As investigations lawyers we treat every case as a piece of precision surgery, combining the skill and experience of our criminal and civil lawyers with the latest technology for minimum disruption. We are ready to help companies that have uncovered issues with potentially criminal, regulatory or civil repercussions such as suspected bribery, fraud, cartel activity, sanctions and/or money laundering breaches, or market manipulation.
Where necessary, we draw on other specialists within the firm, from practices including employment, data protection and reputation management. Our use of technology, including AI tools and our in-house eDiscovery product, MDR Discover, means we can investigate issues quickly and in a way that is cost-effective, with minimum disruption to our clients' businesses. In addition, analysts from MDR Cyber, our cyber consultancy and intelligence business, can work alongside our lawyers from day one of an investigation if required.
Given our experience of regulators and prosecuting bodies, we can also advise on whether a report to the relevant authorities is required. Where this might lead to an external investigation, we will work with clients to reach the right resolution. Our criminal defence lawyers have advised on every type of criminal resolution, including decisions of no further action, concluded deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs), civil recovery orders and acquittals following a contested trial.
For multi-jurisdictional investigations, the International Fraud Group, comprising firms across 30 jurisdictions, is able to offer investigatory services with a unified global approach.
We have particular expertise in advising organisations in relation to financial crime risks with experience of conducting compliance reviews and advising different organisations across a range of sectors on the adequacy of their procedures to tackle such risks.
We specialise in advising corporates in respect of the risks that may attach to specific projects or transactions, whether those risks concern bribery and corruption, potential money laundering, or the breach of sanction controls, for example. We also have extensive experience in conducting detailed audits of an organisation's approach to financial crime risks in general, including reviewing and drafting effective and proportionate policies and guidance and identifying and remediating any weaknesses in processes. In the event that there is a suspected issue, we are able to investigate any suspected breaches, working closely with our clients to agree how best to remedy the breach.
We have significant expertise in advising on the application of the UK's Bribery Act 2010, which creates the criminal offence of failing to prevent persons associated with a commercial organisation from bribing another person on behalf of that organisation, and the application of the UK's Criminal Finances Act 2017, which creates very similar offences in respect of tax evasion.
Increasingly, companies appoint law firms to carry out independent reviews, either proactively or as part of a regulatory or prosecutorial settlement. Since the introduction of DPAs in the UK, the Court can appoint a monitor to oversee and report on a company's programme of remediation. Our lawyers are experienced in agreeing and implementing monitoring programmes for corporate clients, reviewing existing internal controls, and reporting back to the company and regulator.