Investigate the professional histories and reputations of the top management of a crypto-currency company to determine the legitimacy of claims put forward by the company.


While crypto-currency blogs and forums asserted that it was impossible to find anything about the managers’ backgrounds, their career histories could in fact be pieced together with clues gathered from German and Chinese public records and media, archived corporate websites, and social media posts. Human intelligence operations were conducted in Europe and East Asia to fill in any gaps and gather reputational commentary, revealing both positive and potentially risk-relevant findings not previously reported, including new details about pressure from regulators.


On a project that required multiple changes in direction as new findings were revealed, Forward Risk’s flexible approach and frequent updates to the client were essential to ensuring that work stayed on track and the necessary facts were uncovered in a timely fashion.