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Investigation

Berlin Risk offers a portfolio of corporate intelligence solutions, which can be tailored precisely to meet the challenges of your project.

Decision-makers need to know as much as possible about the integrity of their partners, prospects and projects in order to navigate risks and achieve the best results. Our corporate investigation team gathers, scrutinises, deciphers and analyses information from all available public materials, but also from our discreet network of sources. In the case of fraud, misconduct or misappropriation of funds, Berlin Risk offers investigative support.

Corporate Investigation

Berlin Risk´s Corporate Investigations team assists clients in meeting strategic, compliance and corporate governance requirements, and helps them avoid costly reputational damage.

Our Due Diligence services provide you with key reputational and integrity intelligence to help you in your business decisions – such as a new market entry or a new partnership, a corporate bid or a merger, appointment of a new management team or an overhaul of an existing team.

Demanding regulation and far reaching anti-corruption and anti-money laundering legislation have increased the responsibility of companies to protect their institutions and their stakeholders from illegal activity and unethical business practices. Berlin Risk is increasingly contracted to carry out fraud and corruption prevention projects at a pre-transaction stage. This is especially crucial in emerging markets, where our Due Diligence expertise helps clients avoid the risks stemming from mismanagement, fraud, embezzlement, corruption and other financial crimes.

Berlin Risks also offers litigation and investigation support when incidents of fraud are uncovered or have been reported through whistle-blowing hotlines. We develop bespoke investigation strategies and conduct research, including on the ground investigations, to collect the facts.

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Case Study

A financial institution is seeking to invest in a high-risk jurisdiction and is considering a relationship with three companies.

The aim of the assignment is to assess the risks attached to the organisations including the financial crime and political risk exposure which might impact upon their reputation by association.

Research and enquiries, as well as a detailed analysis of the potential partners, was undertaken and a relationship chart outlining the ownership structures and relationships to politically exposed persons was prepared.

In addition, an assessment of the company’s overall reputation and standing, business practices, corporate governance standards, as well as the integrity of its management and shareholders, was undertaken.

Subsequently, a risk assessment using the Reputational Risk Meter was preprared for all three companies, on the basis of which, the Client could engage in a discussion of the risks identified and make a sound risk-based decision.

Fraud Investigation

Berlin Risk has conducted multiple financial crime and fraud investigations as well as forensic audits worldwide. Our investigations include incidents of corruption, money laundering, misappropriation of company funds, as well as investigations surrounding the violation of agreements, contract disputes, asset recovery, intellectual property violations and other regulatory issues.

Our certified fraud examiners, investigators and computer forensic experts investigate the situation with you and develop remediation measures. All investigations comply with local laws and regulations, and best practice standards form the basis of our work.

We fully understand the need for discretion and confidentiality and meet all security and data protection requirements when collecting, analysing and reporting on information.

Berlin Risk also provides advice on how organisations can improve their control frameworks and strengthen governance mechanisms. This includes the use of risk mitigation measures which are industry best practices.

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Case Study

Our client has identified large-scale misappropriation of company funds via a complex structure of corporations registered in a number of different jurisdictions. Senior executives appeared to be involved in the fraud.

Berlin Risk was engaged to undertake an internal investigation and external research in support of the internal audit function and legal counsel.

Following an extensive investigation, the client had developed a strong legal case against the subjects implicated in the illegal activity. Working together with computer forensic and data mining experts, key evidence was secured.

Finally, the client could also freeze a significant portion of the misappropriated funds. In order to improve the organisations resilience going forward, Berlin Risk assisted the client in undertaking a company-wide risk assessment following the incident and made recommendations as to how to improve the overall fraud risk management program in order to strengthen the company’s fraud prevention and detection control activities.

Due Diligence

Our due diligence practice includes integrity due diligence, sanctions and ESG due diligence. We help you meet regulatory requirements.

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Advisory

Businesses operating internationally must be in the position to understand and assess political and regulatory risks at the national and sector levels in the regions in which they operate.

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