Forensic Services

The best kind of corruption is the one that never takes place. We reveal censurable circumstances before they occur.

First and foremost, PwC Forensic Services do various factual investigations in connection with unwanted incidents. There is often talk about suspicion of financial fraud and offenses, but there may also be other types of incident.

We conduct the factual investigations according to a fixed methodology where the source of information may, for example, be documents, accounting material, interviews and electronically stored information of evidential value. For this work we have our own technology laboratory with different types of IT tools for securing analysis of electronic traces and large amounts of information.

We also use the technology lab to investigate Cyber ​​Crime, and depending on the mandate, we can advise on how to prevent similar incidents in the future. Such assignments will often mean that we both conduct the collection of facts, and thereafter make a legal assessment of what the actual findings mean.

Secondly, we provide services to prevent financial fraud. This includes doing Integrity Due Diligence and "compliance" work especially related to anticorruption, anti-money laundering, contribution management, data protection and contract compliance.

Within the area for security and emergency preparedness, we have extensive experience in identifying vulnerable areas, developing preventive measures, and establishing a comprehensive preparedness thinking to handle unforeseen incidents through regular risk analysis and development /updating of plans, etc.

Generally we benefit from various technical expertise in the projects. We believe this provides the best delivery for the customer. Our employees are lawyers, economists, accountants, political scientist, IT-technicians and police.  Generally they have long experience from work in the police, prosecution, law court, the e-service and the Office of the Auditor General.

Examples of assignments for customers within the public sector:

  • Investigation into the Norwegian Armed Forces sale of former military vessels to Nigeria.
  • Report to the Ministry of Trade and Fisheries; Review of corruption regulations, anticorruption measures and corporate governance.
  • Whistle-blower administration and follow-up of alerts and whistle-blowers
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Audit of project assignments
  • Directorate; Contract compliance-audit of large contract with vendor. Savings for client of several millions.

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Internationally there is a clear trend that authorities are increasingly stepping up the fight against corruption by requiring that companies have implemented robust preventive measures. Norwegian companies with international activities should be aware that both the United States’ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK’s Bribery Act have broad scopes and under certain circumstances may apply to Norwegian companies. In addition Norwegian corruption rules may also apply to acts committed abroad.

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Pål Kulø Lønseth
Advocate | Partner | National Leader, PwC Norway
Tel: +47 965 01 616

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