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Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services

Forensic analysis and global experience: the intelligent connection

Businesses are always under scrutiny but it is most intense when shareholders, business partners or regulators suspect wrongdoing. Regulators and enforcement agencies are more joined up than ever before as they cooperate across borders in the fight against fraud, bribery and corruption. This demands increasingly higher levels of integrity, honesty and transparency in the way businesses operate and makes it more critical than ever to respond rapidly, appropriately and robustly to any aberrational conduct.

EY - Forensic analysis and global experience: the intelligent connectionWith over 3,800 fraud investigation and dispute professionals around the world, we can assemble the right multidisciplinary and culturally aligned team to work with you and your legal advisors. We work to give you the benefit of our broad sector experience, our deep subject matter knowledge and the latest insights from our work worldwide.

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Detecting and responding to fraud: making the intelligent connection

EY - Detecting and responding to fraud: making the intelligent connection

We make the connection between knowledge and insight. Our dedicated global team of investigators, forensic accountants and technology professionals will help you respond rapidly and effectively to alleged fraud or corrupt practises affecting your business. Our vigilance, knowledge and insight will also help you safeguard the financial and reputational value of your organisation in times of crisis.


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Global experience and expert opinion: the intelligent connection

EY - Global experience and expert opinion: the intelligent connection

Dealing decisively with disputes. Our professionals can help you resolve complex commercial disputes. By advising on the financial aspects of contracts and deals that often give rise to disputes, we can also help you reduce the risk of future problems before the deal is even signed. We can support you in effectively presenting your position on financial and commercial matters in international arbitrations and court proceedings. We are able to provide robust independent views that bring together deep forensic accounting knowledge, sector insight and our extensive cumulative experience of advising on matters in most dispute resolution forums. Ultimately, we help you safeguard the value of your business.


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Business Integrity & Corporate Compliance

Business integrity and sustainable growth: making the intelligent connection

EY - Business integrity and sustainable growth: making the intelligent connection

We make the connection between integrity, compliance and business performance. We will work with you to build and operate a proactive integrity and compliance culture in your organisation. This includes applying our global experience and understanding of integrity and compliance risks to help you assess and reduce the incidence of compliance and regulatory breaches. Our aim is to help you improve your business performance and protect your brand, your financial stability and corporate values of honesty, integrity and transparency, through sustainable integrity management.


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Forensic Technology & Discovery Services

Forensic analysis with leading technology: the intelligent connection

EY - Forensic analysis with leading technology: the intelligent connection

EY’s Forensic Technology & Discovery Services (FTDS) practice provides a wide range of eDiscovery, data analytics and cyber breach investigation and response management capabilities, on a global basis. Our multidisciplinary teams can deploy advanced technologies and professional services anywhere in the world, responding with speed and precision to complex regulatory, fact-finding and cyber security risks.


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Business critical issues

Forensic Transaction Services

Transactions to acquire or sell businesses represent a balance of risk and reward for the parties. Whilst most deals are completed successfully, some inevitably lead to disputes between the parties.

We provide advice throughout the transaction process, from pre-deal due diligence to a review of the draft sale and purchase agreement and the resolution of disputes over the purchase price. In so doing we help you reduce risk and provide greater certainty that the post-completion outcome of a transaction is in line with your commercial expectations.

Our services:

  • Sales and purchase agreement (SPA) reviews
  • Forensic, anti-bribery and corruption and anti-competition due diligence
  • Completion account reviews
  • Expert determination submissions to an expert
  • Acting as an independent expert / reporting accountant
  • Breach of warranty claim advice
  • Other post-acquisition investigations and disputes

To find out more about our services, contact Maggie Stilwell.

Integrity Diligence

Understanding who you conduct business with has become more than just good business practice – it is smart compliance. Multinational organisations are rapidly adjusting to enforcement standards that hold companies responsible for the actions of their business partners and vendors, and require effective third-party due diligence.

EY Integrity Diligence helps clients design, implement and maintain effective third-party diligence systems on a global scale. Our multidisciplinary teams work internationally to develop in-depth research and analysis on the background and reputation of third parties, joint venture partners or acquisition targets, supporting better-informed decision making across your business. We combine comprehensive analysis of publically available data with the insights of colleagues across our global Forensics network.

Our services:

  • Integrity Diligence: EY_ID

    We have developed a proprietary technology platform – EY_ID – to help our clients address the challenges of a comprehensive and consistent integrity diligence process.

    EY_ID is a secure, end-to-end technology solution to connect companies, third parties, and service providers seamlessly on a single web-based platform. It acts as an automated focal point to collect, review, assess, and archive the information required for a robust Know Your Third Party programme.

    The result is a centrally managed and globally accessible platform designed to improve standardisation, transparency, and accountability throughout the third-party life cycle.

    EY_ID is highly customisable with a tailored workflow. It offers advanced dashboards with visual data analytics and search functionality. Key features include:

    • An automated risk scoring engine driven by key third-party diligence results
    • Single-entry and bulk upload screening of third-party data
    • Customised third-party questionnaires and certifications
    • Auditable repository third-party records, diligence reports and approval.
  • Transaction Forensics

    We help clients manage bribery and corruption risks associated with transactions by conducting in-depth research on acquisition targets, joint venture partners or other entities involved in the deal. The support can be stand-alone, or part of wider Due Diligence engagements. Our research includes reviews of online material, retrieval of physical records, reference checks and leveraging of our industry and market knowledge.

  • Enhanced Due Diligence

    We support financial services clients in relation to money laundering and other KYC requirements, focused on higher risk customers.

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The cost of engaging corrupt third parties has never been higher for multinational companies. The top 10 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases in the US all centred on the use of external parties to facilitate bribery, and ongoing Serious Fraud Office investigations are focused on third party agents. We know from working with large organisations how difficult it is to control third-party risk across the business – but regulators and boards are demanding a consistent and comprehensive approach. EY_ID is our response to that challenge.

For more information, please contact Gavin Proudley.

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Sector focus

EY - Implementing effective third-party frameworks in the life sciences industry

Implementing effective third-party frameworks in the life sciences industry

Enforcement activity continues to highlight the risks related to working with third parties. We look at these, and the particular challenges they pose for life sciences companies. Learn more.

EY - Fraud risk management - Oil and gas sector

Fraud Risk Management in the oil & gas sector

Fraud is a persistent and significant problem faced by all companies and organisations, and the oil and gas sector is no exception. Learn more.

construction cranes

Managing bribery and corruption risks in the construction and infrastructure industry

In addition to the bribery and corruption risks prevalent in all industries, companies in the sector face a number of specific risks. Learn more.

EY - Managing bribery and corruption risk in the life sciences industry

Managing bribery and corruption risk in the life sciences industry

Life Sciences companies have unique characteristics that increase the risk of bribery and corruption. Learn more.


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EY - John Smart

Email John Smart
Head of Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services – UK & Ireland
+44 (0)20 7951 3401
twitter @JSmartEY

EY - Penelope Freeston

Email Penelope Freeston
Marketing Manager
+44 (0)121 535 2727


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