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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 2018: Analysis

Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review have once again come together to produce an in-depth report into the leading lawyers worldwide in the field of investigations.

This year, we feature 558 practitioners from 269 firms across 40 jurisdictions who stand out for their exceptional work assisting companies and individuals on both external and internal investigations as well as external enforcement proceedings and dawn raids.

Investigations - Future Leaders 2018: Analysis

In our first ever edition of WWL: Investigations – Future Leaders, which ranks the most eminent lawyers in the field under 45, a total of 84 partners and 30 non-partners are recognised as those practitioners whom the market tips to become the go-to names on matters regarding investigations, anti-corruption and white-collar crime in the coming years.

Investigations 2018: Digital Forensic Experts

This year, we highlight 66 experts from 27 firms in the field of digital forensics. The individuals listed are the world’s foremost experts when it comes to investigations involving e-discovery, computer forensics and data recovery and analysis.

Practitioners based in the US and England account for 60 per cent of our listings this year, making these the leading regions in the field. Deloitte Corporate Finance is the top firm for digital forensics, with 11 experts from the firm’s North America, Europe, Asia and Australia recognised. FTI Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers also impress, achieving five listings each.

Investigations 2018: Forensic Accountants

In this chapter, we highlight 89 top-tier forensic accountants from 26 firms worldwide for their work assisting clients with disputes and regulatory inquiries. Those included have proven track records supporting clients under investigation in a range of contexts, including accounting fraud, foreign corruption investigations and investigative due diligence.

The experts identified by this year’s research are spread across 14 jurisdictions, with those based in England comprising over 40 per cent of the total listings. Global business advisory firm FTI Consulting is the most prominent in the area, with 15 outstanding experts from across five continents recognised. Big Four accounting firms Deloitte and KPMG also perform well, achieving nominations around the globe.

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.

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