Investigation & eDiscovery



EY Forensics is leader in the provision of Investigation services aimed at identifying and/or reconstructing fraudulent or illegal acts committed by employees and/or third parties, such as, for example, alterations and/or accounting concealments, dissipation of funds, corruptive conduct, failure to comply with company policies and/or with the rules governing the market. Moreover, we offer eDiscovery services, involving experts with IT and accounting skills and with extensive experience in internal investigations in order to collect evidence in the event of established fraud and/or to report the potential fraud risk through the analysis of vast amounts of data and electronic communications. EY Italy has a Forensic Data Center in Milan. It is a protected laboratory, not exposed to the outside, which houses advanced Discovery technologies (including Relativity).

Related topics Assurance Forensics

What EY can do for you

  • By using our skills in detecting, processing and interpreting information, we are able to achieve the highest quality results in terms of effectiveness, depth of analysis and accuracy. The EY Forensics team has developed dynamic fraud investigation platforms based on customizable applications, which exploit powerful data detection and analysis software, combined with data analysis tools.
  • Using advanced technologies, we quickly collect facts and evidence to assess the scale of the problem and to help organizations manage relevant stakeholders.
  • We support legal advisors both by analyzing different data sources to discover links, patterns, anomalies and presenting the results in legal proceedings, and by supporting the defense as expert witnesses in litigation in order to provide a valid view of the damages suffered.
  • Our investigation methodologies allow us to provide the necessary evidence also for the drafting of briefs and technical reports in support of disciplinary actions to be filed in civil and / or criminal proceedings against those responsible.
  • We apply the eDiscovery technology at every stage of the facts’ reconstruction process: starting from the data acquisition, the initial assessment of the case, the data processing and the revision of documents, up to the production of documentation and the preparation of evidentiary hearings (in the case of penal proceedings).
  • E-Discovery Process:
    • Identification and collection:
      • Identification of the involved individuals and other digital material in their possession (e.g. PC, mail archive, network share, smartphone, tablet).
      • Acquisition of the identified digital material, through IT Forensic practices, ensuring the repeatability of the analysis necessary for a possible forensic use of the extracted evidence.
    • Processing:
      • Processing of the acquired data in order to exclude duplicates, recover the deleted material and carry out searches and the application of filters on such data.
    • Analysis and Review:
      • Definition of a list of keywords to be applied to the document base.
      • Review of documents identified both manually and through the use of artificial intelligence.
    • Reporting:
      • Downstream of the analysis of the documents, preparation of the report which includes the work carried out and the related results.

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