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Best Practices in Multi-Jurisdictional Corporate Investigations

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Gary DiBianco, Matthew Cowie and Caroline Wojtylak of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom outline best practices for multi-jurisdictional investigations.

"The standard investigational issues to be addressed throughout the course of an investigation – data preservation and collection, interviews of relevant individuals, fact analysis and reporting, disclosure obligations and settlement negotiations – present particular risks that must be evaluated at each step of the investigation."

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Analysis: Investigations

Investigations 2017: Analysis

Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review have once again combined to identify the leading lawyers, forensic accountants and digital forensics experts active in this sector. The lawyers listed this guide regularly assist both companies and individuals during internal and external investigations. These lawyers not only lead internal investigations, acting for corporates who suspect wrongdoing on the part of one of their employees, but also those individuals under investigation themselves. Additionally, they regularly assist clients facing external enforcement proceedings, supervising dawn raids, and ensuring that regulatory authorities are kept in check during investigative proceedings. In this fourth edition, 562 practitioners from 271 law firms are identified as the leading lawyers active in investigations work worldwide. 

Investigations 2017: Digital Forensics Experts Analysis

In this section, we highlight 50 leading digital forensics specialists who focus on the collection, preservation and analysis of large amounts of information to assist clients in both internal and external investigations.

The Big Four feature prominently in our research, as do international accounting firms Kroll, FTI Consulting and Duff & Phelps. 

Investigations 2017: Forensic Accountants Analysis

In this chapter, 89 leading forensic accountants are identified across over 20 firms, and are recognised for their work aiding clients in relation to disputes and regulatory inquiries, as well as foreign corruption investigations and investigative due diligence.

The Big Four accounting firms once again stand out for their excellent offerings, with Deloitte and KPMG demonstrating their strong position in the market with 13 listings apiece. 

The Implications of the FCPA Rush

In the short window between the election of Donald Trump in November 2016 and his inauguration in January, the US government resolved an unusually large number of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases in quick succession. After Trump’s election, five companies resolved FCPA charges with the US government before the year was finished, and six more in 2017 pre-inauguration.

Investigations 2016: Analysis

Who’s Who Legal and its sister publication Global Investigations Review have combined to identify the leading lawyers, forensic accountants and digital forensic experts in this sector for the third time. In total we pick out 507 lawyers, 83 forensic accountants and 49 digital forensic experts from 37 countries.

Forensic Accountants and Digital Forensic Experts Analysis

Our research picks out the foremost forensic accountants with recognised expertise in this field, as well as the outstanding digital forensic experts. The former were commended for their knowledge of disputes and regulatory issues, and the latter were recognised by the market for their skills in e-discovery, computer forensics, data recovery and analysis for clients including law firms and corporations.

The Big Four feature prominently in our research, as do leading international accounting and consulting firms FTI ConsultingGrant Thornton, Kroll and Berkeley Research Group.

What Lies Ahead?

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From governments worldwide turning up the heat on money laundering and terrorism financing to China’s relentless anti-corruption drive, 2016 is set to be a challenging year for authorities, companies and lawyers alike. GIR asks investigations specialists around the world what issues they’ll be keeping a close eye on in the coming year.

Investigations Legal Marketplace Analysis 2015

Who’s Who Legal has combined with sister publication Global Investigations Review to produce this second edition identifying the world’s leading investigations lawyers. This year we feature a total of 384 lawyers, 42 forensic accountants and 31 digital forensic experts from across 31 countries.

Several firms stand out for the quality of their lawyers in this sector, with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom heading the research overall. London-based Kingsley Napley, Clifford Chance, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Hogan Lovells and DC-based Miller & Chevalier Chartered are also among the most impressive for their strength and depth.

We also select the 10 most highly regarded individuals from across the world, based on the number of recommendations they received from clients and peers.

Analysis: Forensic Experts

We once again identify the outstanding forensic accountants and digital forensic experts in the field of investigations. Those selected in the former category are experts in aiding clients in relation to disputes and regulatory inquiries, as well as foreign corruption investigations and investigative due diligence, while those in the latter have a proven track record in relation to e-discovery, computer forensics, data recovery and analysis in investigations on behalf of both law firms and corporations.

Global accountancy powerhouses Deloitte, KPMG and PwC lead the way in our research. Business advisory firm FTI Consulting is also internationally reputable for its forensic experts. Meanwhile, Kroll has pioneered investigative consultancy for 40 years and enjoys an equally prestigious reputation.

Research: Trends & Conclusions

From a new kind of FCPA RICO case to France’s double jeopardy conundrum, the lawyers we spoke to have picked out trends that may have gone unnoticed by others. But before turning to the future and what it may bring, it’s worth reviewing the year just gone. Last year was certainly a busy one for investigations lawyers and enforcement agencies alike...

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