The European, Middle Eastern and African Investigations Review 2016

The European, Middle Eastern and African Investigations Review 2016

Switzerland

In our previous publication in the 2015 edition of the European, Middle Eastern and African Investigations Review we gave an overview over how to conduct an internal investigation in Switzerland or with a Swiss angle.

Turkey

Turkey, as an emerging economy, has been responsive to the increasing anti-corruption efforts being made throughout the world.

United Kingdom: handling internal investigations

With so much potentially at stake, the initial steps and strategic decisions taken in any company investigation are critical to setting the tone for a focused, credible and effective inquiry.

United Kingdom: whistleblowers and self-reporting

It is now generally accepted that a corporate is taking a significant risk if allegations that are made – by whistleblowers, by current or former employees, by auditors, by the media, or which emerge through other means – are not taken seriously and, usually, investigated.

Russia: asset recovery and confiscation

In order to disrupt corruption and organised criminal activities, and mitigate the consequences of such activities, it is essential that the state deprive criminals of the proceeds of crime and of their benefits.

United Kingdom: three’s a crowd – tensions between corporates and individuals in internal investigations

Last year, Dechert’s article, ‘new powers for the UK white-collar fantastic four’ accurately predicted that, during 2015, we would witness the UK’s first deferred prosecution agreement (DPA), the first significant corporate case under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010, and hard-fought litigation concerning the nature and extent of legal professional privilege in internal investigations.

Germany

Internal investigations have long been part of the corporate and criminal law landscape in Germany, increasingly so since the Siemens, Ferrostaal and other landmark investigations, and more recently Volkswagen and several financial institutions.

Italy

Corporate internal investigations were almost unheard of in Italy until the adoption of Legislative Decree No. 231 of 8 June 2001 (Decree 231), which introduced the ‘quasi-criminal’ liability of corporations for certain crimes committed in their interest or to their advantage by their directors, managers, employees or agents.

Nigeria

The engagement, in Nigeria, of lawyers in private practice to undertake investigations on behalf of private corporate clients continues to be rare.

Cross-border overview: money laundering compliance and investigations across EMEA

The leak of the Panama Papers in 2016 has thrust money laundering – a topic ever present on the radars of regulators worldwide – into the public consciousness.

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