We fill critical information gaps to help companies and investors capitalise on opportunities, manage risks and make confident decisions

What we do

  • Enhanced Due Diligence

    + M&A support + Regulatory risks + Vetting new & existing JV partners, counterparties & employees

  • Reputation & Crisis Management

    + Media monitoring + Digital footprint & profile management + Intelligence support + Investigation into counterparties

  • Investigations, Litigation Support & Asset Tracing

    + Asset profiling + Intelligence & evidence gathering + Internal investigations + Witness development

  • Commercial Intelligence

    + Sector analysis + Stakeholder & competitor mapping + Intelligence on bidding dynamics

  • Strategic Intelligence

    + Market entry / exit + Political analysis + Government relations & advocacy

Who we work for

  • Corporates

    + Fortune Global 500, FTSE, DAX, CAC 40, TSX, Hang Seng companies

    + Board, C-suite, M&A, GC & compliance heads

  • Financial Services

    + Sovereign Wealth & Pension Funds

    + Global banks

    + Hedge funds

    + Private equity

  • Law Firms

    + Global law firms

    + Specialist Litigation & Arbitration firms

    + Chambers and Legal 500 firms

Key Facts

  • Core focus on human source intelligence from global network

  • Strictest legal and compliance standards

  • Experienced team drawn from intelligence, diplomacy, finance, law and law enforcement

  • Employee owned company underscoring a personal focus on service delivery

  • Flexible approach to service delivery based on client commercial need

  • Intelligence gathering managed directly by senior in-house team

  • Client base of global law firms, corporates and financial institutions

  • Long-established 16 year-old business

Regional Heads

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    Clive Newell

    Head of Middle East & North Africa
    1. 35-year career in the UK Foreign Service
    2. Postings in Iran, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Turkey, Russia and Canada
    3. Speaks French, Russian, Farsi and Turkish
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    Emily Evans

    1. Previously with FCO Amman, Jordan
    2. Speaks Arabic and French
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    Nick Ogle

    Head of Americas
    1. 11 years as a specialist investigator with Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise and the UK’s National Crime Agency
    2. Postings in Afghanistan and Spain
    3. Lived in the Middle East for 6 years and maintains an extensive network
  • head-member

    James Harris

    Latin America
    1. Focus on complex due diligence investigations
    2. Previous career in Business Intelligence
    3. Speaks Spanish and Portuguese
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    Tom Russell

    Head of Europe
    1. 20 years’ experience managing complex investigations
    2. Led KPMG Forensic Corporate Intelligence team
    3. Fluent in French and German
  • head-member

    Stratos Karkasidis

    Eastern and Southern Europe
    1. 5 years’ experience in financial services sector with a proven background in intelligence gathering and reporting
    2. Based in Poland and Greece, maintains extensive network in Southern and Eastern Europe
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    Darcie Allen

    Head of Sub-Saharan Africa
    1. Full career in business intelligence focusing exclusively in Africa
    2. Maintains wide-ranging network throughout Africa, particularly in Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda
  • head-member

    Mike Regan

    1. Former UK Foreign Service
    2. UK Foreign Service for 27 years, preceded by military service and work in City of London
    3. Expertise Africa, Middle East and South Asia
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    Dr August Hanning

    Head of Russia & CIS
    1. Former Head of German Intelligence Services (BND)
    2. Former Secretary of State for Germany’s Interior Ministry
    3. Expertise in the Middle East, Russia and CIS
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    Rupert Benzecry

    Russia & CIS
    1. Analyst and investigator specialising in Russia and CIS
    2. Ex Herbert Smith Freehills and was a qualified solicitor
    3. Proficient in Russian, Spanish and Serbo-Croat
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    Mike Swaine

    Head of Asia-Pacific
    1. 2 years working for the British Embassy in Beijing
    2. Maintains extensive network across China and South-East Asia
    3. Fluent in Mandarin
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    Aakash Brahmachari

    Subcontinental Asia
    1. Career in Asian intelligence
    2. Extensive network in South Asia having worked there for 9 years
    3. Fluent in Hindi and Bengali

Product Heads

  • head-member

    Nick Alcock

    1. 13 years in the UK Foreign Service
    2. Regional expertise: Middle East
    3. 8 years at Barings Bank, advising clients on mergers and acquisitions and equity capital raising
    4. Speaks Arabic
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    Michael Bevan

    1. 20-year career in Finance
    2. Regional expertise: Asia & Middle East
    3. Focus on buy-side clients - private and public
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    Tom Russell

    Head of Commercial Intelligence
    1. 20 years’ experience managing complex investigations
    2. Led KPMG Forensic Corporate Intelligence team
    3. Fluent in French and German

Senior Advisers

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    Jacques Battistella

    Former Chairman of Compagnie Industrielle de Lasers (CILAS)


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    Max Baucus

    Former United States Ambassador to China and member of CIA advisory panel


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    Tim Clark

    Former Senior Partner of Slaughter and May


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    Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros

    High Commissionner of the Spain Brand and Vice President of Inditex


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    Hans de Gier

    Former Chairman of GAM Holding