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.
With 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.
Detecting and responding to fraud: making the intelligent connection
Global experience and expert opinion: the intelligent connection
Business Integrity & Corporate Compliance
Business integrity and sustainable growth: making the intelligent connection
Forensic Technology & Discovery Services
Forensic analysis with leading technology: the intelligent connection
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
Watch our video on Integrity Diligence
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.
The new Board Briefing by the Institute of Business Ethics, co-sponsored by EY and the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors, sets out the role of internal audit in advising boards on whether a company is living up to its ethical values.
EY’s Forensic EYe webinars focus on some of the most contentious issues facing business, and provide practical insights based on our work in these areas with leading companies, plus the opportunity to ask questions. Listen to our previous webinars.
The Ten Commandments of Information Governance and eDisclosure 2015
Recent years have seen an increase in regulatory scrutiny, investigations and disputes, and the data that has to be analysed as part of an effective response. Read EY’s Ten Commandments of Information Governance and eDisclosure (743K, May 2015), and listen to Sanjay Bhandari, Partner, give his overview.
Bribes and backroom deals don’t just steal resources from the most vulnerable – they undermine justice and economic development, and destroy public trust in government and leaders.
The PCBS has published recommendations for enhancing corporate transparency, governance and integrity. Firms should consider their whistleblowing framework’s effectiveness, and whether their culture encourages employees to raise concerns.
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Our UK Bribery Digest is a bi-annual review and reference tool of bribery and corruption cases. Edition 7 reviews cases completed in the first half of 2015 and also discusses Deferred Prosecution Agreements, corporate hospitality and recent changes to EU debarment rules.