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Enhanced Due Diligence

Leading the way in due diligence

Giving our clients the confidence to work with new partners in any market.
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We conduct enhanced due diligence for clients across multiple sectors to help mitigate risks from new commercial relationships and to inform their strategic decision-making.

Clients turn to us when they need independent investigation and thorough analysis of the reputational and regulatory risks associated with their business partners.

We provide clients with the information they need to make key commercial decisions. Our in-house specialists often have expert due diligence backgrounds, and an excellent working knowledge of FCPA compliance, UK Bribery Act compliance and other national counter-bribery legislation. Endorsed with top rankings in Chambers Litigation Support Guide 2020.

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Clients who partner with us benefit from our:

  • Outstanding expertise – We have one of the largest, most experienced and best-trained enhanced due diligence teams in the world.
  • Global reach – Our multi-lingual teams have conducted assignments on more than 10,000 subjects in over 150 countries, and we’re committed to maintaining and constantly evolving our global network.
  • Flexible approach – Our service is flexible and can apply different levels of scrutiny to the subjects of our assignments, according to client needs and the nature of the project.


Key features of our enhanced due diligence service include:

  • Vendor due diligence and M&A due diligence on new commercial relationships, JV partners, acquisition targets, agents and distributors
  • Compliance due diligence – e.g., FCPA compliance, UK Bribery Act compliance and other national counter-bribery legislation
  • Compliance with the OFAC and other sanction controls
  • Due diligence investigation on third-party suppliers, agents or distributors
  • In-depth investigations ahead of mergers, acquisitions and joint venture formation
  • Pre-IPO background checks
  • Research into recipients of proposed equity investments or loans
  • Enhanced due diligence during the client on-boarding process
  • Help with document review, risk rating, and programme audit
  • Training for in-house due diligence staff
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Reconstructing bribery allegations

A Risk Advisory client was in negotiations to acquire a rival healthcare business, which relied on a third party sales agent model. Concerned by potential successor liability risks, our client tasked us to investigate its rival's agents to help its integrity due diligence endeavours.

On the back of that brief, we reconstructed the background and track record of each agent, relying on a range of data sources, as well as insights from our own human intelligence network. We looked specifically at how and where the agents made use of political relationships, gifts and hospitality, to see whether corrupt practices were part of their modus operandi. Ten had a track record of making sales to state-run healthcare bodies with the aid of high-level political connections. In four cases, we heard credible claims of bribery from contacts of ours who had witnessed first-hand the sales agents at work.

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Unravelling beneficial ownership

Our client discovered that the ownership of its main distributor in Kazakhstan had changed: several new Cypriot-registered entities were now involved. By talking to senior figures in the Kazakh power industry and contacts close to law enforcement there, we helped our client to identify their beneficial owners.

Behind the scenes, Risk Advisory scrutinised company records and hundreds of other data points to see if any of the new shareholders had connections to other companies in the former Soviet Union. It turned out that they did, and we were able to confirm that the new shareholders were linked to senior managers of one of Kazakhstan’s largest, partially state-owned gas producers.

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