Many complex legal issues require a specific investigative expertise. This is where our AR INTELL professional investigators can assist the attorneys during the legal process of trial preparation and discovery.
CORPORATE FRAUD INVESTIGATIONS
Most cases of fraud are detected only after they already took place. By then the damage has been done and the company has gone into damage control mode. This is required to cut losses or avoid further escalations on other levels. Companies mostly have internal control measures in place to detect fraud in the early stages (the red flags). But in reality, the damage is irreversible by the time fraudulent activities have been discovered. Our investigative findings would identify sources and surface evidence of fraud. We will discover & document the modus operandi of the perpetrators and all the networks involved. These are critical details that will attack fraud at its source, plug potential weaknesses and put a stop to further losses.
Due Diligence is a highly sought after tool for mergers, acquisitions, partnerships and for credit ratings whereby we can conduct pre-deal or pre-venture due diligence of Companies or prospective partners involved.
Such intelligence is extremely critical when evaluating presented facts put forward by prospective partners before the key decision to go into a partnership is made. Information looks at a potential partner’s source of funding, financial standing, business history, his networking, lifestyle and other necessary records.
With access to such intelligence data, the risk of entering into a potentially fragile partnership and becoming a victim for liabilities. Be careful when dealing with individuals with a criminally past. The potential to destroy a client’s impeccable reputation can be prevented if you take precautions. Being informed is one of the measurements to take.
BRAND PROTECTION – COUNTERFEITING
Counterfeiting has become so common that many victimized companies and brands tend to give up the fight and live with the situation. Some companies however counter these counterfeiting attacks by changing designs, logos or come up with new product models fast enough just to keep ahead of counterfeiting criminals and copycats of the brand or other copyrighted material.
Some; on the other hand accept these losses as a characteristic of the industry. Even though the losses and damage to the brand its reputation are massive. High-value industries such as automotive spare parts, liquor, alcohol, the tobacco industry, cigars, electronics, branded watches, art industry (forgeries), entertainment industry, medical and chemical industries and many more are deeply affected. Internal countermeasures and enforcement raids are often conducted but with sporadic success. Clearly more could be achieved with the availability of private expertise.
For the right investment, Clients could be provided with details and evidence such as illegal storage areas of the fake goods, counterfeiting production bases, illegal factories and insight into the criminal network behind all this. These investigation details could be fed to cooperative law and other enforcement teams to make successful raids on these premises and to avert counterfeiting for a period of time until they regroup. The savings are immense and it contributes to your company’s profit directly.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION & IP INVESTIGATION
As the competition becomes more intense, the demand for accurate information increases. This in turn raises the value for getting the secrets of a rival’s business plan, price strategy and innovation or other valuable pockets of data.
These competitors sometimes re-evaluate plans based on secrets made available to them through questionable tactics just to stay ahead of rivals. Very often these are obtained through commercial espionage, data theft, hacking techniques, purchasing stolen data on the dark web, cyber espionage, data exfiltration or other types of information theft.
Sales targets are often revised southwards to salvage the situation. The placement of internal control measures to pre-empt espionage are good moves to reduce incidences but investigations are needed to identify the source and uncover critical evidence for prosecution later. Spending to the plug outflow of company secrets is certainly a smart strategy and returns are immeasurable in terms of retaining company investments and profits. We have the expertise to deal with these issues.
Financial Institutions (banks, private money lenders etc.) are often faced with mounting “bad loans” or non-performing loans (NPL’s). When the process of money recovery and debt collection begins, non-paying borrowers will screen their tangible assets in extremely clever ways in the form of overseas banking accounts, cash at bank, available stocks and shares, assets such as art objects, property, jewelry and the use of nominees which is a popular and proven method to avoid loosing these assets.
At best, these institutions, companies and organizations are only able to recover a limited amount which is minuscule as compared to the borrowed amount. Without the right expertise, the recovery of the full debt becomes a time consuming or impossible exercise and is extremely expensive. To salvage and address this situation, we recommend to our clients to commission a detailed Asset Trace Exercise. This will enable financial institutions to recover the outstanding money and consolidated debts effectively.
Our AR INTELL specialized Asset Tracers Having successfully developed proven creative techniques and with a wide international network of experts at our disposal across borders, we could easily produce the evidence for clients to recover the money and other financial assets that would otherwise have to be written off.
FALSIFICATION, DISCOVERY OF CONCEALED INFORMATION AND ASSETS
Falsification of facts, the discovery of concealed information and assets is a common investigation in which AR INTELL is specialized. Our investigators can discover details of partnerships, applications for credit, loans. Even certificates need to be falsified, documents could be doctored or simply fabricated. Partners or business associates might keep damaging or crucial information deliberately concealed from you.
