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FRA was instructed by the client and its UK and US counsel (Norton Rose Fulbright and Cravath, Swaine & Moore), together with counsel in the Nordics and Holland, respectively to provide eDiscovery and forensic accounting services in the investigation of a Scandinavian telecoms company. The company was alleged to have made improper payments to secure licenses in Eurasia.
Initially, FRA assisted external counsel to review historic Eurasian investment activities and report to the Corporate Board. However, to comply with emerging demands from various enforcement agencies, FRA was instructed to collect, preserve and lock down structured and unstructured data held locally in Eurasia and in other related jurisdictions.
This highly sensitive exercise required FRA to send numerous data experts to Eurasia over a period of twelve months and image and preserve local data. Due to local national security laws, the data could not be removed from the region and could only be analyzed by transporting our own mobile data equipment to Eurasia.
FRA was able to process and filter the data to satisfy international enforcement agency demands while still complying with all local national security laws. In addition FRA amalgamated structured financial data from multiple jurisdictions and entities to support granular forensic accounting transaction enquiries.
Instructing lawyers requested that FRA continue to assist the investigation, culminating in the recent groundbreaking financial settlement and disgorgement negotiations ($965 Million) with regulators in the US, Netherlands and potentially Sweden.