Situations in corporate life can develop surprisingly quickly into crises. Corporate criminal liability and exterritorial effects of anticorruption legislation such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, UK Bribery Act, SAPIN II law and many others impose additional burdens on companies, as regulators and law enforcement agencies are under increasing pressure to investigate and prosecute companies and individuals for criminal misconduct and regulatory breaches. As a director, you may even find yourself personally liable for alleged wrong-doing in the course of business. When your personal and company reputation is at stake or large compensation claims threaten your corporate existence, a timely and right response is key.
We are familiar with the risks you are exposed to when conducting business in the region. Our experienced team can guide you through situations involving large-scale corporate events or cross-border investigations. No matter what industry sector you operate in, we can structure a corporate investigation in a way that your legal privilege will be preserved and no reporting duty triggered. As prevention is better than cure, our experts can also assist you in implementing an effective compliance management system.
Areas of Specialisation
The concept of corporate criminal liability is still relatively new for the CEE region. At the same time, the extraterritorial impact of foreign anti-corruption laws is significant and criminal prosecution of legal entities is on the rise. We help you navigate this complex landscape and overcome both existing and potential risks you face when conducting business here. We can advise you in relation to allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, breach of financial or trade sanctions, cartel investigations, insider trading, cybercrime, money laundering and other types of financial misconduct.
Whether you are the subject of an authorities-initiated investigation, whistle-blower complaint, dawn raid or have to deal with a business ethics breach, you can rely on us to provide you with top-level legal assistance. We routinely deal with local and cross-border matters requiring an in-depth corporate investigation, including representation in related criminal proceedings. We don't just assist you in finding the best litigation strategy but, together with you and with crisis PR specialists, we help to put crisis management and communication plans in place.
Criminal authorities increasingly look to existing compliance standards when exercising their powers to prosecute companies or when scrutinising how companies react to criminal incidents going forward. We are on hand to develop and implement your compliance management system, including setting up e-learning programmes, as well as drafting and reviewing your compliance documents such as code of ethics, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering guidelines or rules on internal whistleblowing procedures.
Our in-house Corporate Intelligence Unit provides extensive intelligence services targeted at ensuring your success and protection. By collecting, reviewing and analysing information from publicly available and commercial resources we provide you with in-depth legal and business background research on companies and individuals, the connections between them, their involvement in current and past cases, media coverage etc. We also run your KYC, reputational or pre-acquisition checks.
In today's digital world misappropriated assets can move at an incredible speed. The sooner you start tracing them, the higher the chances of limiting the damage. We help you gather all information necessary and, through our network of asset-tracing services and corporate intelligence providers, we give you the upper hand when developing efficient strategies.
Finding the information relevant to you in a mass of electronic data is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. We are familiar with the use of e-Discovery technology, a sophisticated and transparent tool for collecting and reviewing electronically stored data that potentially may become a source of evidence. Using a clearly defined scope of review and with a list of specific key search terms, we can find, analyse and flag the information relevant to you; all this while preserving your data privacy obligations. We cooperate with the top e-Discovery providers and give independent advice on the best available solution for your situation.
Recognised team quickly gaining strength in the field of compliance law, including high-profile white-collar crime proceedings. Known for representing clients in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors in corporate investigations. Clients additionally hail from the automotive and professional services industries.