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Corporate investigations

Corporate Investigations Seeking evidence of corporate wrongdoing

Risk Advisory’s investigators support internal enquiries into cases of fraud, bribery, corruption and other forms of corporate malfeasance.

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When allegations of wrongdoing arise, we work with clients’ internal investigations teams and boards to investigate whether or not a serious issue exists.

We often work under the direction of a client’s external legal advisors to design and implement agreed investigative strategies and to obtain evidence.

Clients also value our relationship with the Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA), which provides international forensic accounting services and data solutions.

Endorsed with top rankings in Chambers Litigation Support Guide 2020.

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Clients who partner with us benefit from our:

  • High ethical standards – We always maintain the highest ethical standards in conducting investigations in order to protect a client’s reputation, as well as our own.
  • Global network – Our worldwide reach, language skills and first-hand knowledge of local practices allow us to work on the largest international investigations in the most complex environments.
  • Responsiveness – We appreciate the need to move quickly on investigation work and can mobilise expert teams at short notice, keeping clients regularly informed on progress.

Key features of our corporate investigations service include:

  • Determination of a counterparty’s assets and international relationships
  • Identification and tracing of potential witnesses
  • Establishment of witness or counterparty background issues
  • Determination of the veracity of allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud or breach of contract
  • Proving breaches of intellectual property rights
  • Highly professional approach to investigative work
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Open Skies investigation

As part of the ongoing ‘Open Skies’ dispute between US and Gulf carriers, we led an investigation into financial assistance provided by the US government to United, American and Delta during the last 25 years.  

The Risk Advisory team spent several months analysing bankruptcy restructurings, pension fund bailouts, fuel subsidies and other grants, concessions and benefits, ultimately identifying $71.48 billion in benefits awarded to those airlines. Those findings – disseminated in our client’s PR campaign – provided valuable leverage in the context of the dispute.

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Offshore recovery

After the collapse of a joint venture, our client pursued arbitration against a major Indian shipping business, seeking to enforce a $100 million award. Gathering corporate investigation evidence on our client’s behalf in India, the UAE and several offshore centres, we were able to show that the defendant had restructured its operations to shield assets from creditors.

We identified a fleet of commercial vessels held through a network of offshore entities which had not been subject to any freezing orders by other creditors. The vessels had equity exceeding $80 million, which enabled our client’s legal team to start recovery proceedings. 

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