Screening of high-profile persons includes the study of their business history (based on archival records of the registration Chamber from 1991 onwards), commercial, political and administrative relations, personal and professional reputation.
The inspection includes examination of enterprises previously run by the persons being checked, their history, financial status and the presence of possible negative information.
When checking companies, we use our own developed methodology which enables us to take advantage of the maximum number of sources for getting necessary information and preparing full scale reports.
Reports on specific enterprises include:
- updated registration data,
- information on owners and managers, their change and reasons for the changes,
- real and nominal business owners,
- history of the foundation of the company,
- description of the Group and affiliates of the company,
- commercial, political and administrative ties of shareholders and managers,
- the business reputation of the company with the feedback of its customers,
- financial analysis,
- analysis of court proceedings,
- checking for links with crime, exploring both direct and indirect linkages,
- possible negatives – ‘skeletons in the closet’.
The techniques used by our company reveals ‘obnalnye’ – ‘cashing’ companies as well as more sophisticated schemes using ‘optimization’ companies. ‘Optimization’ companies include intermediary enterprises which show all the characteristics of a real company with staff, office, Internet-site and other attributes to create the impression of a real operation, but which are in fact pocket companies working in the interests of a narrow circle of individuals, mostly from the management or owners of another enterprise.
A number of other methods, in particular using informal sources in various fields of activity, provide opportunities to obtain information about the reputation of the subject of the check and, allow you to achieve greater objectivity.
Personnel reliability check
When checking personnel we go beyond the standard methods and find other avenues to obtain information. In particular, we aim to get information from former colleagues to give an objective picture of the reliability of other information received.
Our sources in the various sectors of the economy and directly inside enterprises provide information about the reputation of the individual, their commercial and political ties, as well as possible links to crime.
In examining candidates for high positions we study their previous employers to assess the reputation and the working methods of those companies.
Our audits have identified where higher education diplomas have been bought, where employees are receiving third-party income, mismatch of the official income of an individual with their lifestyle and assets, collusion with colleagues and the human resources department (for example, a person had a company’s stamps in his employment-book, but had not actually worked in the company).
We do not use the standard investigation methods used by many of our competitors, which often include unethical and illegal activities, including the checking of bank accounts.
Our investigations use legal methods and are very varied.
For example our work on the ‘analysis of X-car brands success in the Russian market’.
In this investigation we studied the advertising activities, advertising budgets being spent by the media (TV, radio, press), methods of formal and informal rewards (such as test-drives for journalists), professionalism of the work of PR departments and other specialists responsible for branding.
‘Business Intelligence’ is engaged in investigation of corporate and commercial fraud using its own developed methods.
Our work is aimed at achieving practical results in the form of information revealing fraud schemes and their participants, as well as detecting direct and indirect indications of the presence of such schemes.
An investigation can be conducted as research based on suspicion, and the scrutiny of ‘risky’ activities of staff (for example, the Procurement Division or the persons who have access to the ordered material and financial resources).
Analysis of financial documentation, including documentation from suppliers, for ‘excessive prices’ could serve as the basis for such suspicion.