ALN

It is accepted that the business environment in Africa carries a higher level of risk and challenge than other parts of the world. Turning risk into opportunity, ALN’s multi-disciplinary team helps clients navigate the continued changes in regulation, governance and compliance.

Non-profit organisations, development partners and private companies across Africa need to manage risk and prevent, detect, investigate and respond to incidents in order to protect their people, assets, operations and brand.

ALN’s dedicated Forensics, Risk and Compliance team combines legal, accounting, economic, communication, investigative, technology skillsets and organisational development strategies to provide clients with a tailored set of services which cover incident detection, investigation, response and prevention for both private and public sector clients.

We provide support to clients before, during and after an adverse event. From real-time crisis response and recovery to crisis management planning, from risk identification to risk governance, our Forensics, Risk and Compliance Team is ready to help client protect its people, assets, operations and brand.

In conjunction with our Dispute Resolution team, we offer services at all stages of an investigation, including dawn raids, amnesty applications, compliance and defence strategies, negotiations with the authorities and damages assessment, assisting clients in their effort to manage financial, misconduct and reputational risks.

We are also able to support our transactional colleagues in Corporate M&A, Banking & Finance and Projects & Infrastructure in providing due diligence investigationary support into target companies, businesses and key individuals to enable clients to identify key risks and potential areas of concern with any potential acquisition or financing before a deal is signed. We are also able to take a helicopter view of the whole due diligence process across the relevant disciplines to identify threads or lines of enquiry which may not be obvious from an individual report.

Principal Areas of Practice:

  • Corporate intelligence and due diligence
  • Crisis and risk management
  • Cyber security and data protection
  • Financial assurance in grant management
  • Forensic advisory and compliance
  • Forensic investigations
  • Forensic technology services
  • Whistleblowing

 

Representative transactions include advising:

  1. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

    In connection with investigations under a two-year framework agreement starting in 2020.

  2. An international non-profit organisation

    In connection with an investigation into reported claims of corruption, harassment, and mismanagement at one of its local member associations that provides sexual and reproductive healthcare services.

  3. A mid-tier bank

    In connection with a special investigation into allegations of impropriety by a whistle-blower.

  1. A large UK insurance company

    In the implementation of a group-wide Anti-Bribery Corruption programme, including the assessment of ‘ABC readiness’ across all service lines and countries to establish compliance with the UK Bribery Act (2010).

  2. A local firm

    In connection with a corporate intelligence investigation and exercise to collect and analyse information regarding the founder, the CEO and company operations entity within the pharmaceutical industry. The objective of this investigation was to obtain evidence on suspected criminal activity, tax fraud, money laundering, and the establishment of the ownership of this entity within the pharmaceutical industry.

  3. A leading insurer

    On a forensic investigation of its boarding and commission payment process, including whether there was an infringement of the UK Anti-Bribery and Corruption Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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