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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The Compliance practice is also gaining ground outside of the financial sector. This can be seen, for example, in some internal investigations, which A&O can efficiently handle with its own tech team and back office in Belfast. With the broadening of the client base - partly thanks to the law firm network, partly original - the range of content is also growing. A&O was involved with international seizures of assets after cyber attacks as well as with problems with the use of external personnel.
JUVE Handbook 2022/2023: Compliance/Investigations