Forensic & Integrity Services
Integrity delivers benefits
Successful organisations depend on their reputation for keeping promises, respecting laws and behaving ethically to maintain stakeholder trust. EY Forensic & Integrity Services professionals help organisations protect and restore enterprise and financial reputation. We assist companies and their legal counsel to investigate facts, resolve disputes and manage regulatory challenges. We put integrity at the heart of compliance programs to help better manage ethical and reputational risks.
We understand how organisations navigate complex environments; how pressures, attitudes and culture influence employee actions; and how to leverage data analytics to improve compliance and investigation outcomes. We are committed to making integrity the cornerstone of a better working world.
The Integrity Agenda
Bridge the gap between intentions, actions and measurement. Hear more from Andrew Gordon, EY Global Leader, Forensic & Integrity Services.
The announced intentions of an organisation may be clear: policies and codes of conduct are in place, and senior leaders demonstrate commitment via formal and informal communications. Yet, recent high- profile scandals at major corporations show that aberrational conduct by executives has persisted and gone unnoticed for long periods of time. When the misconduct finally surfaced publicly, expensive investigations have ensued, fines have mounted and individuals have been prosecuted, while market capitalizations have declined. To close the gap between intent and reality, organisations should focus their efforts on improving the effectiveness of their compliance programs by assessing the corporate culture, controls and governance from an integrity perspective, leveraging new technologies to provide better data insights.
The importance of integrity
Integrity is the cornerstone to success. The results from our most recent Global Fraud Survey suggest that the benefits of demonstrating organisational integrity go beyond the avoidance of fines and can actually improve business performance. Survey respondents felt that customer perception, public perception, recruitment and retention of employees were deemed more important benefits than avoiding scrutiny and penalties.
Introducing the Integrity Agenda
The Integrity Agenda helps organisations bridge the gap between intentions and behaviours. It is a framework for success built on a core set of four elements that align an individual’s actions with an organisation’s objectives. It enables successful organisations to stay true to their missions, keep their promises, respect laws and ethical norms, and foster public trust in the free enterprise system.
How EY help organizations achieve their Integrity Agenda
With approximately 4,500 forensic professionals worldwide, we will assemble the right multidisciplinary and culturally aligned team to work with you and your legal counsel, offering the benefit of our broad sector experience, deep subject-matter knowledge and insights.
- Investigations & Compliance
Our dedicated global team of investigators, forensic accountants, compliance and technology professionals help organizations respond rapidly to instances of alleged fraud, bribery and other misconduct, as well as law enforcement and regulatory inquiries. Using advanced forensic technologies, we quickly gather facts and evidence to assess the extent of the issue and to help organizations manage relevant stakeholders. We support legal counsel by analyzing varying data sources to uncover links, patterns and anomalies and by presenting findings in legal proceedings.
Our professionals also work with companies and their legal counsel to refine risk assessments and tailor compliance programs to help put integrity at the heart of the organization. We aim to help companies create an ethical business culture focused on honesty, integrity and transparency that improves business performance and protects their brand. Leveraging forensic data analytics, we provide insights into employee behavioral patterns that can be used to develop customized compliance programs that align with the organization’s business and risk profile.
- Forensic Diligence
Our Forensic Diligence professionals assist organizations and legal counsel in identifying and mitigating financial, operational and reputational risks inherent to mergers and acquisition transactions. They possess deep experience in anti-corruption due diligence, both pre- and post-close, as well as related investigations and compliance matters. In addition, they are proficient in conducting in-depth risk analyses of fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering, restrictions on trade and export, related-party transactions, and conflicts of interest. We have global capabilities and resources to address potential issues in transactions across all geographies and industries.
- Claims & Disputes
We help companies and their legal counsel to prepare the calculations, analyses and strategies required for complex commercial disputes. By advising on the financial aspects of contracts and deals that often give rise to disputes, we also help reduce the risk of future problems before the deal is even signed. We support companies in effectively presenting their position on financial and commercial matters in arbitrations, court proceedings and other alternative dispute resolution procedures. We provide robust, unbiased, independent and expert testimony and opinions on a range of specialized matters that are critical to the outcome of disputes, by bringing together deep forensic competencies, sector insight and our extensive cumulative experience of advising on matters in most dispute resolution forums. Ultimately, we help safeguard the value of an organization’s business and help generate legitimate gain from their contracts and transactions.
Our Claims professionals also assist companies to recover financial losses through the preparation of commercial insurance claims and government grant applications following catastrophic losses. In the aftermath of fires, explosions, floods, windstorms, thefts, cyber intrusions and myriad catastrophic situations, organizations often need assistance strategizing how to both restore and document their recoverable financial losses. Our professionals have years of experience helping organizations recoup losses from insurance carriers, as well as, in the US, assisting local governments and not-for-profit organizations to pursue recovery funding through US federal disaster programs (e.g., FEMA, HUD). Utilizing EY Disaster Grant Management, we help organizations throughout the application process, from kickoff to closeout and eventually federal audit if needed.
- Forensic Data Analytics
Forensic Data Analytics (FDA) is a critical element of nearly every way in which we support organizations — whether an investigation, the digitalization of compliance, forensic diligence or a complex litigation matter. Our FDA professionals are experienced in machine learning, natural language processing and robotic process automation, and have extensive industry sector experience. We assist organizations to detect and investigate instances of fraud, waste, misuse, abuse, corruption and other forms of non-compliance.
Our team’s qualifications, experience and scale enable us to provide decision-makers with the factual evidence and insights they need to manage integrity risks, lower the cost of compliance and increase business transparency.
In addition, leveraging a customized, repeatable and cost-effective framework, we assist organizations through managed services to address ongoing compliance risks and rapidly respond to regulatory scrutiny. Taking a “security-by-design” approach, we offer multiple data hosting options, all of which have multiple layers of physical and virtual security and direct connectivity to EY computer forensic labs in more than 30 countries.
The diversity and dispersion of digital information continues to grow as the legal and regulatory environments become more challenging. Organizations are seeking end-to-end discovery solutions to help them manage legal and compliance risks and also to reduce cost. From pre-litigation information management to post-matter data disposition, our team’s qualiﬁcations, experience and scale enable us to offer services across the entire discovery life cycle. We have significant experience in managing high-profile, complex legal and regulatory responses and investigations. Our Discovery, information governance and forensic professionals can help answer the “who, what, where, when and how” questions that help organizations meet their discovery and compliance needs.
We are committed to protecting an organization’s information assets. We have established global operational guidelines about handling of company data and are supported by dedicated resources from EY General Counsel’s Global Data Privacy team. EY has established Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) to comply with EU and other relevant data protection and privacy regulations and laws. In many cases, particularly under the EU General Data Protection Regulation, BCRs allows us to undertake cross-border data transfer, which ultimately leads to economic efﬁciency and better quality control via centralized processing and review.
- Privacy & Cyber Response From investigation, to litigation and regulatory response EY Privacy and Cyber Response (P&CR) professionals assist organizations to navigate through complex cyber attacks. Our teams have assisted companies in responding to a range of cyber incidents including PII data thefts, business email compromises, ransomware attacks and credit card theft. We combine cybersecurity and computer forensic experience with traditional investigative approaches, including interviewing witnesses, interrogating data and examining physical and digital evidence to uncover all facts pertaining to a breach. We are experienced in helping address regulatory inquiries and liaising with law enforcement authorities. As cyber breaches often span international borders, we tailor our procedures to the specific legal and regulatory requirements of each country involved in the investigation, including our work with external legal counsel.
Our interdisciplinary teams help organizations develop data governance frameworks that are supported by appropriate policies and technology so data protection and privacy compliance is achievable and sustainable in the long run. We also assist in developing GDPR and other relevant data protection and privacy compliance plans that work in conjunction with the organization’s cyber response plan to enable them to respond to cyber breach in an effective manner within the required time window.
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