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Compliance and investigation

Compliance related crises have shaken confidence in the business sector, both in Norway and internationally, over the last few decades. This has resulted in an increased willingness and ability on the part of the authorities to regulate and sanction, as well as a stronger focus on compliance and risk management among businesses.

Thommessen has over time developed extensive compliance expertise and experience, and currently advises a broad range of Norwegian and international businesses on addressing compliance challenges in relation to, for example, anti-corruption, international sanctions, export controls, human rights, anti-money laundering and terrorist financing.

We assist clients in a number of industries with risk analysis, managing transaction risk, managing third party risk via integrity due diligence (IDD), resolution of disputes originating from compliance events, etc. We prepare compliance manuals, training programmes, internal control procedures and other preventive measures that are tailored to each business and its risk profile. We also have extensive experience in assisting clients with, for example, application processes, licence processes and other forms of contact with the authorities.

Our compliance team has extensive crisis management experience, both from before the problem enters the public domain and from when the authorities come knocking on the door. We often assist companies that are subjected to public inspection or investigation by bodies such as the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (Økokrim), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST), and have represented companies indicted in several of the largest Økokrim prosecutions in Norway.