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Forensic Techniques to Investigate Emerging Trends

September 6, 2023

The ever-changing economic, commercial and regulatory landscape, along with emerging technologies, has led to an increase in the sophistication and complexity of fraud schemes. In GIR’s Americas Investigations Review chapter on Forensic Techniques to Investigate Emerging Trends, FRA experts Jenna Voss, Masako Asaka, Danielle Logue, Umair Nadeem, and Meredith Fitzpatrick explore why it is essential for investigations practitioners to remain abreast of these evolving trends and understand how to apply existing and new investigative techniques and technology solutions when issues arise.

The article explores cryptocurrencies and environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters in the context of fraud and compliance investigations. FRA considers the pertinent aspects of the evolving regulatory landscape and discusses specific nuances, considerations and investigative tools practitioners should consider when conducting investigations in these areas, including examples of how they can be applied.

In the chapter they touch upon:

  • Regulatory guidance and enforcement trends in cryptocurrencies.
  • Cryptocurrency investigation considerations and the power of leveraging blockchain intelligence tools in combination with traditional investigative techniques.
  • Regulatory guidance and enforcement trends in ESG-related fraud and compliance investigations by the DOJ, the SEC and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as well as European legislation updates.
  • ESG investigation considerations and the increased reputational risk to companies that are held out to be acting irresponsibly.

The above is an extract featuring FRA’s contribution. The whole publication is also available at -

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