Internal investigation

A fundamental tool in the prevention, detection, and management of risk within a company, the internal investigation is increasingly implemented.

Internal investigations are meant to prove or to refute the veracity of facts likely to be at the origin of sanctions and/or an engagement of responsibility, in order to bring a fast and effective response.

Internal investigations cover all kinds of facts that are likely to be illicit and to characterize, for example, offences of harassment, corruption, money laundering or fraud. They are useful in the prevention, evaluation, and management of risk.

It now also is criminal defense argument in a context of negotiated justice, and more precisely in France, in the implementation of a Public Interest Judicial Agreement (“Convention judiciaire d’intérêt public” - “CJIP”). We regularly assist companies in conducting internal investigations, and we do so in compliance with the ethical obligations imposed on lawyers (professional secrecy and independence) and the best practices developed in this area.

Your challenges

Effective risk management

Internal investigations are tools for assessing the legal, operational, or reputational risks to which a company is exposed, which facilitates their control.

The implementation of reporting tools

The development of internal investigations and the associated risk management are dependent on the existence, within the company, of effective reporting procedures and mechanisms, in addition to compliance with the provisions relating to whistleblower protection.

An internal investigation procedure in compliance with the best practices

Internal investigations are a sensitive exercise and must be carried out in compliance with the applicable rules, in particular those relating to the processing of personal data and those relating to the respect for the privacy of employees.

An effective and strategic response

Following an internal investigation, the company must be able to draw consequences and take corrective measures (improvement or creation of new internal procedures, disciplinary sanctions, remediation, exchange with the authorities).

A renewed use of the internal investigation

In addition to being a strategic tool for the development and securing of a company's business, the internal investigation is, since the Sapin II law, a condition for benefiting from a “CJIP” and helps to demonstrate a willingness to cooperate with the authorities.

Our way

A strong experience in the realization of internal investigations

We have been conducting internal investigations for many years for very large companies and SMEs in various sectors, which has enabled us to develop a great expertise in this area.

A precise knowledge of the internal investigation procedure led by outside counsel

We carry out internal investigations in compliance with the highest applicable standards and with our ethical obligations, in complete independence, with integrity and in compliance with professional secrecy.

A support at all stages of the investigation

According to an investigation plan discussed with the client, we collect, process and study data useful to the demonstration of the truth, we interview relevant persons, and we draft an investigation report which enables us to analyze the situation and propose the adequate remedial measures.

A team that is reactive and adaptable to clients' needs

Because internal investigations are generally synonymous with crisis situations, we are able to respond quickly and precisely to your needs.

A strong network of trusted partners

We work closely with trusted partners (such as foreign law firms, forensics, consulting and auditing firms, or suppliers of alert processing systems) in order to provide our clients with the most complete and qualitative service possible.

Clients' stories

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« To this day, no jurisdiction has had to decide the question of the lack or insufficiency of adversarial process in an internal investigation »
Julie Zorrilla
Accolades Navacelle
NAVACELLE recognized once again in 2021
by Décideurs Magazine
International and Internal Investigations
Guide Compliance, Fraud & Investigations
Stéphane de Navacelle selected by peers
for inclusion in the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers in France in
NAVACELLE recognized once again in 2021
by The Legal 500 as
one of the top law firms in
NAVACELLE recognized once again in 2021
by The Legal 500 as
one of the top law firms
in dispute resolution
Stéphane de Navacelle once again in 2021 picked in Chambers Europe ranking
Category Corporate Compliance & Investigations in France
Sources say: "He is incredibly diplomatic and good at navigating complicated clients."
Julie Zorrilla selected in
Women in Investigations 2021 as
NAVACELLE recognized once again in 2021
by Le Point
identifed as one of the Tier 1 law firm in
NAVACELLE recognized in 2021
by Décideurs Magazine
Criminal Tax Law
Guide Litigation & Arbitration

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Amicus radio – Episode 5: Compliance and internal investigation – what future? (in French)
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Amicus radio – Episode 4: The internal investigation cannot be invented.(in French)
The internal investigation is a process, it is therefore framed and composed of different stages which are always the same. Camille Potier, former member of the Bar Co...
24 May 2021
Amicus radio – Episode 3: The internal investigation: what guarantee for everyone’s rights? (in French)
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21 May 2021
White paper on Investigations in criminal matters (in French)
The practice of investigation by the lawyer has become an essential element of a new form of criminal defence in a context of negotiated justice.
17 May 2021
Amicus radio – Episode 2: The recent consecration of internal investigation and compliance. (in French)
The practice of internal investigations in France was confirmed and enshrined in the Sapin II Act, which introduced the Judicial Agreement in the Public Interest (CJIP). ...
10 May 2021
Amicus radio – Episode 1: The lawyer leads the investigation, the internal investigation! (in French)
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8 March 2021
Navacelle co-authors GIR of the Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations – 5th edition
NAVACELLE co-authors the French chapter of the fifth edition of Global Investigations Review’s Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations.
Stéphane de Navacelle
Managing partner Navacelle
Julie Zorrilla
Partner Navacelle
Clémentine Duverne
Partner Navacelle
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Compliances Magazine – Internal criminal investigation fundamentals (in French)
Julie Zorrilla, Princessa Fouda and Sara Deyhim present the internal criminal investigation fundamentals for Compliances Magazine.
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Partner Navacelle
Princessa Fouda
Sara Deyhim
Sciences Po student
18 December 2020
Investigations: Navacelle/FRA roundtable discussions (in French)
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