We help businesses, brands, multinationals, law firms, financial institutions, investors, and family offices keep an eye on competitors and those wanting and receiving investment. 

The truth can be hard to find. Some swear black is white. Others spin silk into gold. Everywhere, hidden obstacles prevent you from seeing the real picture. 

To assist, our people-powered investigations involve attention to detail, rigour, the ability to own a brief, and doing what it takes to find the most relevant information. All are supported by powerful technology. Our clients come to us when: 

  • Looking at a new business relationship or commercial opportunity
  • In a situation or part of the world where there is the potential for some kind of risk – be it political, reputational, regulatory, commercial or investment opportunities
  • When they need our support in their own internal inquiries or external dispute
  • They need corroboration and insight into unknown territory or business opportunities
  • Prevent and detect financial and reputational damage
  • Support their portfolio companies in the drive for greater returns & competitive advantage
  • Proactive prevention and eliminating financial leaks is far easier and more cost-effective
  • Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)
  • Know Your Customer (KYC) exposure

They want to see the big picture and understand the problems associated with financial leaks, fraud, threats, and business disputes.

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

  • Dig around key players’ backgrounds
  • Find the skeletons before they are moved into your closet
  • Help identify fraudulent practices to prevent significant Financial & reputational loss
  • Keep you on the front foot by avoiding nasty surprises.
  • Help you understand what’s happening and 
  • Reveal what you could get yourself into

We go beyond box-ticking and spreadsheet diligence; high-quality research backed up with access to local databases and leaks—best-in-class OSINT and software solutions.

We can also offer boots-on-the-ground investigations and site visits. Go on the offensive with our actionable intelligence to disrupt your competitors’ and adversaries’ operations. We target their vulnerabilities, habits, and strengths. Our cutting-edge, discreet techniques and technologies create valuable and actionable insights.

In the cutthroat world of business, intelligence can be a game-changer. But what if we told you that intelligence is being used against you right now? It’s time to level the playing field and understand how your competitors leverage intelligence techniques. 

With Octopus’s comprehensive counterintelligence investigations, we demystify, defend, and even turn the tables, ensuring your organisation has the knowledge and tools to thrive. Are you aware of how your competitors gather information about your organisation? Our counterintelligence investigations shed light on their methods to collect valuable insights.

Here’s a structured breakdown of some of the core services provided under the umbrella of Corporate Investigations

  • Comprehensive Surveillance: Global monitoring of potential investment risks and competitive activities.
  • Risk and Opportunity Analysis: involves identifying and analysing the commercial, regulatory, and reputational risks associated with new markets or relationships.
  • Deep-Dive Investigations: Detailed assessments to uncover hidden truths and clarify complexities in disputes or threats.
  • Prevent Financial Loss: Proactively detect and mitigate vulnerabilities to support stability and growth.
  • Strategic Operations and Security Centers: From physical security operations centres (PSOC) to virtual security operations centres (VSOC), security measures are integrated within corporate frameworks.
  • Enhanced Real-Time Response: Developing capabilities for immediate reaction and decision-making in security operations.
  • Defensive Intelligence Strategies: Protecting against espionage and insider threats through comprehensive counterintelligence measures.
  • Security Vulnerability Assessments: Identifying and mitigating risks to prevent unauthorised information access and corporate espionage. Beyond cyber.
  • Misinformation Management: Employing strategies to confuse and mislead competitors using disinformation techniques to safeguard sensitive information.
  • Climate Risk Intelligence: Evaluations of environmental factors impacting security.
  • Prevention of Financial and Reputational Damage: Includes measures against money laundering and corruption.
  • Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG): Insight and compliance support regarding ESG factors.
  • Counter-Terror Financing and Illicit Financial Flows (IFF): Strategies to mitigate risks related to terrorism financing and other financial crimes.
  • Advanced KYC and Customer Due Diligence: Beyond standard practices to enhance understanding and trust in business relationships.
  • Innovative Compliance Solutions: Leveraging technology and advanced processes to maintain and exceed regulatory standards.
  • Global Regulatory Knowledge: Expertise in navigating complex international financial regulations for comprehensive compliance support.
  • Reputational Damage Control: Preventive and corrective solutions to protect and rehabilitate business reputation.
  • Closing off leaks within your organisation: Identify and address internal vulnerabilities compromising your security and information confidentiality.
  • Protecting valuable insider information: Safeguard your financial data, business plans, and trade secrets from unauthorised access and exploitation.
  • Ethical due diligence: Conduct these investigations in full compliance with legal and moral codes, ensuring your actions are aligned with ethical standards.

These services collectively aim to equip businesses with the tools and insights to navigate complex commercial landscapes securely and successfully, maintaining operational integrity and competitive edge.

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