Analysis

Jul
2016
Fraud is alive and kicking.

Fraud is alive and kicking. It exists in every industry.  Alongside the emergence and threat of cyber-crime, it is extremely alarming.

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May
2016
Why is Cyber Security important?

Cyber security – defined as the protection of systems, networks and data in cyberspace – is a critical issue for all businesses. Cyber security will only become more significant as more devices become connected to the internet and control of these devices is lost. Cristina Pesaresi, Investigations Analyst at TenIntelligence reports on this emerging threat...

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Apr
2016
Assisting Nominated Advisers to achieve their AIM

The AIM Rules for Nomads clearly sets out the minimum due diligence obligations and requirements of Nomads when considering the suitability of companies and any reputational risks.  Sonel Martin explains...

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Jun
2014
Hedge Funds & Financial Services: Background Checks

There are many reasons to conduct investigative due diligence and background checks: These are just some - can you add any more?

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Oct
2013
How to obtain Confidential Information through the Courts

As identified in our recent analysis regarding "blagging", there are ways for professional investigators to obtain some confidential information lawfully. In this article, Will Christopher and Mehmet Karagoz at Pinsent Masons, explore using court orders to legally obtain information and documentation which would not otherwise be available.

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Oct
2013
Protecting Your Brand: A Focus on China

Many companies outsource their manufacturing process to cheaper third parties; but is protecting the brand, product and reputation ever considered? Do you really know who your third parties are?

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Sep
2013
The London Stock Exchange outlines AIM due diligence requirements

The Nominated Advisor's (Nomad) judgement regarding the appropriateness of a company for the UK's Alternative Investment Market has a crucial role to play in maintaining the quality of the market. Due diligence on directors applied by a Nomad in assessing such information is vital.  Read the LSE guidance here.

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May
2013
Finding the truth...

The detection of corporate fraud usually arises from an internal audit finding, anonymous tip off, suspicion, complaint, whistle-blower or allegation.  Suspicions of fraud are normally well founded, irrespective of the source.

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May
2013
Blagging for Information: Right or Wrong?

Over the last few years the phenomenon, known as “blagging”, has been prevalent in the media.  Reports were dominated by phone hacking scandals, which also highlighted the illicit investigation methods and tactics used by private investigators, and more recently, the Australian radio station prank that had unforeseen, yet terrible repercussions. 

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May
2013
Performing Due Diligence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Contrary to general perception, conducting due diligence investigations in the UAE is actually allowed.  The UAE has no legislation that prohibits companies performing background checks, executive screening or due diligence into individuals or companies as long as you adhere to the UAE’s Federal and local laws that govern privacy. 

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