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We are legal experts in fraud, corruption and cybercrime investigations in Africa, as well as anti-bribery, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance and risk management.

 

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Proven track record

Our highly skilled team of forensic lawyers, accountants, investigators, digital forensic experts, data analysts and fraud prosecutors has extensive expertise and experience in forensic investigations.

We specialise in complex, large-scale investigations into white collar crime, including fraud, corruption and cybercrime. Our success rate is attributed to our multi-disciplinary collaboration, strong interviewing skills and comprehensive data analysis through the use of cutting edge technology.

In addition, we are renowned for our anti-bribery, anti-corruption and regulatory compliance advice, which covers anti-money laundering, sanctions and counter-terrorist financing.

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Excellence

Our multidisciplinary forensics team is ranked in band 1 for corporate investigations by prestigious international legal rankings agency Chambers Global, who describe us as “highly regarded”, with “a strong track record”.

We are led by Steven Powell, who was named Financial Crimes Investigator of the Year for 2022 at the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI) annual global awards ceremony. He is the first person in Africa to be given this honour, and was recognised for his outstanding investigative efforts in 2021.

Our forensics lawyers are accredited members of IAFCI, as well as the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the South African Institute of Commercial Forensic Practitioners (ICFP) and TRACE International.

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African footprint

We are Africa’s largest law firm, with offices in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa. With more than 600 specialist practitioners, we have deep expertise and the capacity to solve all your legal, tax, forensics and IP requirements, and help you navigate regulatory hurdles, no matter where in Africa you do business. Because we have had many years of practical experience working on the ground throughout the continent, we have developed a proven track record and a solid understanding of local cultural, commercial and geopolitical contexts, as well as long-standing partnerships with trusted firms with whom we work.

 

We provide fast, high quality solutions for compliance-related challenges facing multinational organisations in Africa and beyond. We do this by applying global best practices, such as recommended by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations, regulators and law-enforcement agencies, global industry initiatives and international watchdogs such as Transparency International.

We have in-depth knowledge of the requirements of anti-bribery and corruption legislation, including the South African Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, The UK Bribery Act, the Canadian Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act and the French Sapin II legislation.

We have an excellent track record in achieving criminal convictions and internal dismissals resulting from forensic investigations and internal disciplinary proceedings. This often results in our cases going to plea bargains, leading to faster access to justice and greater recoveries.

Because complex, large-scale investigations into fraud and corruption almost always require strong data analysis skills, our in-house digital forensics experts specialise in forensic computer imaging and e-discovery techniques. Having access to the latest analytical processes and forensic tools allows us to easily identify fraud patterns and new trends through reviewing electronic evidence. We also identify potential red flags, to mitigate reputational and regulatory risks.

We have deep experience in cybercrime investigations, including business email compromise attacks, and can assist you no matter where in the world the incidents take place.

We also have a strong focus on proactive cybersecurity measures like comprehensive planning, training, risk identification and assessments, to prevent and minimise devastating financial and reputational losses.

ENS has a particularly strong presence in this market, and they get a lot of high-profile work
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awards and rankings

ENSafrica is recognised by leading international ranking agencies, including Chambers Global, Legal 500, IFLR1000 and the World Tax Guide, for achieving consistently high standards.

Furthermore, the firm is a regular recipient of regional awards such as DealMakers and the African Legal Awards.

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ENSafrica's corporate investigations team is highly regarded for its ability to handle significant forensic investigations, with particular proficiency in commercial crime investigations and anti-corruption concerns
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the team is sought out for its counsel on the development and implementation of anti-bribery and anti-corruption training programmes
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it maintains a strong track record for its work on behalf of eminent domestic and international clients, with long-standing experience assisting financial services players and government entities
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the firm remains a frequent choice of counsel to public sector and parastatal bodies to conduct internal audits
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their engagement is always professional, the outcome and delivery is on point, they look at risks from a holistic point of view, and their quality of work is of the highest standard
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expertise

Forensic 
investigations
Fraud, theft and 
white collar crime
Fraud and corruption 
investigations
Data breach 
investigations
Identity theft 
investigations
Malicious messages 
investigations
Unlawful access 
investigations
Testifying in 
disciplinary proceedings
Testifying in 
criminal proceedings
Liaison with 
law enforcement
Liaison with 
regulatory agencies
Asset tracing 
and loss recovery
Cybercrime 
investigations
Cybersecurity Vulnerability 
testing
Incident 
response
Preventative 
controls
Response 
plans
Risk identification 
and assessment
Digital forensic 
investigations
Data 
analysis
Compliance 
programmes
Due 
diligence
Policies and 
procedures
Codes of ethics 
and conduct
Risk 
management
Risk 
mitigation
Risk 
registers
Training and 
awareness
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experience

