Our forensic experts can help. Whether reacting to an incident (such as fraud or dispute) or offering proactive solutions (such as fraud prevention), our network of Forensic Services practices combines a global reach with dedicated local teams to support your business.
With the largest network of forensic services practices in the world, spanning 63 countries and employing over 1,400 specialists, PwC firms can draw on vast experience of dealing with difficult situations across a broad spectrum of industries in many jurisdictions. Our Czech Forensic Services practice is a part of the fast-growing Central and Eastern Europe forensic services team with approximately 50 professionals, including accountants, economists and IT experts as well as ex-regulators and law enforcement officers.
Our investigations team is ready to assist clients in the prevention, detection, investigation and remediation of fraud, financial crime and other irregularities including asset misappropriation, bribery and breaches of ethics. Our financial investigations specialists work with our experts in Forensic Technology Solutions to detect fraud, uncover the full extent of the losses, analyse evidence obtained and produce reports which can be used as evidence if appropriate. We also assist parties contemplating asset recovery actions.
We conduct reviews of internal fraud controls and corporate ethics programs for clients concerned about their potential exposure to fraud. We provide comprehensive and practical advice concerning all aspects of fraud risk management – from overall fraud risk assessment and testing of existing anti-fraud programs to design and implementation of new fraud-prevention systems.
Most businesses will face a dispute situation at some point – whether it is a dispute with a supplier, a customer, a regulator, or a whole range of related issues. We can assist you throughout the process, whether in an informal forum or in litigation, mediation or arbitration. We help clients at any stage of a dispute, for example by providing independent advice to those contemplating a dispute, by investigating and analysing evidence related to the dispute, providing expert witness reports or advising on dispute resolution.
Our experienced international arbitration team provides accounting, financial and economic consulting, as well as expert witness services, to parties in arbitration proceedings involving complex business disputes. We can help both clients and their legal advisors to investigate and understand the financial, economic and business consequences of a dispute, including breach of contract, acquisition disputes and claims under investment treaties.
We offer a range of services in connection with the acquisition and disposal of businesses, as well as disputes between shareholders and joint venture partners. We work with clients throughout a transaction process to minimise the risk of dispute and maximise the value from the deal. In instances where disputes cannot be avoided, our specialists help to secure the best result possible through the resolution process.
Our Transaction and Shareholder Disputes & Investigation services include:
With over 90% of all business records now created and stored electronically, the recovery and analysis of electronic data is an essential element in investigations and dispute resolution. PwC brings a highly professional, collaborative approach to our clients’ electronic document management needs. Using our cutting edge proprietary tools and state-of-the-art, secure forensic laboratories worldwide (including one in Prague), we can find, retrieve, preserve, analyse, and process vast amounts of electronic information in a legally robust and efficient manner.
Intellectual property rights, such as patents, copyright or design rights are often a company’s most valuable assets. We act as an independent expert witness for organisations involved in intellectual property disputes. This usually requires an assessment of the quantum of damages flowing from the infringement of intellectual property rights.
Our globally integrated network of dedicated licensing professionals can help companies optimise their revenues, capitalise on and protect their intellectual property. We have undertaken over a hundred royalty examinations on behalf of licensors in a number of industries across the world. In the overwhelming majority of the royalty examinations we have undertaken for our clients, we uncover underreported royalties due to clerical errors, accounting mistakes or contract interpretation issues.
Insurance of property, products, people and profits is a key component of corporate risk management. PwC provides policyholders and insurers with independent advice and assistance in managing claims and insurance risks. If you require a quantum expert, we can assist you. Our dedicated team can support you by helping to reduce disruption to your business, customers and management time when faced with a major incident.
Companies in the financial services sector in particular face significant reputation and regulatory risk should they be deemed to have inadequate arrangements in place to prevent money laundering. PwC assists with the development of compliant but cost-effective processes and controls to protect against the risk of financial crime, including fraud, money laundering and market abuse. We also assist clients where remediation is required by a Regulator.
Capital projects often represent a substantial investment of business resources. A significant number of these are not completed in accordance with their cost and time budgets or fail to deliver the required performance levels. Our industry professionals provide advice and assistance in order to mitigate the risks, develop the correct procurement and project management strategies, or to manage disputes if they arise. We are adept at understanding and documenting the technical issues that arise in capital projects disputes, and at substantiating the associated costs and damages.
The integrity of financial accounts is the subject of unparalleled scrutiny and public attention in the wake of some notable corporate scandals in recent years. European companies with a US listing are subject to regulation by the SEC and the US Department of Justice. In addition, these companies and their directors and officers are exposed to the risk of class action lawsuits where accounting misstatements or irregularities emerge. Our team specialises in assisting SEC listed companies and their subsidiaries by providing the expertise to manage and minimise securities litigation and regulatory compliance risks. Our forensic experts can help you with a range of issues including compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or Section 10A investigation.