To the benefit of corporate clients, we deliver the following services:
Reputational Due Diligence
Your firm needs to inquire discreetly about the background, reputation, integrity and track record of a prospective business partner before completing an acquisition, investment, joint venture or commercial agreement.
- A Switzerland-based financial services company was in the process of making an acquisition in Russia. Before completing the transaction, the client decided to undertake a discreet research into the background and network of the target company’s founder. The purpose was to confirm or deny his alleged links to local law enforcement and intelligence officers.
Assistance to litigation
Your firm needs to collect substantiated information or evidence which will help win court proceedings, arbitration proceedings, or gain leverage in negotiations.
- A Swiss biotech company wished to break a contract with an Asian distributor before its normal termination. Indeed, this distributor had placed itself in a situation of conflict of interest by also distributing competitors’ products. The distribution contract provided for heavy penalties in case of early termination. Therefore, in order to terminate the contract immediately while avoiding paying penalties, the biotech company asked to collect evidence of the conflict of interests in order to leverage this information in court.
In the context of court proceedings or as a consequence of a favorable judgment, your firm needs to locate assets controlled by the opposite party and confirm the regime of ownership of those assets.
- An industrial company was owed several Million CHF by a defaulting client in a foreign country. Before embarking on costly and lengthy legal proceedings, the industrial company launched an asset search investigation in order to assess whether the debtor was solvent enough for the lawsuit to be worthwhile.
Your firm needs to trace samples of counterfeit goods, locate selling points worldwide, identify distribution channels and production facilities as well as their respective beneficial owners.
- A manufacturer of medical devices had heard reports of counterfeit versions of its products being shipped through Dubai. The manufacturer decided to initiate an investigation using Dubai as a starting point. The purpose was to identify the upstream entities involved in the operation (design, production) as well as the downstream players (distribution), in order to prepare for legal action.
Your company needs to initiate a discreet review of rumors of internal fraud, or collect evidence with regard to a fraud that has already come to light.
- A mid-size pharmaceutical company was concerned with allegations of fraud in one of its Eastern European subsidiaries. Indeed, the country manager was rumored to be in a position of serious conflict of interest. He reportedly owned undisclosed interests, through a third party, into a professional service firm to which substantial contracts were granted by himself in the name of his employer. The senior management of the pharmaceutical company wished to collect substantiated evidence on the fraud mechanism in order to dismiss the country manager without paying any compensation package, and restart operations anew.
Your company intends to uncover or confirm the prospective strategy, projects and business model of its key competitors.
- A pharmaceutical company was concerned with a new market entrant likely to go to market before them in the field of diabetes 2. The new entrant was said to be one year ahead in terms of development of the new product. The pharmaceutical company wished to anticipate the exact launch schedule of the competing product, determine the channels used for the recruitment of patients for Phase 3 clinical trials, and identify the opinion leaders mandated by the competitor.
Before entering a new market, your company intends to collect first-hand information on the implicit rules and actual functioning of the local marketplace: what mistakes should be avoided, what kind of local assistance by “facilitators” is required, how to prevent corruption, etc.
- A Switzerland-based insurance company was seeking to obtain an insurance license in China and was recommended to use the services of a local politician in order to accelerate the delivery of the license. Before committing to a contract with this lobbyist, the insurance company wished to make sure that this approach was the most effective one and did not carry any hidden risks, including reputational risks.
Pre-employment background screening
Before deciding on a senior recruitment, your company needs to make sure that the applicant’s résumé is accurate and that his professional integrity is beyond reproach.
- A manufacturing company was at the point of hiring several key managers for its newly established Russian operations. Before completing the selection process, the client wished to make sure that the candidates had disclosed all relevant information and were not associated with any past criminal activities, or linked to any undisclosed business interests.