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The investigation of potentially non-compliant practices by enterprises is high on the agenda of competent authorities around the globe. Reports of new proceedings being launched appear almost daily. Every company may face allegations. Every company can become the target of a regulatory investigation. Regardless of whether an internal whistleblower files a report or allegations are raised by authorities or third parties, if the situation is not handled properly, companies may suffer not only severe regulatory sanctions (in individual cases in the billions), but also reputational damage, loss of revenue, value and confidence, which could be irreparable at worst.

These risks are intensified by a trend currently seen in the media to seize upon alleged unlawful acts committed by major companies at a very early stage. It is important for board members, managers and in-house counsel to respond properly and swiftly to suspicions of wrongdoing. If there is reason to suspect that potentially illegal or even criminal activities have been carried out in the company, the incidents must be investigated decisively and thoughtfully.

A thorough and swift clarification of the issue will ensure the management's ability to act and remain in the “driver’s seat”. Risks can be assessed and ultimately controlled only when the facts are known. Clarifying suspicions swiftly and comprehensively, identifying a legally sound response strategy and supporting you in its implementation in Germany and abroad – this is what we offer.

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News & insights

Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Enforcement Actions Tracker

Publications: 07 SEPTEMBER 2020

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Enforcement Actions Trends and Tracker

The SFC published its annual report for 2019/2020 in June and recently published its quarterly report for Q2 2020.

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Publications: 14 NOVEMBER 2019

Employee interviews in internal investigations

Recent developments in the U.S., UK and Germany have cast a spotlight on the interplay between corporate internal investigation interviews and investigations by, and cooperation with, the authorities.…

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Publications: 28 AUGUST 2019

New German act on corporate sanctions and internal investigations taking shape

A Corporate Sanctions Act is taking shape in Germany. It would bring about a significant increase in potential corporate fines, introduce far-reaching changes to the prosecution of corporate crimes…

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Publications: 11 OCTOBER 2018

Internal investigations documents seised in lawful law firm raid

The much publicised raid of U.S. law firm Jones Day’s Munich office and the seizure of documents relating to VW’s internal investigation by prosecutors in an investigation of Audi AG were legal,…

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Investigations Insight

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A&O's blog highlighting the current issues

Focusing on the latest trends, risks and developments in business crime and financial services investigations.

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