Even in successful and very well-managed companies, employees or board members may be suspected of committing criminal offenses. This is all the more true since such offenses can be reported more easily under the Whistleblower Protection Act or the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act. In such suspected cases, managers or the supervisory body are obliged to comprehensively investigate the allegation while maintaining the necessary confidentiality. Numerous legal and organisational pitfalls often require the involvement of external consultants. ...read more
Compliance & Investigations
When it comes to avoiding high fines, penalties and massive reputational damage, prevention is always better than cure. But what should you do if a compliance breach is suspected or has already been made public, or if there is even a threat of financial losses?
Even an efficient and effective governance, risk and compliance management system cannot prevent all misconduct. Fraud detection is also part of a compliance management system. If there is a suspicion of a breach of legal requirements and regulations, such as economic crimes, data protection or antitrust violations, a quick and competent response is required to identify and minimize the impending risks.
An internal investigation entails a variety of challenges and risks. In particular, a high level of specialist expertise is required when uncovering white-collar crime or antitrust violations. In these cases, it is in the interests of the company and those responsible to have the facts clarified by neutral and highly specialized consultants.
At the latest when there is a threat of criminal investigation proceedings being initiated, sound knowledge of the framework conditions of criminal procedure is required in addition to knowledge of commercial criminal law in order to assert oneself against public prosecutors and in court. The same applies to investigations by special authorities.
Our experts in auditing and legal advice support you hand in hand in the independent, comprehensive and efficient investigation of the suspected case and accompany you from the initiation of legal countermeasures to the defense against public prosecutors, other investigating authorities and in court. You can rely on competent and targeted advice and defense from our leading advisors in white-collar criminal law and in all areas of compliance.