Information is power. Our award-winning intelligence and investigations team is different. We push boundaries, using innovative ethical techniques to find the valuable information you need – fast.
We are a team of intelligence professionals drawn from investigative journalism, British military intelligence, and international investigations consultancies. We provide an invaluable resource – providing tailored support for legal strategies and sourcing vital evidence.
With over a decade of experience providing intelligence within one of the sharpest legal firms in the sector, we work fast to get to the root of the problem.
We operate transparently and ethically, combining cutting edge techniques and lateral thinking to collect and analyse information. We believe knowledge is power, whether that’s understanding how to improve your privacy, seeking out and correcting false information about your company, understanding an opponent better or sourcing crucial, legally admissible evidence.
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Reverse due diligence
Flawed flags – truth is power
Sometimes something apparently insignificant can have a big impact behind the scenes.
This was the case when the owner of a successful oil trading company came to us to uncover why he was struggling to secure financing from London banks, despite owning a healthy international business. Our client, based in Switzerland, had held several meetings with relationship managers who were keen to do business – only to be told they could not help him because of “compliance issues”.
At the time, our client was working to acquire an interest in an oil refinery in Ukraine – a deal that was politically sensitive. The issues around this led to some unfavourable blogs and social media content being written about him in the country. He suspected this could be the issue.
What we did
As knowledge is power, we undertook reverse due diligence through open source intelligence, to provide our client with a full brief of the issues banks were likely to find. The search revealed a number of untruths, including an unfavourable article in a Ukrainian newspaper.
Our legal team advised on legal action to take against publishers, while we engaged directly with compliance databases to correct their entries. In tandem, we implemented an online reputation strategy to correct the narrative for our client.
Finally, we created a comprehensive rebuttal pack for the client – addressing the full scope of negative and false allegations online, together with an independently verifiable source of wealth narrative.
Our client was able to move past the issue and secure financing from a UK bank. He is also viewed as open and transparent with his wealth, which banks and other institutions tell us will usually stand clients in a good position for further discussion, rather than immediately raising a red flag.
Our interdisciplinary global partners are committed to fighting falsehoods and protecting privacy.
We are the only business in the world to deploy – under one roof – media experts, data protection lawyers, litigators, experts from military intelligence, investigative journalists, international investigators, cyber security specialists, digital forensic experts and senior people from the military, police and government.
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