Investigative Due Diligence

Enhanced and Extensive Investigations

Forward Risk offers a suite of cost-effective due diligence services to clients engaging in transactions or contemplating new relationships or initiatives, from red-flag reports to deep-dive investigations of backgrounds, affiliations, relationships, and reputations.

We help clients stay compliant with anti-bribery and corruption and anti-money laundering legislation, including:

  • the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • the UK Bribery Act (UKBA)
  • the USA Patriot Act
  • the Bank Secrecy Act
  • US and international sanctions

We offer enhanced due diligence for investments, mergers, acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOs), and other significant transactions and events. We also have extensive experience assisting activist investors, target companies, and outside counsel in corporate contests.

Global Research Capabilities

We combine global research reach with analytical rigor, supported by in-house language capabilities, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

How We Research

Our research includes thorough examination of news and social media in both open sources and proprietary databases; civil and criminal litigation filings; regulatory and sanctions sources that include best-in-class global watchlists and databases; property records; and other relevant public records in English and local languages.

We dig deeply and tenaciously, and exercise a high level of care when it comes to former names, name variations, and aliases, and filtering false positive results. In addition to identifying risks associated with individuals and entities, we contextualize them and illuminate their relevance in a clear and concise fashion.

We Investigate and Analyze:

  • Professional and educational history
  • Corporate, partnership, and other business records
  • Civil and criminal litigation
  • Judgments, liens, bankruptcies, and other debt and insolvency-related matters
  • Regulatory history, sanctions, and violations
  • Property and other asset-related records
  • Corporate governance history and issues
  • Self-dealing and conflicts of interest
  • Business acumen, success, and failure
  • Political relations, including campaign contributions and lobbyist registrations

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To find out more about how Forward Risk can help you, please contact us.