Increasingly, compliance and ethics are key to enabling businesses and organisations to build and entrench goodwill and profitability. Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie has a robust Compliance and Investigations practice that is strategically positioned to advise and support clients with legal, procedural, governance and reputational aspects of compliance and ethical issues and associated investigations in Nigeria.
Over 34 years’ experience engaging with and participating in varying capacities with key regulators has helped our Compliance And Investigations team to build and develop deep and diverse relationships with regulatory agencies, which strengthens our capacity to provide up to date, informed and commercially relevant and practical legal advice and to add value in strategising and structuring arrangements and resolving issues without compromising profitability and business viability.
The Compliance And Investigations team routinely advises and assists diverse businesses, firms, global financial institutions, international organisations and their respective boards, management and employee with establishing, maintaining and improving corporate and contractual standards and controls, identifying and mitigating their exposure to risk, achieving adherence to business ethics, conducting internal audits and investigations to review, evaluate and recommended remedial action in relation to misconduct, anti- corruption and bribery (including strategies for complying with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the United Kingdom Bribery Act requirements pertinent to doing business in Nigeria), collusion, money laundering, fraud, sexual offences, general corporate governance and leadership assessments.
Where required, the Compliance and Investigations team is able to work with local and international and multidisciplinary teams to conduct internal and regulator- driven investigations. The team also represents and defends the interests of multinationals and their senior- management and other staff in public inquiries and before law enforcement agencies including, among others, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the Nigerian Police, among others.