Upon first discovering a potential issue, corporate executives have an immediate need to assess the facts and bounds of a potential crisis. Leading discreet, professional internal investigations is a core IGI practice area, and we have more than 30 years of institutional experience conducting and assisting in high-profile investigations on behalf of public and private companies, universities and government agencies. 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.
These cases often take our experts inside a company – from the boardroom to the mailroom and from a corporate headquarters to the 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. With our experience in areas such as data and evidence preservation, compliance and chain of custody, IGI can quickly and effectively uncover the material facts, 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.
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 500 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
- 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
- Trading on inside information
- Inventory losses
- Quality control issues
- Diversion of assets and business opportunities
- Malfeasance of corporate officers