Corporate Intelligence Investigations & Litigation Support Services

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.

Whatever the brief, we build them into questions to answer, then use analysis, judgment, and experience to gather information, make sense of it and deliver it in a useful, meaningful way. Before any business decision or investment, 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. We unearth evidence by speaking to the people who know what has happened and producing information on the background and context of the dispute to help you present an effective case. 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.

Each situation we work on is unique. So, the first action is to fully understand the situation and what’s going on. Then, we agree on the investigation strategy and conduct initial scoping. We determine the best people to talk to and isolate the relevant secondary sources. However, this investigation could also include surveillance, undercover investigators within your organisation, and vehicle tracking. 

Finally, we will provide a report in a concise format that includes what we have found and determined as facts. We will then offer possible options that are open to you.

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. 

Defend Your Organisation 

Prevention is key in safeguarding your business from intelligence collection efforts. Our counterintelligence investigations provide you with the knowledge and tools to defend against these invasive practices. 

We help you identify vulnerabilities and implement robust security measures to ensure the confidentiality of your financial data, business plans, and trade secrets. By closing off leaks within your organisation, you can fortify your defences and thwart any attempts to compromise your valuable insider information.

Imagine if your competitors were misled, misinterpreting the information they collected about your organisation. With our counterintelligence, we can strategically feed false or misleading data. We create a web of confusion that diverts their attention and disrupts their decision-making processes. If a competitor has tried to take advantage, our approach allows you to maintain a competitive edge while safeguarding your true intentions. Through discreet and legally compliant methods, we can disrupt their operations, hinder their performance, and protect your organisation’s interests.

  1. Closing off leaks within your organisation: Identify and address internal vulnerabilities compromising your security and information confidentiality.
  2. Protecting valuable insider information: Safeguard your financial data, business plans, and trade secrets from unauthorised access and exploitation.
  3. Understanding your competitors’ priorities: Gain valuable insights into what your competitors seek within your organisation, enabling you to align your strategies accordingly.
  4. Ethical due diligence: Conduct these investigations in full compliance with legal and moral codes, ensuring your actions are aligned with ethical standards.

Ready to take control of the intelligence game? Start your Counterintelligence Investigations with Octopus today. 

Core Services in Corporate Investigations

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

Surveillance and Risk Assessment

  • 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.

In-Depth Investigations

  • 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.

Security Operations Integration

  • 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.

Counterintelligence Services

  • 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.

Specialised Intelligence Services

  • Geopolitical Intelligence: Insights into global political trends and shifts.
  • Competitive Intelligence: Analysis of market competition.
  • Climate Risk Intelligence: Evaluations of environmental factors impacting security.

Financial and Reputational Risk Management

  • 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 Compliance and Due Diligence

  • 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 Management

  • Reputational Damage Control: Preventive and corrective solutions to protect and rehabilitate business reputation.

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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