Internal corporate investigations comprise a core IGI practice area. IGI has nearly 30 years of institutional experience conducting and assisting in such investigations.
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.
Upon first discovering a potential issue, executives have an immediate need for facts to assess the bounds of the potential problem. With our knowledge of such issues as evidence preservation and chain of custody, IGI can assist in this initial assessment, reporting directly to executives or under the supervision of internal counsel. We also work effectively in support of investigations conducted by governing boards through outside counsel.
The cases take our investigators inside a company – from the boardroom to the mailroom and from headquarters to factory floor – and often take us outside the company as well, insofar as many internal investigations involve outside parties such as vendors or subcontractors – not all of which cooperate willingly.
In many cases, IGI has been credited with uncovering and securing ‘smoking gun’ documents and other crucial evidence. In such cases, IGI is 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.
IGI has conducted internal investigations worldwide for an array of Fortune 1000 companies, multinationals, privately held businesses, non-profit entities, trade associations, governmental bodies, police departments and labor union health insurance and pension funds.
Allegations IGI has investigated include:
- Accounting irregularities
- False statements or claims to government agencies
- Export control irregularities
- Money laundering
- Conflicts of interest
- Racial discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Theft and leaks of proprietary information
- Trading on inside information
- Inventory losses
- Quality control issues
- Diversion of assets and business opportunities
- Malfeasance of corporate officers