Our experienced investigators use overt and covert techniques to piece together complex patterns of activity. We look to shed light on past actions and associations. We examine motives, future intentions and capabilities in order to expose key facts. We have extensive experience in commercial and criminal cases, acting both offensively and defensively before and during claims as well as post awarded recovery.
We foster a creative and audacious approach, while ensuring our work is proportionate and respectful of the laws of the jurisdiction in which we operate. Our services include:
Locating and Investigating: We locate and monitor individuals of interest who may be seeking to flee arrest, evade litigation or steal assets, or who are of interest for more prosaic reasons. This area of the practice also operates in the planning and execution of complex process serving.
Intelligence: Identifying the modus operandi of a target or network is a critical part of any large investigation. The ability to predict the next move allows our clients to plan strategically.
Provision of Evidence: We acquire evidence in the form of affidavits, timelines and expert witness testimony.
Identifying and Profiling Witnesses: We identify, profile and cultivate potential sources; understanding their motivations and managing their evolution to becoming fully-fledged witnesses.
Asset Tracing and Mapping of Structures: We identify assets and prove their ownership and value, taking into account both jurisdictional enforcement and hidden ownership.
Covert Surveillance and Monitoring: Surveillance is deployed to locate individuals, map their activities and lifestyles, and identify their associates, co-conspirators, facilitators and assets.
We can work with your in-house team or external lawyers, and we can help you build a team based on the best fit for your case and jurisdiction.
We enable our clients to make informed decisions about the companies and people with whom they work. We focus on the people, their individual past performance, motivation, reputation and character. This is coupled with the culture, reputation and success of the business they have built or lead.
We advise globally on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, IPOs and new business partnerships. We offer specific FCPA or UK anti-bribery related programmes, including 3 phase global vendor screening.
Enhanced Due Diligence: Talking to people who best know the company or individual of interest, supported by desk-based research and analysis.
Standard Due Diligence: In-depth desk-based review of information that is often ‘hard to find’ but publicly available, coupled with regulatory checks to fit your jurisdictional and anti-bribery and corruption criteria.
Red Flag: Our clients are often looking at multiple targets, so an initial review can save time and money before conducting more detailed work. It can also give the opportunity to work through any problems with the target business at an early stage.
Whether the subject of interest is a company, management team, board member or third-party associate, Diligence ensures you have confidence in those with whom you go into business.
What are your competitors doing? What are others who could affect your interests thinking or saying about you? What do unfamiliar markets look like? What are governments and regulators planning? What is your risk of exposure to corruption or fraud?
Our Business Intelligence practice provides the predictive assessments and monitoring services that organisations and investors require to capture opportunities and avoid risk.
Competitive Analysis: Establish the capabilities, intentions and strategies of competitors.
Influence Mapping: Understand relationships, hierarchies and allegiances to inform and explain decision making.
Market Entry: When exploring new opportunities we act as your pathfinders in countries of interest, flagging up potential problems before your arrival.
Businesses operate in a constantly evolving marketplace. Having accurate information on what could impact the bottom line or a firm’s reputation can be the difference between success and failure, particularly in emerging markets with limited transparency.
Our recent study found one in four CVs are inaccurate with time gaps papered over and the reason for leaving a company often obscured. We separate the ‘white lies’ from the deceitful untruths, thus helping you avoid the lengthy, expensive and embarrassing consequences of a bad hire.
People are an organisation’s most important capital. They define an organisation’s reputation, the performance of funds, the value of assets, and compliance with regulatory frameworks.
To help our clients make the right hires, we provide:
Executive Profiling: Comprehensive and constructive reporting on a person’s qualified status, career track record and reputation.
Background Checks: Succinct yet reliable checks that are conducted by trained personnel, rather than an automated service.
Specialist Screening: Examine the integrity of candidates being considered for roles in specialist industries, or where a specific threat is prevalent.
We adopt an independent position in the hiring process. All our profiles can be completed with either a candidate’s cooperation or discretely.
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