Financial Crime Risk Management

Fraud risk management

Legislation, regulatory imperatives and proposed new guidance for businesses all mean that it is no longer adequate for firms to simply deal with fraud as it arises. It therefore becomes necessary to have an effective fraud risk management strategy in place and have relevant systems and controls within the context of a ‘risk-based’ approach. VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM can help you assess your vulnerability to fraud, define any weaknesses in your systems and processes from both an external and an internal perspective, and help you minimise your vulnerability to fraud risks. The law firm is also able to assist with

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Whistleblowing service

An important aspect to encourage accountability and transparency within a private or public entity is a mechanism to enable all individuals to voice concerns internally in a responsible and effective manner when they discover information which they believe shows serious malpractice. A number of clients have implemented VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM’s Tip-Offs Anonymous. The Tip-Offs Anonymous is an independent, anonymous and confidential reporting service that enables employees to raise concerns about possible fraud or misconduct. This allows the employer to then take prompt and effective action. Issues uncovered through this service include (a) bribery and corruption, (b) procurement fraud, (c)

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Anti-bribery and corruption consulting

The number of enforcement actions, the number of jurisdictions within which enforcement actions have been brought and the size and nature of fines and penalties arising from anti-corruption legislations, have all increased significantly over the last few years. With far reaching legislations like the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act etc., and authorities across different jurisdictions such as the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) etc. increasingly sharing information and bringing joint actions – now more than ever, managing the risk of corruption has become a global rather than a country specific issue. Corporate

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Anti-money laundering consulting

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Traditionally money laundering has been a risk area for banks and financial institutions. However, the broader reach of anti-money laundering (AML) legislation worldwide and the increase in financial and trading activity performed by other businesses have meant a change to this view in recent years. VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM believes in serving its clients through a collaborative approach, working together to address AML issues and developing innovative solutions to this type of compliance risk. The law firm strongly advocates a ‘riskbased approach’ to money laundering, in line with global regulatory trends, and have extensive experience in implementing this approach at

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Business intelligence services

Investors have seen increasing opportunities to achieve growth through acquisition or investment deals in jurisdictions around the world, particularly in emerging markets. While these opportunities can be extremely lucrative, they can also result in clients entering into business relationships and new markets, which give rise to potential legal and commercial risks. If these are not identified and addressed prior to completion of a transaction or the commencement of a business relationship, they can result in financial loss, reputational damage and regulatory/criminal sanction. VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM helps businessess understand their potential customers, business partners, acquisition or alliance targets and major

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Corporate fraud investigation

The spectre of white collar crime can place a significant drain on any business. When such issues arise, it is imperative that they are dealt with quickly and concisely. VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM helps you navigate through the regulatory and operational complexities and take timely decisions so you can get on with business. The law firm consists of investigative skills to conduct corporate investigations spanning many levels of complexity. It’s analytical technical capabilities can identify root causes and mitigate ongoing risk within the organisation. Using auditing expertise, documents and transaction analysis combined with witness and third-party evidence, VAN LEEUWEN LAW

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Forensic data analytics

Data visualization is another area which is used in all fraud investigations that enables the exploration and analysis of relational data elements, differentiated as entities and links, through a visualization process that exposes connections, pathways, networks, and flows that are not apparent in traditional data views.

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Computer forensics

It takes special skills, techniques and technology to find, gather and preserve digital evidence. Without rigorous data capture and discovery technique, crucial evidence could be lost in an internal investigation or potential litigation. While cutting-edge technology is certainly important, without the specialist know-how to apply the technology and years of investigative experience to recognise evidence, one cannot be sure of the best computer forensic support. PRAETOR FORENSIC AUDITING collaborates with some of the most experienced computer forensic specialists, with backgrounds in law enforcement, technology, fraud investigation, system security consulting, computer forensics and computer incident response, that can help in the

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Forensic Litigation support and Forensic Dispute Resolution advisory

The rapid pace and complex manner in which commercial transactions between businesses are conducted has resulted in a large amount of litigation and disputes. To overcome such issues, experienced litigators require the support of forensic dispute advisory professionals who could provide valuable financial insight and identify relevant risks. Breach of contract or duty, negligence infringement of intellectual property and similar circumstances can also cause significant bottom line damage. PRAETOR FORENSIC AUDITING applies a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques to isolate and analyse damages. Whether the dispute involves claims from joint venture partners or suppliers, or a buy sell dispute,

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