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Investigations and enforcement

Financial institutions, insurers and global corporations are increasingly at risk of intense scrutiny and intervention (often on an extra-territorial basis) by governmental bodies, international and domestic regulators, prosecutors, listing and exchange authorities, litigants, as well as their own audit and risk committees. When problems arise the stakes are high. Unless the response is swift and proactive, intervention and public scrutiny can quickly have serious reputational and financial consequences. Moreover, internal investigations can be disruptive and expensive, which is why it is important to engage a seasoned team, like those at Eversheds Sutherland, who can work efficiently and collaboratively across the globe.

Our group comprises 220 professionals worldwide with proficient local knowledge of the civil, criminal and regulatory regimes affecting the particular jurisdiction. This combination of experience across many jurisdictions, along with the ability to seamlessly and efficiently coordinate a team based global response, is a formidable resource for clients requiring assistance with multi-jurisdictional issues.

Our clients include financial institutions, insurers, corporations and public bodies, or their officers and directors. We represent clients in connection with criminal and civil inquiries and investigations. We conduct internal investigations related to issues which include financial fraud, financial statement presentation, competition and antitrust violations, violations of tax laws, and bribery and corruption. We assist with asset tracing, reputation and risk management, compliance, and corporate culture and ethics. Our lawyers can provide comprehensive compliance audits and risk assessments, including mock exams; perform board governance training; and design anti-money laundering compliance programs.

Many of our lawyers have extensive regulatory experience and are well-positioned to anticipate and proactively resolve issues before they expose our clients to regulatory and other legal risks. And, our litigators have tried cases to conclusion against regulators allowing us to truly understand the process, the players and the path to an optimal outcome.

We handle

  • Accounting and financial statement presentation issues such as fair value, revenue recognition, loss reserves
  • Congressional investigations
  • Consumer lending
  • Commercial bribery and kickbacks
  • Environmental criminal investigations
  • Fraud and whistleblower related investigations
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (including parallel investigations by foreign governments)
  • Government contracts and procurement
  • Money laundering
  • Securities issues such as disclosure, insider trading, fiduciary duties, corporate governance, sub-prime mortgages, stock manipulation, options backdating, market timing and late trading
  • Tax investigations and proceedings

At the first signal of an allegation of wrongdoing (whether made by a whistleblower, employee, customer or regulator), our global Internal Investigations team is prepared to leap into action, providing swift and comprehensive results.

Contact our investigations and enforcement team

If you would like any further information or need advice on investigations and enforcement, then please do not hesitate to contact our legal team.

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