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Business Intelligence Services

The Business Intelligence Services practice at Deloitte consists of highly trained investigators and intelligence specialists with extensive experience in due diligence, litigation support, fraud and other investigations. Working with other member firms of the DTTL network, we can gather background information and business intelligence virtually anywhere in the world in a timely and cost-effective manner, including those jurisdictions where public records are sparse. Businesses considering mergers, acquisitions, strategic relationships or investments need accurate information about entities and their executives and the potential risks that they may present. We provide corporations, investment funds, trustees, financial services institutions and law firms with comprehensive reporting tailored to meet their specific requests and requirements, while maintaining a high degree of confidentiality and discretion.

On each assignment, our professionals uncover, analyse and report relevant information to help clients make informed decisions.

If fraud is suspected, companies often require in-depth background investigations to unravel the problem. Our team performs background investigations of parties suspected of wrongdoing, searches for conflicts of interest and undisclosed business affiliations, or investigates whether parties are living beyond their means. We seek to uncover direct and circumstantial evidence of fraud, as well as any prior financial, legal, regulatory or criminal problems, or links to organized crime.

When appropriate, we utilise relationship analysis software to demonstrate visually the relationships between subject individuals and entities, or the flow of misappropriated funds. Our professionals are also skilled in performing sophisticated online research and intelligence gathering, and can obtain open source and actionable intelligence from websites, the deep web, news feeds & blogs and social media. Our data analytic resources also enable us to capture and analyse real time online information, and to provide visual analysis of complex and dynamic information.

Typically, we are engaged by our clients to carry out enquiries and focus on issues in the following areas:

  • The target’s business history, activities and reputation
  • The track record and background of its principals
  • The source of its initial capital
  • Its transaction history
  • The award and maintenance of necessary governmental licenses and contracts
  • The use (and misuse) of political influence
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Where relevant, links to serious or organized crime
  • The identification of assets held by a company or individual
  • The identification and analysis of potentially conflicting commercial interests
  • Gaining thorough understanding of the commercial modus operandi of an individual company

As part of our litigation support services, we can also assist clients by investigating opposing parties and their experts, help find facts relevant to claims and defences, and identify and locate witnesses. We can assist in focusing or expanding the scope of the litigation as new critical information is developed.