Forensics

Assisting clients in achieving the highest levels of business integrity through the prevention, detection, and investigation of fraud and misconduct.

MQuad professionals use accounting, investigation, intelligence, technology, economics and deep industry skills alongside consistent global methodologies to help reduce reputational risk and commercial loss, and to improve the value obtained from existing contracts.

The changing nature of business has created new opportunities, but also new risks and potential threats including:

  • the increasing sophistication of fraud, organized crime and terrorism more complex legislation and regulations, some with increasing extra-territorial reach
  • developing challenges around technology
  • complex cross-border disputes
  • pitfalls from expanding into emerging markets
  • dependencies on unfamiliar business partners more complex supply and distribution channels
  • theft and misuse of intellectual property.

Organizations that effectively monitor and swiftly respond to potentially damaging situations such as these are better placed to deal with them quickly and successfully, while reducing adverse financial, reputational or operational impact.

MQuad Forensic offers robust, practical advice, helping our firms’ clients deal with:

  • fraud, misconduct and corruption investigations
  • tracing funds, assets, companies and individuals
  • commercial disputes
  • regulatory compliance
  • managing risk on buying or selling a business
  • intellectual property and contract governance
  • preventing and detecting fraud or financial crime.

We can also deploy technology tools to help clients deal effectively with large amounts of data and documentation, to manage and disclose important material or highlight fraud, weaknesses and business opportunities from within corporate data.

MQuad Forensic aims to provide our firms’ clients with the tools and services they need to keep on top of the major risks they face.

Our network forensic professionals bring a consistent global approach, combined with a tailored local focus, to sensitive and complicated cross-border engagements.

Risk management should be embedded within the culture of the organization so that everyone is focused on managing and optimizing risk.

Risk management is not the responsibility of a single department, it is the responsibility of everyone in the organisation. Past corporate failings have been attributed to lack of accountability, strategy and transparency.

Tougher expectations by regulators and other stakeholders now mean that corporates and financial institutions should demonstrate better discipline, control and responsibility. Failure to comply with existing and emerging regulation could jeopardize reputations and livelihoods. How robust is your governance, risk and compliance program?

Financial risks have probably never been more acute. Capital reserves, credit portfolios, investment policies and capital and debt profiles all demand constant scrutiny to adequately manage and mitigate risk.

Companies should also be vigilant about risks presented by suppliers. A counterparty who defaults on a contract, or whose business collapses, can have serious financial and reputational ramifications for connected parties.

Fraud risks can also increase when cash is tight. Some employees become more opportunistic — and external hackers more resourceful. They find security lax in areas of the business that used to be better resourced … and they strike. Are your systems and policies sufficiently robust to ward off the risk of fraud?

At the same time, many companies are more likely to pursue litigation for losses that they would otherwise endure in more prosperous times. Disputes arise as they seek to apportion blame to other parties for inappropriate or negligent behavior that results in financial or business loss. Could you end up as instigator or defendant in a litigation case?

With all these demands, internal audit is in many companies often elevated from pure compliance to a function that regularly reviews the risk profile for emerging risks and identifies trends as it keep its finger on the pulse of business performance. The chief risk officer, meanwhile, becomes increasingly involved in strategic decision-making where the emphasis is as much on risk as it is on growth.

MQuad professionals provide the experience to help companies stay on track and deal with risks that could unhinge their business survival.

Risk assurance

The business environment is rife with risk. The challenge lies in staying ahead of those risks and preparing accordingly. Insight and independent assurance provide an invaluable safeguard in today’s complex operating environment. We can help you protect and strengthen every aspect of your business, from people to performance, systems to strategy, and business planning to business resilience.