BUSINESS CRIME & FORENSICS
The acceleration of globalisation and rapid expansion of the enforcement environment has placed the private and public sectors under increasing pressure to proactively manage their exposure to economic crime and other risks.
Factors contributing to the global economic crisis and spate of international corporate failures, are the lack of transparency and accountability of various institutions. This has triggered governments, including South Africa, to legislate and enforce criminal sanctions for violations of laws regulating business activities.
Accordingly, organisations are obliged to conduct internal assessments and investigations, either to act on tip-offs of alleged irregularities, or to demonstrate good corporate governance.
Economic crime is endemic in the global corporate arena and recent economic crime statistics show that the problem is escalating rapidly in South Africa, yet businesses are lagging behind criminals in their efforts to combat this crime.
The Werksmans Business Crime & Forensics practice acts for entities in both the public and private sectors, including municipalities and multinationals, in the successful prevention, detection and investigation of economic crime along with the subsequent institution of legal action where necessary.
Investigations have become more sophisticated as the technical and judgmental challenges rise due to the increasingly elaborate tactics used by perpetrators. The teamís broad knowledge of investigations and enquiries, and the litigation which subsequently follows, enables us to guide clients through investigations whilst increasing the prospect of a successful outcome.
Our Business Crime & Forensic experts assist clients in managing their economic crime risks by developing pre-emptive compliance programmes and strategies and by conducting internal assessments and investigations.
Instructing the team gives clients the edge as we approach their needs holistically by drawing from our wealth of experience in related practice areas such as insolvency, employment, litigation and competition law.
BUSINESS CRIME & FORENSIC SERVICES:
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Contact Dave Loxton, director and head of our Business Crime & Forensics practice area.
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