Economic crime is endemic in the global corporate arena, with statistics showing that the problem is escalating rapidly in South Africa. Yet businesses are lagging behind criminals in their efforts to combat this crime. Our business crimes & investigations lawyers act for entities in both the public and private sectors, including municipalities and multinationals, in the successful prevention, detection and investigation of economic crime. This includes the subsequent institution of legal action where necessary.

The team operates with up-to-the-minute data, keenly aware that the acceleration of globalisation and the rapid expansion of the enforcement environment place the private and public sectors under increasing pressure to proactively manage their exposure to economic business crime and other risks.

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Lack of transparency and accountability in various institutions has triggered governments, including South Africa’s, 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 on alleged irregularities, or to demonstrate good corporate governance.

Investigations have become more sophisticated as the technical and judgmental challenges rise due to the increasingly elaborate tactics used by perpetrators. Our business crimes & investigations lawyers have a broad understanding of investigations and enquiries, and the subsequent litigation, enabling them to guide clients through investigations and increase the prospect of a successful outcome.

We draw on our wealth of experience in related practice areas such as insolvency, employment, litigation and competition law. By developing pre-emptive compliance programmes and strategies and conducting internal assessments and investigations, our business crimes & investigations lawyers can assist clients to effectively manage their economic crime risks on an ongoing basis.

Our business crimes & investigations services include white collar crime and forensics, prevention and detection of economic crime, electronic discovery, corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

Read the Bribery and Corruption chapter of Global Legal Insights.

Read our Table of Comparisons between corruption law in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

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