STATE CAPTURE
Large scale, complex investigation into bribery, corruption, fraud and theft in the public sector business of a large South African technology services company which affected Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The investigation identified widespread tender abuse and corruption worth ZAR14-billion, much of which involved enterprise development partners. Steven Powell has twice testified in this regard at South Africa’s State Capture Commission, including regarding payments made to a senior government minister. Judge Zondo commended our client for disclosing and cleaning up corruption within its ranks.
THEFT INVESTIGATION
In-depth investigation into theft of raw materials worth over ZAR23-million at one of the world’s largest steel manufacturers, through collusion between employees and transporters, as well as a further investigation into the procurement environment, which led to the dismissal of a number of employees. We also helped our client to enhance and strengthen their control and security measures.
FACT-FINDING INVESTIGATION
Fact-finding investigation, under extremely tight time constraints, into a whistle-blower’s allegations into financial irregularities, a culture of bullying and governance issues at a major African fishing company, as well as guidance on remedial measures.
DIGITAL FORENSIC REVIEW
Forensic investigation into a host of whistle-blower allegations against an oil and gas downstream production and supply company, including conflict of interest by a local sales manager, and the diversion of supplies. We conducted this investigation together with the client’s internal forensic team to promote skills transfer. The case was solved through digital forensic review, after which the suspect confessed and the matter was speedily resolved.
DIGITAL FORENSIC INVESTIGATION
Digital forensic investigation into online advance fee fraud where our client invested ZAR8-million of their pension into an online scheme with the promise of large returns. When they attempted to withdraw the investment, they paid the additional tax requested, but did not receive the payout. We determined where the syndicate was operating from and identified the accounts which received the initial funds.
CYBER FRAUD INVESTIGATION
Cyber fraud investigation into a Business Email Compromise (BEC) attack which resulted in a high net worth individual losing ZAR12-million of their pension. The syndicate had changed our client’s contact and banking details and submitted a fictitious withdrawal from the pension fund to an offshore bank account. We investigated how they had gained access to our client’s pension details and effected the fraudulent withdrawal. We are also helping our client to initiate a negligence claim against the fund as they did not consult the client before processing the transaction.
FRAUD INVESTIGATION
Forensic investigation into whistle-blower allegations of fraud and false vehicle insurance claims committed on instruction from an independent insurance provider’s senior management. We mobilised a large team of investigators and digital forensic experts to raid multiple client sites across South Africa on the same day, including interviews with suspects, imaging hard drives and securing hard evidence. Through diligent covert work coupled with strong interviewing skills, the main perpetrator confessed and agreed to a reimbursement plan.
FORENSIC INVESTIGATION
We were mandated by a South African national sports governing body to conduct a forensic investigation into the fraudulent activities of a former credit controller who diverted almost ZAR4-million worth of payments to accounts connected to the employee. Following the investigation, we obtained a full admission from the perpetrator and assisted police with the criminal investigation. We also provided our client with guidance on the implementation of proactive fraud prevention and detection measures in order to improve their controls and mitigate the fraud risk.
ANTI-BRIBERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
We led an Anti-Bribery Management System enhancement process for a South African telecommunications software solutions company. We assessed their current controls, in order to determine appropriate enhancements, particularly to their policy framework. The company then outsourced over 60 due diligence requests to us.
ANTI-BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION
We conducted an anti-bribery and corruption risk assessment for the public sector arms of three separate banking businesses of a major South African financial services provider. We have also completed anti-bribery and corruption risk assessments for this company regarding Mozambique and Nigeria.
COMPLIANCE PROGRAMME
We conducted an anti-fraud and anti-bribery risk assessment for a pan-African multilateral trade finance institution, identifying numerous risks for remediation. This was part of a larger compliance programme which included face-to-face training and developing of an online training module for staff.
FRAUD RISK ASSESSMENT
We were engaged by a major Southern African cement supplier to conduct a fraud risk assessment of its operations with a view to proactively identifying potential internal fraud risk. This extensive exercise included assessing large amounts of information obtained from the client and conducting workshops with key people in the organisation. We provided advice on additional controls that could be implemented to further reduce the risk of fraud.
GOVERNANCE CONCERNS
Urgent and comprehensive forensic investigation into allegations of irregularities in the appointment of tax consultants and conflicts of interests at a major African mobile operator, as well as extensive recommendations to address governance concerns.
FALSE ACCUSATIONS
Investigation into a whistle-blower’s allegations regarding a European transportation solutions provider, with the outcome being that there was no substance to these claims which emanated from a disgruntled former employee.
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