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Investigations and Risk Management, Ireland

Eversheds Sutherland’s investigations and risk management lawyers work with financial institutions, insurance companies, life sciences companies, energy and environmental entities, construction companies, and corporate entities. We use our practical experience to help you achieve your commercial and reputational objectives while minimising the consequences of investigations and enforcement actions.

We represent clients in all aspects and stages of domestic and cross jurisdictional investigations, risk management, corporate compliance, and enforcement work, with the benefit of legal privilege

Our lawyers defend regulatory investigations and we use that experience to allow you to get ahead of any crisis. We are the only team in Ireland comprised of specialist lawyers that also have access to an integrated, global team including former prosecutors and regulatory officials. Together we have decades of experience in the highest-profile criminal and regulatory matters.

Given the increasingly regulated landscape, appropriately conducted internal investigations can be seen as good governance and can help organisations to move towards a culture of individual accountability. These investigations can protect the organisation, mitigate risk and prevent fines, sanctions and reputational damage. Our clients often self-initiate internal investigations to evaluate and manage crisis situations, such as whistleblower allegations, fraud or financial reporting issues.

Wide range of triggers

Our lawyers conduct investigations related to a multitude of issues and allegations, including financial fraud, financial statement presentation, competition, data breach, executive misconduct, governance breach, regulatory investigation, employee whistleblowing, and customer complaints. Experience shows that investing time at the outset to agree the scope, reporting lines, legal privilege, milestones, PR and a proportionate budget is essential to a successful process.

We can offer:

− Cradle to grave advisory team with the benefit of legal privilege

− Sector specific and international experts

− Commercial and strategic experience (internal and external investigations)

− Risk avoidance/Risk management training

− Culture and Governance - thought leadership

− Consulting offering and project management

− Technology support of ES locate (document review)

Experienced investigations and risk management lawyers

Our recent experience includes:

• Advising statutory bodies on the parameters of their investigatory powers pursuant to their statutory powers

• Advising an international financial institution on a large scale regulatory investigation required by the English Financial Conduct Authority into the mis-selling of complex financial products

• Advising a large Irish indigenous company in an investigation following a protected disclosure by an employee of systemic financial fraud

• Advising an international financial institution with on-going investigation by the Central Bank of Ireland in relation to an ex-employee and in particular systems and controls issues

• Advising a large financial institution in relation to a CBI themed investigation into its sales and practices relating to PPI review

• Attending the scene of a major incident at a logistics company and advising on a subsequent cross border regulatory investigation.

• Advising a waste brokerage firm at the centre of an EU wide contaminated food scare on insurance coverage issues and the subsequent multi-jurisdictional investigation, prosecution and civil claims.

• Designing a bespoke integrated Safety Management legal review of culture and performance product for clients in a range of sectors.

• Advising clients on EU-level cartel investigations

• Acting in a number of the Tribunals of Inquiry including the Banking Inquiry

Contact our Investigations and Risk Management team

Pamela O’Neill, Partner and Head of our Dispute Resolution & Litigation Department - pamelaoneill@eversheds-sutherland.ie

Stephen Barry, Partner in our Dispute Resolution & Litigation Department - stephenbarry@eversheds-sutherland.ie