Investigations

We are the market leading Investigations teams in Ireland. We specialise in dealing with complex and business critical investigations across a broad range of regulators and law enforcement agencies, in Ireland and internationally.

The 2020 Global Investigations Review (GIR) recognises our Investigations team as one of the top 100 practices globally in advising on sophisticated and cross-border investigations, both government led and internal.

We were the first firm in Ireland to develop a dedicated and specialist White Collar Crime team which is  one of the leading practices in Ireland. Our lawyers focus on dealing with internal and external investigations, corporate fraud, bribery and corruption, dawn raids, whistleblowing reports, cybercrime, market abuse/insider trading, sanctions and export controls matters, managing relationships with law enforcement agencies and defending related criminal prosecutions.

Our Regulatory Investigations team has advised and represented clients across the financial services sector in the majority of the Central Bank of Ireland enforcement investigations, and other regulators’ enquiries, into major financial institutions. We combine advisory and contentious financial services lawyers to provide a strategic approach to compliance, risk management, investigations and defence. We are experienced in all aspects of regulatory engagements at Irish and European level, from internal compliance reviews and investigations, skilled persons reviews, risk mitigation programmes, enforcement investigations, fitness and probity investigations and managing the interaction between complaints, litigation and regulatory relationships.

Our team has advised on the most complex, challenging and high profile corporate crises to have occurred in Ireland in recent years. We have extensive experience in designing and executing the legal elements of a strategy to respond to a crisis including managing regulatory engagements, overseeing internal investigations, dealing with business critical litigation, providing strategic board advice, managing stakeholder relationships, protecting the reputation of the company and assisting with any employment fallout.

Whatever the nature of the investigation, we draw together multi-disciplinary experts throughout the firm and leverage sophisticated technological and project management capabilities through our Data Projects Group to help our clients achieve successful outcomes in an efficient and effective way.

Further details of our experience and specialisms are listed below:

  • Corporate crises
  • Regulatory investigations
  • White collar crime
  • Corporate reputation and defamation
  • Dawn raids

Experience

  • Wirecard AG

    regarding elements of its high profile financial irregularities involving its Irish subsidiary.

  • Volkswagen Group

    on all aspects of the emissions issues in Ireland.

  • The former Chairman of INM

    in respect of allegations relating to an acquisition considered by INM and an alleged data breach (all denied).

  • The Football Association of Ireland

    in respect of complex issues concerning the Association's financial affairs as well as multiple related investigations.

  • Several Retail Banks

    on all aspects of the Central Bank of Ireland’s Tracker Mortgage Examination and associated Enforcement Investigations.

  • Major multinationals

    devising and conducting internal investigations into a range of issues including anti-fraud, anti-money laundering, regulatory compliance, fitness and probity, regulatory reporting and systems and controls issues.

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