In today’s international business environment, conventional due diligence may not always be enough. When the information you require is not in the public domain, PKF’s Business intelligence service can find out what you need to know to make important decisions and prevent deals from encountering hidden pitfalls.
What do we offer?
Clients’ needs are as varied as their individual goals, but typically may include the following:
- Assurance over the integrity and reputation of local management and their business associates
- Assessment of how local political and economic issues may affect business or commercial decisions
- Gathering, assimilation and insightful analysis of information from global sources which helps clients to make informed decisions in relation to difficult issues.
Why choose PKF in Eastern Africa?
PKF’s business intelligence network comprises almost 1000 individuals. The sources are individuals rather than companies, and come from a variety of backgrounds. All are tried and tested for their ability to provide accurate, current and reliable intelligence which would not have been available in the public domain.
Discretion and confidentiality are paramount. Investigations are carried out ‘blind’ – the identity of the client is never revealed to the sources. Furthermore, the company or individuals being checked by the sources remain unaware that any investigations are being conducted.
Benefits of business intelligence
- enhanced due diligence in relation to businesses and/or individuals
- integrity/reputational checks
- investigating links to organised crime
- checking political links/aspirations/funding
- revealing ownership/location of assets
- explaining business practices/customs
- the real owners of a target business
- relevant litigation and, where possible, criminal records
- track record of the business and its executives/major shareholders
- links to organised crime (including where the target company is a victim) and terrorist groups
- risk of possible sanctions-busting or grey-market sales
- reputational risk through association.
Know Your Customer
- the individual’s source of wealth
- their business dealings and associations
- their political and social connections
- their general reputation and integrity
- any actions taken (or pending) against them by law enforcement agencies, tax authorities or regulators.