CEECG has become the regional due diligence investigator of choice for a number of leading international companies, including many large institutional investors and private equity companies.
Due diligence investigations aim to provide the client with in-depth profiles of companies and individuals with whom the client may be considering a business relationship. This covers, for example: potential suppliers, agents, joint-venture partners, local representatives and acquisition or investment targets.
We provide information on companies:
- Corporate record retrieval and analysis
- Confirmation of physical presence of registered offices, branches and subsidiaries
- Litigation and legal profile
- Solvency and credit profile
- Internet profile analysis
- Regulatory and licencing checks
- General reputational enquiries
- Background checks on key individuals
Such assignments comprise a combination of extensive multi-language open source research and discreet human source enquiries.
The open source research component of such assignments covers, where legally permissible and available: identification of personal details, corporate record checks, international and local media and Internet analysis, litigation checks, credit reference research, regulatory checks and global sanctions checks. In some cases, site visits will be conducted to the offices of companies of interest, both to verify their physical presence and to determine whether they appear to actually be staffed, rather than being merely ‘brass plate’ companies.
The human source component of a due diligence investigation comprises discreet enquiries with well-placed human sources who are in a position to comment authoritatively on the investigative target in question. These individuals often include former colleagues or business partners, competitors, industry observers and analysts, as well as any other individual who is identified is being in a position to provide information that is likely to add value to the client.
In particular, CEECG focuses on determining whether there are any ‘red flags’ in connection with the investigative target that might present an issue of concern for a potential business partner, or that might present a reputational risk to the client. Such ‘red flags’ include allegations of bribery or corruption, links to organised criminal groups, conflicts of interest, compliance issues and financial mismanagement.