Investors have seen increasing opportunities to achieve growth through acquisition or investment deals in jurisdictions around the world, particularly in emerging markets. While these opportunities can be extremely lucrative, they can also result in clients entering into business relationships and new markets, which give rise to risks. If these are not identified and addressed prior to completion of a transaction or the commencement of a business relationship, they can result in financial loss, reputational damage, and regulatory/criminal sanction.
In recent years these risks have been compounded by an increase in regulation and legislation, requiring companies to better understand the entities and individuals with which they are doing business. Additionally, the increasing focus on corruption by Western law enforcement and regulatory authorities has created a compelling need for clients to exercise caution when operating or dealing with third parties from outside their home jurisdiction.
With centres of excellence in London, New York, and Hong Kong, and teams in key locations around the world, BIS comprises a network of over 70 professionals who together are fluent in over 30 languages and have significant experience in gathering information for clients – including multinational corporations, investment banks, private equity houses and funding agencies.
Our work is conducted to a proven methodology, under the strictest confidentiality and within the laws of the countries in which we conduct our work. Our specialist team has significant expertise in gathering information and intelligence across a wide range of sectors and typically assists our clients in the following areas: