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 4,500 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.
What we do
Detecting and responding to fraud: making the intelligent connection
International Arbitration: Forensic accounting and other subject matter services
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
Software Asset Management and disputes advisory
Forensic analysis with leading technology: the intelligent connection
Thinking beyond your data: the intelligent connection
The human touch in the digital age: the intelligent connection
Breaches do happen. Are you ready?
Besides an information security plan, every organisation should have a strong cyber breach response plan to assess, investigate, remediate, eradicate and respond to regulatory and other disclosure requirements in the event of a major incident.
A service to manage SAP® licensing
In an increasingly complex world, with software deployment affecting many aspects of business life, it is important to manage software assets properly. This creates the challenge of licensing them correctly, while avoiding overspend.
Business critical issues
Ransomware isn’t new – over the last five years the number of attacks has grown tremendously, usually by financially motivated cyber criminals extorting relatively small amounts of money from victims whose data they are holding hostage. These criminals promise to release the data in exchange for payment, but this does not always happen.
WannaCry is the first time ransomware has been used in conjunction with self-propagating malware (commonly known as ‘worms’), which enable it to spread more aggressively to other computers over an organisation's network without further user interaction. The WannaCry incident highlights the need for organisations to get the cybersecurity basics right.
EY’s range of cybersecurity services – including proactive penetration testing, cyber transformation and Managed Security Operations Centres – can be used to help prevent a ransomware outbreak within an organisation.
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.
Life sciences companies are constantly under scrutiny, and with regulators and enforcement agencies more joined up than ever before in the fight against fraud, bribery and corruption, a rapid, appropriate and robust response to any suspicious conduct is more critical than ever. Learn more.
According to our 2016 Global Fraud Survey, 11% of company executives across all industries believe that it is common practice to use bribery to win contracts. This figure increases to 15% in the life sciences sector, which is the highest across all the sectors.
New challenges posed by volatility in the oil and gas market are making compliance with anti-bribery and anti-corruption a key business priority. These, coupled with existing challenges that include the sector’s global nature and scale, and the complexity of working and contractual relationships, require significant management focus to ensure regulatory compliance. Learn more.
In addition to the bribery and corruption risks prevalent in all industries, companies in the sector face a number of specific risks. Learn more.
We look at six new corruption cases, the ambitious UK Anti-Corruption Strategy 2017-2022, and the Rolls-Royce case following the January 2017 DPA.
The Economist’s GC 2017 Conference brought together leading GCs to explore the challenges of providing legal expertise against a backdrop of political, economic and technological change. The discussions covered topics such as the potential and the pitfalls of artificial intelligence, data security, cyber attacks and managing risk and reputation in the social media age. Read the event summary paper.
EY's work in these areas with leading companies, and the opportunity for you to ask our teams questions. Recent webinars from our series have tackled bribery and corruption due diligence, cybercrime, corporate integrity, and whistleblowing.
If you would like to be invited to listen to our forthcoming webinars, please email your details.
This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index highlights that the majority of countries are making little or no progress ending corruption, while journalists and activists in corrupt countries risk their lives every day to speak out.
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Despite over $11bn in penalties, the scale of corruption has shown no improvement globally since 2012, according to the 15th EY Global Fraud Survey.
Digital transformation creates new opportunities for companies to improve their legal, compliance and fraud risk programmes. Learn more.
This edition features six new corruption cases completed in the second half of 2017, an overview of the ambitious UK Anti-Corruption Strategy 2017-2022, the implications of the UK’s new corporate criminal offence, and an update on the Rolls-Royce case following the January 2017 DPA.