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In the post-financial crisis world, legal and regulatory requirements are tougher, corporate misconduct laws are more stringent and enforcement agencies are better resourced. The burden and risks for businesses can seem overwhelming and penalties for wrongdoing can be severe.

Our specialist team can help you prevent wrongdoing in your business, detect it when it has happened, and rapidly respond and help minimise harm to your business and reputation.

Prevent: Wrongdoing can happen in any organisation so it makes sense to take precautions to avoid it happening in yours. Many organisations have obligations to do so. We will help you develop and implement a tailor-made compliance programme, including training for your staff. We can also assess the risks in areas such as sanctions, money laundering, data security and cyber risk, and corruption.

Detect: Taking immediate action when a problem arises may put you in a position to limit the damage. We can quickly mobilise a multi-disciplinary, international team. We handle investigations and dealings with enforcement agencies around the globe, putting people on the ground wherever you need them. We have carried out investigations in Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and former Soviet states.

Respond: Once a situation has blown up, the important thing is to find ways to minimise its impact. We deal with regulatory actions and defend prosecutions where they prove unavoidable. We advise on remedial plans and dealings with implicated employees and can help you to minimise reputational damage. We can help you deal with any solvency implications and bring recovery actions against third parties.

We’re used to dealing with a diverse range of regulators and enforcement agencies across the world, including the most active European, American and Asian authorities.

Our clients include financial institutions, listed corporations, private businesses and senior management personnel.

Our experience includes acting on over 50 investigations in the past three years. We are featured in Global Investigation Review’s Top 100, an independent guide to the world’s leading cross-border investigations practices.

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  • Corporate & regulatory investigations

    As businesses have become more international, and authorities around the world take an ever increasing interest in the way corporates and their employees conduct themselves, investigations of actual or potential wrongdoing are becoming a common feature of corporate life. Taylor Wessing’s international team has conducted investigations for clients across a wide range of industries and countries. Our work has covered issues from rogue traders in financial institutions, to allegations of corruption influencing the award of contracts, to data theft and security and a huge variety of regulatory non-compliance. We have handled investigations involving businesses across the US, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union countries, Asia and South America. We are experienced at planning effective but discreet investigations, ensuring effective early data capture and analysis, independent review where appropriate and control of information flow within the business, leading to clear conclusions and recommendations for action.

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