Corporate internal investigations are necessary to determine whether any laws, regulations, or internal policies were violated and are the first step toward addressing and solving the issue. Protecting the company is critical, as well as evaluating the potential exposure. Prompt action is extremely important, but a full evaluation of documents and data may take time due to the sheer volume of information available.
With an experienced team of attorneys, efficient evaluation of documents and data in a corporate internal investigation offers insight, value, and information vital to the case at hand. In some cases, corporate in-house counsel may not be equipped with enough internal resources to conduct such a large investigation in a timely manner. Additional legal counsel is then sought, in order to maintain confidentiality and advance internal investigations.
The attorneys should conduct witness interviews, review internal documentation, and audit video and audio recordings. It is also important to evaluate any external statements made by the company on the matter, including press releases and other corporate communications. The exploration of documents and data must be thorough and complete.
Investigating the background of the parties included in internal investigations may provide additional data and insight to move the case forward. Additionally, conducting interviews based on an outline and specific questions can yield information that could potentially move the investigation in another direction. These types of questions may also bring new parties into the investigation, as well.
Confidentiality is of the utmost importance when conducting a corporate internal investigation. Professionalism, independent auditing, and the right mindset all matter. To remain objective, impartial, and efficient, outside legal services are often sought. That allows the investigation to proceed smoothly, while ensuring that valuable, vital knowledge is not overlooked.
Baer Reed is a leading service provider for corporations handling internal investigations. Contact us for legal support today.
- On October 13, 2021
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