On 8 May 2017, the English High Court of Justice handed down judgement in The Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) v. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited (ENRC), in which the SFO sought a declaration to compel ENRC to produce certain documents under s.2(3) of the Criminal Justice Act 1987 (CJA 1987) as part of its criminal investigation into the activities of ENRC, its subsidiaries, officers and employees, which it opened in 2013.
By: Jonathan Taber
On March 30, 2017, FBI Director James Comey’s personal Instagram and Twitter accounts were exposed by Gizmodo reporter Ashley Feinberg. While Comey publicly handled the exposure (and his thousands of new followers) in stride, the length of his efforts to camouflage his online identity indicate that the privacy of his accounts was no laughing matter.
By: David A. Holley
Berkeley Research Group’s Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence experts provide a unique service to boards of directors and their advisors involved in contests for corporate control. Their role is to develop information through investigation to allow clients and their advisors to make the most informed decisions consistent with their goals and legal strategy. Frequently, this information takes the form of diligence on the proffered slate of dissident directors or the proposed transaction. Our experts seek to identify and bring to light information for our clients to use to shape their shareholder engagement strategy. Our team has decades of experience conducting investigations in connection with hostile takeover defense.
By: Robert DeCicco
With the increase in drones in the sky beyond recreational use and delivery, and movement toward practical and business uses such as surveillance in hostile climates, servicing and message relaying, we have also seen an increase in the sophistication of the devices. Not unlike a mobile phone or GPS, the drone carries a significant amount of digital information that can be both extracted and used to corroborate other evidence in an investigation, provide alibis or in some instances be the smoking gun to solve an investigation.
On April 4, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning of a “dramatic rise” in business email compromises (BECs) and CEO frauds. The following summarizes Berkeley Research Group’s Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence practice’s view of this growing fraud and provides actionable intelligence for alerting employees and practical tips to avoid becoming a victim.
By: David A. Holley
The now historic National Football League (“NFL”) scandal involving the inflation levels of the footballs used by the New England Patriots during the 2014 AFC Championship Game – “Deflategate” – attracted national attention and filled countless hours of debate amongst friends, colleagues and perfect strangers. While early watercooler discussions centered on the intersection of weather, science and professional football, later dialog had been around more nuanced legal issues, such as the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements, tampering with or destroying evidence, and the role of judges in reviewing, what was essentially an arbitration ruling.