Internal & External Investigations

No matter how hard you might try to prevent it, corporate crime is an equal-opportunity threat that can strike any entity. Be ready.

Whether the investigation is internal or in response to an enforcement action or litigation, the thoroughness and quality of your investigation will affect everything that happens next.

The PwC Investigations & Forensic teams combine our investigative experience and advanced technology with industry and regulatory knowledge to assist clients and their counsel during investigations to help create and execute on the investigative strategy and identify remediation plans. We strive to advise and assist clients to tailor investigative/forensic responses to each specific minor or major business threat to balance good corporate governance with risks or delays in operations due to the matter.

We understand the importance of reacting quickly and confidently to a crisis situation. We appreciate the need to understand the facts around allegations and potential wrong-doings in an effort to safeguard your company's assets and reputation, prevent recurrences, and arrive at a resolution with as little disruption as possible to your business.

We are equipped to assist you with a broad range of investigatory matters, including but not limited to:

39% of respondents experienced fraud, corruption, or other economic/financial crime in the past 24 months at a global level.

PwC’s Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey 2022
  • Fraud
  • Employee misconduct
  • Anti-bribery and anti-corruption
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Competition / antitrust
  • Financial restatements
  • Trade sanctions
  • Law enforcement & regulatory inquiries
  • Environmental, social, & governance (“ESG”)
  • Responsible artificial intelligence
  • Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs”) related matters
  • Supply chain fraud / counterfeits
  • Global Regulatory Enforcement matters
  • Higher Education Financial Fraud 
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Blockchain
  • HR Investigations

PwC’s Investigations & Forensics offers:

Multidisciplinary Team

Our professionals include skilled forensic investigators, technologists and former law enforcement officials with extensive global experience managing high profile investigations, both in the public and private sectors, from agencies including the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, FBI, Secret Service, IRS, DOJ, and many more.

Speed of Response

Our dedicated US team with typical response time of minutes/hours can help you determine facts quickly and accurately.

Global reach with a local team

Our Global Investigations & Forensics network includes 3,600 professionals in 140 cities, across 74 countries. PwC’s mature network extends into every corner of the globe, creating a specialized capability across all regions and allowing us to seamlessly work across borders and communicate in many languages.

Technology Experts

Utilizing leading technology and our world-wide forensic laboratories, our forensic technologists that have a deep familiarity with data privacy and protection issues, can efficiently find, retrieve, preserve, analyze, and process a wide array of electronic information for computer forensics and cyber-crime investigations.

E Discovery Expertise

We serve as trusted advisors for electronic discovery requests in connection with high-stakes litigation and investigations. We follow strict chain of custody procedures. And our capabilities span strategic advisory, global data collection, processing, review and production, and project management.

Benefit from an on-call investigations arrangement with PwC

We have experience in designing and building an efficient, co-sourced investigative function and have identified a number of requirements that are critical to the success and quality of an investigative partnership model.


Benefits include:

  • Augment your existing investigations capabilities on an as-needed basis
  • Leverage PwC’s global network of 3,600 professionals, who are ready to respond to a range of different issues at a moment’s notice
  • Access our full suite of tech-enabled solutions delivered via our forensics labs and technologists around the world
  • Receive e-discovery expertise, strategic advisory, as well as global data collection, processing, review and production
  • Draw upon our corporate intelligence capability with an international network of sources and insiders that provide critical intelligence

PwC's Investigations Framework

Have you assessed your investigations function to ensure it’s doing what it needs to do effectively? Is it aligned to your risk profile? Is it demonstrating positive ethical culture, compliance with laws and regulations and good corporate citizenship?

Our investigations framework identifies gaps between your current and preferred state—and helps you develop action items to address them. We can help you:

  • Get a proactive assessment with actionable information to drive decisions

  • Leverage cutting-edge, technology-enabled solutions

  • Benchmark vs. leading practices and peers

  • Focus human and financial resources so you can achieve effective results

Contact us

Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy

Partner, Global Investigations & Forensics Leader, PwC US