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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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Publications: 02 JULY 2021

Germany’s New Supply Chain Act – Part 4 of 4 – FAQs

This briefing is Part 4 of a series of briefings aiming at providing an overview of the key elements of the new German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act.

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Publications: 22 JUNE 2021

Germany’s New Supply Chain Act – Part 2 of 4 – Compliance

The German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act imposes a mandatory obligation on certain companies operating in Germany to establish, implement and update due diligence procedures to assess compliance with…

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Publications: 11 JUNE 2021

Germany’s New Supply Chain Act – Part 1 of 4 – Introduction

On 11 June 2021, the German parliament approved the Federal Act on Entrepreneurial Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains (“Gesetz über die unternehmerischen Sorgfaltspflichten zur Vermeidung von…

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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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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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