Leading discreet, professional internal investigations is a core IGI competency. Our firm has conducted and assisted in high-profile investigations worldwide on behalf of an array of Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, privately held businesses, non-profit entities, trade associations, universities, governmental bodies, police departments, and labor union health insurance and pension funds.
Upon revelation of potential malfeasance within an organization, the executive and governance leadership of the organization has an immediate need to understand the facts and bounds of a potential crisis. IGI typically is retained in these cases by, and works at the direction of and in close consultation with, a company’s general counsel, board, audit, or special committee, outside counsel, or senior company executives.
IGI’s experience and expertise helps us to quickly and effectively uncover the material facts. In many cases, IGI has been credited with uncovering and securing “smoking gun” documents and other crucial evidence.
IGI has investigated a wide array of allegations and suspicions, including:
- Accounting irregularities
- False statements or claims to government agencies
- Unauthorized leaks and breaches of data and proprietary information
- Export control irregularities
- Money laundering
- Conflicts of interest
- Racial discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Theft and leaks of proprietary information
- Insider trading
- Inventory losses
- Conflicts of interest
Such cases often take our experts deep inside a company – from the boardroom to the mailroom, and from the corporate headquarters to the factory floor. We find that many internal investigations also have an external dimension involving outside parties, not all of which cooperate willingly.
IGI staffs these cases with teams having the needed interdisciplinary skill sets, including forensic accounting for examination of financial records; computer forensics for capturing, restoring, and searching large amounts of data and reconstructing a minute-by-minute or keystroke-by-keystroke chronology of a person’s computer activity at a crucial time; and crisis communications advisory services. Our internal investigations are supervised by our attorneys and former prosecutors who ensure compliance with applicable laws and evidentiary standards.
IGI is well-positioned to refer matters to appropriate law enforcement and regulatory agencies, at the client’s direction. In other cases, IGI has exonerated companies and individuals by conclusively refuting allegations.