From the beginning, Wolf, P.A. was created to meet the needs of clients who are constantly in motion. Clients who might be in Dubai one day, London the next day, and New York the day after that. These are also clients for whom discretion and privacy are especially important. We work closely with private clients, family offices, private bankers and other advisors, who rely on us to identify and mitigate legal, commercial, geopolitical and reputational risks, and to quietly, legally and ethically respond to and handle crises.
HOW WE HELP
INVESTIGATIONS, ARRESTS & PROSECUTIONS IN FOREIGN JURISDICTIONS
We are able to respond to and manage incidents affecting you, your family or your business, legally, commercially, geopolitically, or reputationally. In the past, we have responded to investigations, arrests and prosecutions in foreign jurisdictions, in addition to missing persons cases, international parental abductions and private family matters.
Politically exposed persons present unique risks to banks. High net worth individuals are also occasionally perceived as higher risk customers. To manage these risks, banks conduct enhanced due diligence. With respect to politically exposed persons, in particular, banks will be required to investigate the customer’s source of wealth and source of funds. They will also look at any history of criminal investigations, criminal or civil litigation, or any negative media. The bank will be concerned with evidence or indicia of bribery, corruption, kleptocracy or money laundering. Often, the information that would answer the bank’s questions or resolve the bank’s concerns lies beyond the reach of the bank’s compliance department.
We help clients anticipate and respond to compliance questions from banks. We conduct independent self due diligence investigations in order to provide information and evidence of which compliance departments might not previously have been aware or to which they might not previously have had access. Moreover, when requested, Wolf, P.A. has met with bank representatives to brief them on the evidence.
INDEPENDENT SELF DUE DILIGENCE
Reputation matters. We conduct independent self due diligence investigations and produce privileged and confidential dossiers that help clients prepare for and facilitate third party due diligence, identify areas for improvement or change, and develop of strategic communications or worldwide reputation management plans.
Sometimes, discretion is as important as the investigation itself. We work closely with clients, conducting legal, ethical, confidential and, in many cases, privileged investigations.
WORLDWIDE LEGAL SERVICES COORDINATION AND MANAGEMENT
For international private clients, the nature of their lives means they live and work around the world. They have offices around the world, they have houses around the world, and they have private aircraft to take them there. Within their businesses, they may have general counsel or a chief legal officer, but their personal legal affairs might not be equally coordinated. Certainly, they have international tax attorneys, trust and estate attorneys, and access to corporate attorneys at the firms that represent their businesses, but unless there is a practicing attorney in their family office, there is no single attorney with a 40,000-foot view of all the client’s legal affairs. That is where we can help.
Wolf, P.A. was created to meet the needs of clients who are constantly in motion, for whom discretion and privacy are extremely important, and for whom there is little margin for error. We work closely with international private clients and family offices. We identify and mitigate legal, commercial, geopolitical and reputational risks. We discreetly, legally and ethically respond to and handle crises. And we make sure that what is happening in one legal, business or personal matter in one part of the world does not negatively impact what is happening in another matter in another part of the world.