November 18, 2019

Amid reports of increasing investment, activity, and growth in Latin America’s startup ecosystem, it’s important to keep in mind the relevance of pricing and mitigating local risks when evaluating Latin American startups both for the purposes of transactions and valuat...

September 27, 2018

In a global marketplace with a changing risk landscape, companies are increasingly cognizant of the importance of risk management. Still, examples of companies mismanaging strategic risk abound. Recent research suggests that implementation of strategic and Enterprise R...

August 7, 2018

This is a joint blog post in which, given our different investigative backgrounds, we seek to address one of the most important questions our clients ask:

“What’s the difference between investigation and intelligence? One is evidence and the other is rumors.”

Pedro Armad...

July 13, 2018

HUMINT is more art than science. Nowhere is this truer than in the private sector. Compared to the public sector, private sector-based HUMINT operations can be considerably more challenging.

For starters, private HUMINT operatives have no diplomatic protection and/or im...

June 8, 2018

Due Diligence is something of a loaded term with varied definitions and possible points of focus. “Reasonable steps taken by a person in order to satisfy a legal requirement, especially in buying or selling something,” reads one definition, while another characterizes...

May 29, 2018

Collecting human intelligence (HUMINT) is one of the most difficult endeavors in the realm of intelligence and investigations. Developing the right sources is a matter of not only time, but also patience and trust. Throughout the years, I have worked on all manner of f...

May 22, 2018

How do we know what we know? This is one of the transcendental questions that epistemology--the branch of philosophy concerned with the theory and origin  of knowledge--seeks to answer. It’s not a question that people often think to ask, since they tend to take for gra...

May 17, 2018

Both the tactical and strategic risk industries are poised to change. When I refer to “tactical” risk/intelligence, I mean intelligence and risk factors that pertain to more granular, specific questions such as, “What are the reputational risks involved in working with...

May 1, 2018

In a region like Latin America, the investigative landscape is one in which open source intelligence ('OSINT') is simply insufficient for adequate decision making in most cases. This is due to three key reasons:

(i.) the disparities in availability of open source inform...

September 29, 2017

Imagine this. You run a small but successful lending business in a Latin American country. Most of your clients are foreigners who own real property through corporations.   

One day, polished attorneys arrive at your door seeking loans on behalf of their overs...

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