compliance & internal investigations
Aegis has extensive experience with internal investigations and compliance program design, review, and implementation. In the thirteen years since our founding, we have provided guidance to companies facing ethics, conflict-of-interest, and compliance issues (including FCPA, Bribery Act UK, international sanctions, debarment, and employee misconduct issues) and conducted over eighty internal investigations, involving more than fifty different countries. Below is a map of countries involved in our internal investigations.
Democratic Republic of Congo
United Arab Emirates
We have particular expertise in fraud, corruption, and collusion matters involving developing world and “frontier” markets. Beginning in the mid-1990s, a founding partner of Aegis (and, several years later, our firm) was the principal outside counsel to a preeminent multilateral development bank in the investigation of ABC-related issues, now handled by a substantial in-house unit. When another multilateral development bank sought to “stand up” its ethics and integrity function, it turned to our firm for assistance in doing so. We have in the past also advised other international organizations and companies working in this area. This experience gives us unique insight into developing and high-growth markets – experience we use to guide and assist our private-sector clients.
Aegis handles internal-investigation and compliance matters efficiently and at a lower cost than other top-tier firms. By design, we are a boutique law firm, not a large general-service law firm; instead of the high cost “pyramid model,” we provide lean staffing of cases in which highly-experienced lawyers perform the vast bulk of the work, resulting in efficiency and substantially lower legal bills.
By avoiding the fixed-cost overhead of traditional large law firms, we also avoid the need to pass these costs on to our clients. Thus, it is not unusual for our clients to see legal bills one-quarter the size of what they are accustomed to receiving from our large global-law-firm competitors. Aegis prides itself on delivering a compelling value proposition: the same level of specialized assistance offered by the large U.S. and U.K. firms practicing in this area at a fraction of the cost.