Internal Investigations in Europe

Debevoise Regularly Acts on the Most Sensitive and Complex Internal Investigations in Europe


The long history of Debevoise’s internal investigations team in Europe makes it one of the continent’s most formidable teams in this area. It regularly represents boards of directors, board committees and corporations in conducting internal investigations into alleged corporate wrongdoing, and in responding to the results of such investigations.

The team advises on Europe’s most sensitive investigations. With leading practitioners in London, Frankfurt and Paris, the team anticipates and responds to the various risks clients face in today’s increasingly regulated market.

The practice is particularly adept at creating tailored teams for the task at hand, scaling its approach to match the size of any challenge, and adjusting as an investigation progresses. It delivers advice in a commercial context, troubleshooting where necessary, and assisting clients to avoid future issues through appropriate remediation, including the creation and implementation of appropriate compliance procedures.

The European team sits as part of a global practice with strength across the U.S., Europe and Asia that few firms can match. This global strength is a key advantage of the practice given the often multi-jurisdictional nature of these matters. Many of the practice’s engagements have also seen it work in conjunction with local counsel in most European jurisdictions.

The team advises on, and conducts internal investigations with, full appreciation of the wider regulatory and enforcement context, particularly in circumstances of parallel government investigations.