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.

Afghanistan
Angola
Argentina
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Belgium
Benin
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bosnia
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Chad
Chile
China
Cote d’Ivoire
Democratic Republic of Congo
Dominican Republic

Egypt
France
Germany/Russia
Ghana
Great Britain
Guatemala
Guinea
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Japan
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Mozambique
Nepal
The Netherlands
Nigeria

Pakistan
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Russia
Singapore
South Africa
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Togo
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United States
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia

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.


practice highlights

 

  • Aegis attorneys have decades of experience handling internal investigations involving possible violations of the FCPA, Bribery Act UK, and Multilateral Development (“MDB”) anti-corruption standards. Collectively, we have conducted over 80 such investigations.


  • Aegis recently served as the designated “Compliance Monitor” for a company with operations throughout West Africa and the Middle East. This assignment gives us deep insight into the practical implementation of a corporate compliance program, as well as the challenges and solutions involved in designing and implementing an effective program for international, growth-oriented companies.


  • Aegis advises our corporate clients on both pre- and post-transaction due diligence matters, including post-acquisition “look-back” reviews designed to uncover and remediate legacy corruption risks.


  • Aegis regularly represents companies and corporate executives in FCPA investigations by both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We have also counseled clients in a variety of other corruption-related matters, ranging from U.S. congressional investigations (including those by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations) to international asset restitution cases and lender inquiries.


  • Aegis advises and assists clients in designing and implementing corporate compliance programs that are highly-tailored to the particular corporation’s needs and reflect international best practices. We focus particularly on providing this advice to clients that operate in developing and “high risk” countries, and have successfully partnered with major international consulting firms to address the specific needs of these companies in a cost-sensitive way.

 

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