Lengthy legal proceedings on allegations of criminal offences may jeopardise a company's reputation and create unrest among employees, customers, investors and other stakeholders. Even in the absence of a conviction, it can hamper the company's ability to obtain new business.
In an era of increased transparency requirements and a greater focus on compliance, a new dynamic between the corporate world and governmental authorities is emerging. NautaDutilh's corporate crime team strives to stay on top of this trend. One way we are delivering this is through greater cooperation with investigative authorities in criminal cases to prevent lengthy proceedings.
As Marike Bakker, partner in NautaDutilh’s corporate crime & investigations department, explains: “Companies, whether financial institutions, professional service providers or corporations active in other sectors, need solid facts to handle compliance-related issues effectively. We are well-equipped to guide companies through this tough and high-pressure process, making effective use of investigative results to resolve issues with governmental authorities and other stakeholders.”
Our corporate crime team works together with forensic IT specialists to set up data rooms and conduct state-of-the-art searches through large amounts of electronic data, aka e-discovery.
NautaDutilh's corporate crime & investigations team (pictured below) recognises that, nowadays, irregularities are almost never entirely resolved through legal proceedings alone. Thus, the team draws on its expertise in areas such as corporate law, corporate governance, employment law and accounting regulations to formulate an integrated approach. And if needs be, can call on specialists in other fields from across the firm when other measures – such as civil proceedings or the negotiation of contracts – are required.
The key to the efficient resolution of potential irregularities lies in acquiring a sufficiently detailed insight into the relevant factual background. Particularly in complex cross-border matters, this requires advanced corporate investigative skills. Our corporate crime & investigations team works together with forensic IT specialists to set up data rooms and conduct state-of-the-art searches through large amounts of electronic data, aka e-discovery. The team also has ample experience interviewing individuals and combining the results of all investigative activities to produce comprehensive factual conclusions and sound advice. This blending of knowledge and skills allows companies to swiftly resolve allegations of irregularities.
NautaDutilh's corporate crime & investigations team.