Investigations — look who’s talking?
E-discovery isn’t just about litigation anymore. Those involved in all sorts of investigations are realising the benefit of using powerful technology and processes to plough through large quantities of information to get to the evidence they need faster.
And nowhere is this proving more useful than in regulatory investigations. The number of companies facing regulatory proceedings investigations shot up in 2013 compared with 2012. According to Norton Rose Fulbright’s annual litigation survey, 19 per cent of companies were dealing with regulatory matters and investigations in 2013, compared with nine per cent in 2012. In the technology industry, this rise was even more pronounced, with 27 per cent handling them, up from 10 per cent in 2012. This was the third year in a row that the number of companies dealing with regulatory matters increased, according to the survey.
So how can companies prepare to deal with this increased focus on regulatory matters and investigations? As alleged perpetrators of whatever misdemeanour being investigated are communicating electronically, it makes sense for the investigators to counter with powerful tools to enable them to find out who said (or wrote) what to whom, when and about what…
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