happen. In getting answers we have used tools as old as the Bankers Book Evidence Act 1891, and as modern as third-party disclosure orders against Amazon and Google.
No matter where the problem occurs, we have the international network to get the best possible outcome for clients. With colleagues in our Munich office, we acted for a US-headquartered company into a fraud alleged, by a whistle-blower, to have taken place in its German subsidiary. The fraud extended to Greece and, calling on our international network of contacts, we pursued the investigation there too.
We also successfully represented the Federal Republic of Brazil in relation to the alleged corruption of Paulo Maluf, the former mayor of Sao Paulo, obtaining a judgment in excess of US$28 million for the client.
The Bribery Act 2010 is one of the toughest pieces of anti-corruption legislation anywhere in the world, stricter in its terms than the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Taking a tough line on fraud and corruption, those who get it wrong face the prospect of hefty financial penalties and criminal sanctions.
Businesses should put in place detailed procedures which attempt to prevent bribery by staff and other agents or representatives. If the worst happens, and activity which may amount to bribery is discovered, organisations need to act quickly to obtain expert legal advice.
Our team can guide organisations through this complex area of legislation and advise on everything from defending against regulatory actions/prosecutions and investigating allegations of wrongdoing, to managing high-risk situations (threats, extortion or blackmail) and developing policies and procedures to combat bribery.
To discuss our investigations expertise, whether for corporates and other organisations, contact partners Patrick Arben and James Sidwell.