Internal Corporate Investigations

Who's Who Legal

“Comprehensive expertise in all aspects of business crime law.”

Chambers Europe

“Market-leading investigations practice.”

Who's Who Legal

“Fantastic, sophisticated and knowledgeable with significant experience in domestic and international corporate investigations.”

Who's Who Legal

“Among the foremost practitioners, who are prominent forces in the market.”

Practice Group

Schellenberg Wittmer’s Internal Corporate Investigations Group features multilingual lawyers versed in both civil law and common law traditions. Our cross-divisional approach enables us to respond quickly and efficiently to the most resource-intensive demands.

Schellenberg Wittmer has the technical expertise and infrastructure to process large-scale document reviews on its own IT platform completely securely.

Expertise

Experience

Schellenberg Wittmer has extensive experience in the investigation of a broad range of legal and regulatory matters, including:

  • Bribery and corruption
  • Fraud and violation of tax laws
  • Violation of banking and capital market rules
  • Disclosure and accounting issues
  • Competition and antitrust
  • Executive misconduct


We also act regularly on behalf of regulators and other law enforcement authorities.

Strong teams in dispute resolution, white collar crime and antitrust form the foundation of our practice, which is supported by other practice areas such as corporate, banking and finance, capital markets and tax. A tailor-made team is assembled for each issue, comprising partners, associates and junior lawyers from the relevant practice areas.

  • Counsel to two major Brazilian conglomerates Odebrecht and Braskem in AML proceedings opened by the Office of the Attorney General in Switzerland in the context of the multibillion-dollar Petrobras corruption scandal. This is a landmark case, one of the first and largest corporate criminal liability cases ever settled in Switzerland, reached in close coordination with resolutions in Brazil and the US
  • Lead Swiss counsel to Credit Suisse in offshore tax evasion investigation launched by US authorities in 2011, and in the subsequent settlement reached between the bank and the US government
  • Lead Swiss counsel to EFG Bank in its compliance under the US DOJ offshore voluntary disclosure programme for Swiss banks. Schellenberg Wittmer advised the client on the full spectrum of legal issues involved, including internal investigation and representation of EFG Bank before the US DOJ and in various related Swiss court proceedings

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Awards and Recognitions

The group and leading practitioners are highly ranked among leading law firms in international directories and publications:

  • GIR 100
  • Chambers Europe in White-Collar Crime and Compliance
  • Winner of Regional or Boutique Investigations practice 2017 at GIR Awards
  • WWL Switzerland and WWL Investigations international guide
  • WWL Switzerland Firm of the Year Business Crime Defense
  • Expert Guides
  • GIR 40 under 40
  • Financial Times: Innovative Lawyers
  • Benchmark Litigation Europe
 

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