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There are many reasons that entities wants to investigate factual circumstances and events. The reason for this is, for example, a suspicion that the entity has been subject to financial crime or other fraudulent activities. 

The outcome of an investigation may have major impact or consequences for the business, individuals involved in the investigation, and for other affected third parties. Those conducting the investigation, must ensure that all parties involved are taken care of, and that the process is carried out within the framework of the law. It is therefore important that the investigation is carried out by qualified personnel with expertise in the field. Additionally, the persons conducting investigations must have knowledge about relevant investigations, where the information could be located, and whether it concerns information in electronically stored information, physical documentation or through interviews with people. 

As independent lawyers and advisors, we can assist businesses in conducting an investigation and assess whether circumstances constitute a violation of laws and regulations. 

Our law firm is led by one of Norway's most experienced investigators, Erling Grimstad. Erling has previously been the Deputy Chief of the Norwegian Serious Fraud Office (ØKOKRIM) and senior public prosecutor. Erling has assisted a number of Norwegian and international companies in investigations of corruption, money laundering, suspicion of financial crime, and more. 

No entities can secure themselves 100% against breaches or serious violations. Investigations of suspected breaches of law, require good knowledge and insight on the subject, to ensure that the business makes the right decisions when the suspicion becomes known. We are often engaged by the management of the entity to provide advice and guidance on how such investigations should be organized and executed. 

Some questions the management should ask when the suspicion arises, are:

  • What is the risk associated with the suspicion?

  • How can values be secured?

  • What information should be given to the management, the board or other affected third parties?

  • Where is the information relevant to the case?

  • What information can be secured, and how should the security be implemented?

  • What investigations should be conducted before any of the parties or people involved are made aware of the suspicion?

  • When should the relevant authorities be informed, and how should this be done?

  • What laws and regulations govern access to conducting searches in electronically stored information?

  • When should interviews be conducted and how?

  • How should searches and analyzes be carried out?


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