Practice Area

Corporate Investigations

Corporate Investigations

SIGNUM’s corporate investigations practice assists clients in defending themselves against fraud or other wrongdoing involving management, employees or third parties. Our clients include companies across all industries, and we work directly with their management, shareholders, and corporate personnel such as Compliance Officers, General Counsel, legal department personnel, Internal Auditors, and other investigation team members.

Some investigations also require that we work closely with auditors and subject matter experts and consultants.

We understand that companies today face the daunting possibility of allegations of wrongdoing from any source, including shareholders, anonymous whistleblowers, regulatory agencies, employees, vendors, customers and suppliers.

At SIGNUM, we can provide assistance in both domestic and cross-border investigations in cooperation with our international colleagues.

Service includes the following directions
  • Compliance
  • Investigations
  • Management Crime investigation
  • Commercial Corruption
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Corporate and Business Intelligence
  • Forensic Research
  • eDiscovery and eDisclosure
  • Digital Evidence Analyses and Preservation
  • Corporate Espionage
  • Asset Tracing
“The SIGNUM team are responsive and helpful. SIGNUM is my go-to law firm in Kazakhstan: commercial and efficient while being legally correct. Sofiya Zhylkaidarova, Liza Zhumakhmetova and Gaukhar Kudaibergenova are all especially strong.”
Asialaw Profiles, 2018
Signum Law Firm handles corporate and M&A matters, and is particularly active in the oil and gas sector. Liza Zhumakhmetova and Abylkhair Nakipov are the key names.
The Legal 500, Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, 2018
“All work is done in the time agreed and follows high standards. The staff of SIGNUM are always available to provide the necessary explanations and feedback. Having three years of experience with SIGNUM, I can’t identify any weakness in their services.”
Asialaw Profiles, 2018


  • Advice on compliance with legislation, including anti-bribery legislation, anti-money laundering legislation, ethical codes etc.;
  • Advice on implementation of corporate standards and compliance policies, including reviews and trainings;
  • Advice on internal policies, internal controls and corporate governance;
  • Conducting due diligence on compliance issues arising in mergers and acquisitions;
  • Advising on managing and responding to regulatory audits and inspections.
  • Legal advice on cross-border and domestic corporate and regulatory investigations in relation to bribery and corruption, fraud, money laundering, cartels, tax evasion, improper accounting and financial practices and other corporate and individual misconduct;
  • Legal advice on investigations and enforcement actions initiated by government and/or regulatory authorities;
  • Legal advice with internal investigations on suspected or identified internal corruption, improper collaboration with third parties, fraud, non-compliance with corporate standards and procedures;
  • Quantifying of potential financial risk or exposure from non-compliant actions;
  • Providing advice on implementation of necessary control mechanisms to protect individual or business assets and prevent recurrence of non-compliance;
  • Intellectual property control assessments;
  • Advice on potential legal risks arising from investigations;
  • Advice on dealing with media and other agencies on post-investigation reputational matters.
Management Crime investigation
  • Legal advice in all aspects of corporate criminal and civil liability, including cases where managers/staff may be involved as suspected or accused persons, witnesses and/or victims; representing interests of client before office of prosecutors, police etc.;
  • Defending companies, shareholders, senior executives and employees in criminal investigations and court proceedings;
  • Providing legal advice and representing companies and individuals in extradition cases and/or search notices;
  • Dealing with disputes arising from corporate matters, including financial accusations and charges of other crimes.
Commercial Corruption
  • Legal assistance in the development of anti-corruption and business ethics policies and procedures, review of the effective procedures and policies;
  • Preparing and/or reviewing procedures for appointment and retention of agents and representatives, including providing appropriate anti-corruption protections in agency agreements, service agreements and the like;
  • Legal advice on specific compliance matters: allowed events, permissible gifts and rewards, hospitality, sponsored business events;
  • Conducting anti-corruption due diligence for M&A projects and other transaction work;
  • Conducting internal training on corporate compliance matters;
  • Conducting internal investigations on internal corruption allegations;
  • Undertaking a ‘health check’ of corporate systems, procedures and standards.
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