Corporate Intelligence and Investigations

We help identify fraudulent practices to prevent significant financial & reputational loss

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The risk posed to the financial and reputational health of your company as a result of fraud, bribery and corruption can be significant. 

Octopus are leaders in Corporate Investigations to prevent and detect financial and reputational damage

The truth can be hard to find. Some swear black is white. Others spin silk into gold. Everywhere there are hidden obstacles that prevent you from seeing the real picture. Bad apples need to be removed and protected against; even if you think you have a robust framework, there are still likely to be significant vulnerabilities. 

Haemorrhaging money and not knowing where from or why is an all too familiar story. Proactive prevention and eliminating financial leaks is a far easier, cost-effective and beneficial way to improve cash flow than struggling to increase revenue or productivity.

We have an excellent global track record with:

Proactive prevention investigation work

We unearth admissible evidence by speaking to the people who know what has happened and produce information on both the background and context of the dispute to help you present an effective case. We help you see the real picture and getting to the bottom of problems associated with:

  • Financial leaks
  • Fraud
  • Unexplained issues 
  • Corruption and bribery
  • Business disputes
  • Identify, reduce operational and reputational risk

Who are you going to deal with?

Before any business decision and investment, we are able to dig around key players background. With our Corporate Investigations we find the skeletons before they are moved into your closet. You need the full picture before you can make the right decision associated with:

  • Commercial opportunities
  • Investments
  • Background checking and Due Diligence

Fraud

We have significant experience working worldwide in 5 continents and countless countries, providing fraud consultancy to:

  • Governments
  • State-owned companies
  • Top 10 Accountancy firms
  • Legal firms and 
  • Multinational Corporations and many others

Investigations to prevent further financial and reputational damage

We keep you on the front foot by avoiding nasty surprises. Before it is too late, we will help you understand what’s happening and reveal what you could get yourself into. So you are forewarned, able to take precautions and sort things out should the sticky stuff hit the fan.

We are here for you to eliminate corrosive elements within your organisation and avoid commercial scandal and damage to reputation.

Specialist investigative services

Specialist investigative services conducted by a vastly experienced team with police, military, counter-terrorism, fraud, economic crime, legal, insolvency and accountancy backgrounds and training.

Operatives with SC Level Security Clearance or higher and LLB, LLM, MA, BA, ACFS, ACFT CFPAB Accreditations and more. 

Corporate Investigations

Methods and services Octopus can provide include:

  • Economic crime investigations
  • Counter fraud and fraud prevention
  • Money laundering and asset tracing investigations
  • Forensic financial investigations
  • Surveillance and reconnaissance
  • Cyber and cryptocurrency investigations
  • International legal advisory
  • Forensic accounting services
  • Commercial dispute resolution & international arbitration
  • Expert report and testimony for Court
  • Statement taking 
  • Surveillance
  • Asset tracing
  • Witness interviewing
  • Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)
  • Know Your Customer (KYC) exposure

To achieve a successful and just outcome, any complex legal dispute – whether litigation or arbitration – needs intelligence and professional Corporate Investigations skills at its heart.

It’s not just a database search and off you go happy. We try to understand the behavioural characteristics of individual decision-makers. And, most cases certain character idiosyncrasies do leave a footprint.

We go beyond box-ticking and spreadsheet diligence. high-quality research backed up with access to local databases, leaks and also, can offer boots on the ground investigations and site visits.

Gaps in information can hinder justice. Also, we unearth evidence by speaking to the people who know what has happened, and produce information on both the background and context of the dispute or activities to help you present an effective case.

Law firms, litigators and investors

We are also able to arm law firms, litigators and investors with independent, timely diligence and asset tracing to help win disputes, litigation and wrong doings. And having the diligence in your hand before you make is decision or go into a negotiation is extremely powerful.

Diligence ranges from finance checks, online address confirmation, reference checks, confirmation of current company structure, shareholding and fiduciary performance, as well as past appointments. Then there is access to a multilingual research team and databases, social media monitoring, OSINT research, tracking sources like former colleagues and business partners.

We go deeper with Corporate Investigations

We can do deeper with many other actions such as interviewing the target person or organisation. Physical confirmation of the targets home address and location of former employers. And, in-country human sources who know the market and political and social environment. Complete Public Domain research. Confidential interviews with informed specialists in target jurisdictions. Analysis to help contextualise, corroborate or refute information in the public domain

We go beyond box ticking and spreadsheet diligence

We go beyond box ticking and spreadsheet diligence high quality research backed up with access to local databases, leaks and also, can offer boots on the ground investigations and site visits. Gaps in information can hinder justice. Also, we unearth evidence by speaking to the people who know what has happened, and produce information on both the background and context of the dispute to help you present an effective case.

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