Investigations, Intelligence and Due Diligence
HOW WOLF GLOBAL IS DIFFERENT: THE PROSECUTOR TO AGENT PERSPECTIVE
Wolf Global combines litigation and trial experience with government priority investigations experience. We think in terms of proof. We know how the rules of evidence and the jury instructions will be applied. We can anticipate how a judge or a jury will react. And, we combine that perspective, experience and understanding with the capabilities and resources of a global investigations and intelligence firm, enabling clients to mitigate risks, gain an advantage in litigation, and avoid reputational harm.
Litigation and Arbitration Consulting
LITIGATION INTELLIGENCE AND INVESTIGATIONS
Wolf Global provides litigation and arbitration support to attorneys and general counsel who know there is no substitute for preparation and who become obsessed during trial preparation. Wolf Global can help you:
- Develop an investigative strategy unique to the issues in your case.
- Evaluate evidence.
- Identify, locate and interview witnesses.
- Conduct investigative research.
- Discover new evidence beyond the scope of discovery.
- Quickly investigate new issues that arise during trial.
FRAUD AND FINANCIAL INVESTIGATIONS
Wolf Global helps clients protect assets under management and determine where and how fraud, theft or embezzlement occurred, who is responsible, and how to prove it.
BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION
Wolf Global helps clients and their counsel identify and remediate bribery and corruption issues that could lead to exposure under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or UK Bribery Act.
Wolf Global also helps white collar attorneys extend their reach, by helping them obtain and review evidence, identify, locate and interview witnesses, and troubleshoot the complexities associated with conducting global investigations.
In the case of the official under investigation or formally charged, Wolf Global can support counsel in finding the best possible resolution.
And, in the case of sovereigns victimized by corrupt officials, Wolf Global combines investigations and government relations to help countries conduct their own investigations, interact with law enforcement and prosecution authorities of other countries, and trace and recover stolen assets.
In special situations, discretion is as important as the investigation itself. Wolf Global was created to meet the needs of clients who place a premium on their privacy. We work closely with those clients and their counsel, conducting professional, ethical, confidential, discreet investigations.
INVESTIGATIVE DUE DILIGENCE
Using the intelligence cycle, Wolf Global works closely with clients to make sure the intelligence product being provided is the intelligence product they need to evaluate M&A targets or investigate prospective partners and investors. We help clients proactively mitigate the risks associated with international business by answering the questions that need to be answered.
- Does a company or individual actually exist?
- Are company officials Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)?
- Is there a trail of litigation?
- Is there a trail of bankruptcies?
- Is there a history of fraud?
- Are there allegations of corruption?
- Will these people honor their debts?
- Will they steal your money?
- Will doing business with them harm your reputation?
REPUTATIONAL DUE DILIGENCE
Wolf Global understands the legal, commercial and geopolitical impact of reputational risk. We conduct global investigations to help clients avoid reputational harm.
INDEPENDENT SELF DUE DILIGENCE
Wolf Global conducts independent self due diligence investigations, helping clients facilitate due diligence by banks and commercial partners; identify areas for improvement or change; and develop global strategic communications plans.
CORPORATE INTELLIGENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
A U.S. client wanted to establish new business relationships in a particular Middle East country in the wake of the Arab Spring. We assisted our client by providing specific corporate and political risk intelligence even before the particular country’s new government was in place.
CORPORATE INTELLIGENCE IN EASTERN EUROPE
A luxury clothing line wanted to approach a prominent Eastern European businessman regarding a new joint venture. We delivered corporate intelligence along with personal preference information about the best way for our client to initiate discussions with the prospective partner.
LITIGATION INTELLIGENCE AND INVESTIGATIONS
An admired company had suddenly become a target of cases. Law firms were engaged to represent the company and we were engaged to provide litigation intelligence and investigations consulting to support the work being done by those law firms. By combining the experience that comes from having previously litigated and tried complex cases to verdict with the experience that comes from having previously conducted government priority investigations, we were able to deliver quality intelligence and relevant evidence not only in the form of reports, but also in the form of relevant, admissible trial and hearing exhibits.
SENSITIVE INVESTIGATION OF TIES TO WHITE COLLAR CRIME
There were questions as to whether a certain individual might once have been connected to a specific person previously convicted of fraud and money laundering. Our investigation confirmed that connection. Moreover, our investigation revealed evidence of a connection between the individual and another person also previously convicted of fraud in an unrelated case, as well as evidence of a connection between the individual and a person against whom securities enforcement cases were pending.
CYBER-STALKING INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION LIAISON
Executives had received unwanted e-mails. We responded immediately, gathered the evidence and associated metadata, and worked with law enforcement and prosecution authorities who ultimately arrested and prosecuted the individual who had sent the e-mails.
FRAUD INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION PACKAGE
Our client delivered a luxury car to a shipping company for transport to the Middle East. When the car did not arrive, our client contacted the police, the U.S. Embassy, his country’s embassy and consulate in the United States and, eventually, us. Our investigation revealed what had happened to the vehicle and who should be held criminally responsible. We presented our investigation to prosecutors and, after a follow-up investigation to confirm the evidence we had provided, the defendant was arrested and prosecuted and ordered to pay restitution to our client.
The CEO of a company engaged in international business was concerned that recently terminated employees posed a threat to the company. We were engaged to investigate the ex-employees’ backgrounds and current activities and to examine what had been their company computers for evidence of trade secrets having been stolen. Our computer forensics investigation was able to assure the CEO that the ex-employees had not stolen company trade secrets. However, our investigation did reveal information that, if the company had investigated those same employees’ backgrounds prior to hiring, would likely have resulted in their never having been hired to work for the company in the first place.
Our client was concerned about allegations that had been made about a company employee. We conducted an independent investigation that determined the allegations to be false and, consequently, also protected the company from future accusations that the company knew or should have known that the employee presented a risk.