Brendan Foo


Brendan M. Foo is a Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Forward Risk, and Partner at Avisa. He leads the firm’s corporate contest practice, working on the offense for activists as well as on the defense for companies and their legal counsel, to develop actionable intelligence in aid of their strategies. He has designed, managed, and executed dozens of investigative projects, helping clients to prevail in multiple high-stakes proxy battles.

Brendan has extensive experience in all the firm’s core practice areas, as well as significant international experience. He has lived, studied, and worked in several countries. He also speaks Chinese and has undertaken multifaceted investigations for clients doing business throughout the U.S. and Asia.

Prior to co-founding Forward Risk Brendan worked at a DC-based due diligence firm, where he established and led the Asia desk and headed its internal research operations in aid of initial public offerings and private equity due diligence. He previously worked as a journalist, and has a sophisticated understanding of international and regional political and security issues and their interactions with the private sector. He has also been involved with a number of international organizations, including the US-ASEAN Business Council and the World Policy Institute, and his writing has been published in the World Policy Journal.

Education & Certification

Fordham University, B.A., International Studies and Political Science, Summa Cum Laude
Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, M.S., Foreign Service, Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy
Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist
Certified Fraud Examiner

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