These types of investigations are done so as to add credibility and to improve chances to win contracts, gain employment, improve credit rating and gain easy accessibility for a product’s passage.
Smart spending could help avert or reduce such tendencies. With a wide network to uncover the truth of such information fast, a potentially dangerous and unnecessary crisis could be averted.
As the competition becomes more intense, the demand for accurate instant information increases. This in turn raises the value for getting secrets about a rival’s business plan, price strategy and innovation and other elements of importance (strategy, tactics, market info, etc…).
Your competitors constantly re-evaluate plans based on secrets made available to them through questionable tactics in order to stay ahead of rivals. Very often these are obtained through commercial espionage, cyber espionage, data-exfiltration, hacking, basic information theft and other methods.
The losses suffered by unsuspecting companies are sometimes astronomical and the long term damage should never be underestimated. Just think about data leaks, data theft, theft of intellectual property. Sales targets are often revised southwards to salvaging the situation.
Hence The placement of internal control measures and best business practices in order to prevent espionage are good moves to reduce incidences. This means that investigations are needed to identify the source of potential information leaks and uncover critical evidence with the purpose of prosecution later.
Spending some time and money to plug the outflow of company secrets is certainly a smart strategy. The returns are immeasurable in terms of retaining company investments and profits. AR INTELL we have the expertise to deal with these issues.
BUG SWEEPING / TECHNICAL SURVEILLANCE COUNTER MEASURES (TSCM)
You should always ensure that your privacy and valuable information are not compromised by electronic eavesdropping devices or other threats on your personal communications or premises, like meeting rooms, data centers, computers in the office etc… In order to ensure that your information and offices or home are protected from the diverse and complex threats of Technical Surveillance; it will be necessary to employ highly skilled TSCM operators using state of the art equipment and techniques to detect hidden camera, spy bugs, audio bugs and other forms of wiretapping or electronic means of tapping your communications, recording your meetings and “private” conversations that you might conduct with your clients in your offices. Your offices might have good physical perimeter security, but have you checked for spying devices? Even WIFI routers, smartphones, CCTV systems, DVR, computers can easily be hacked, bugged and used as listening devices for data, audio, video…. Don’t ignore the symptom or the red flags.
Our highly AR INTELL trained operators employ unique methods and tactics and are considered international experts in the TCSM field. Many of our operators have extensive Military or Government & private experience. We all undergo a rigorous selection and hands-on training process. You can trust us to find the spy bugs! This includes live attack operational exercises or simulations to ensure that our and your own skills are sharp enough to deal with the most demanding of situations. Our ‘can do’ attitude ensures our clients’ objectives are delivered within the given timescale and available budget.
UNDERCOVER OPERATIONS – COVERT OPS
The work of Undercover Operations and sometimes related investigations focuses on avoiding detection by the entity that you are observing, and especially to disguise one’s own identity or use an assumed identity for the purposes of gaining the trust of an individual or organization to learn or confirm confidential information.
This type of mission is mostly about gaining the trust of targeted individuals or systems in order to gather information or evidence. Traditionally, covert ops (different from dark ops) are a technique employed by private investigators and other field operators, where the persons working in such roles are commonly referred to as undercover agent.
GPS TRACKING TECHNOLOGY AND TRACKING SYSTEMS
These days GPS tracking technology (including audio and other information from connected sensors) can be considered as a Total Surveillance solution for persons, cars, motorcycles or other valuable mobile assets. Ask yourself how this could be used for your organization. Can you afford your cars being stolen, do you need to keep an eye on staff carrying valuable intel or assets? Or maybe you need to avoid that your adversaries or competitors tags you with GPS tracking devices… Then you need to consider using an RF detection device or use personal GPS jammers in your car, GPS detection devices. There are many ways to detect GPS tracking or use GPS trackers in a productive and legal manner.
This is where AR INTELL is able to offer our corporate and private clients a range of bespoke GPS tracking, personal GPS detection solutions for vehicles, assets, high-value cargo, money transfers and individuals. There are Covert GPS tracking systems with the ability to monitor a subject or target (moving object) from anywhere in the world instantly. Our company is able to provide real-time updates on all this. Whether tracking a cheating partner or a dishonest employee, tracking devices are discreet, efficient and cost-effective.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT, EXECUTIVE PROFILING AND VENDOR SCREENING
Knowing for sure that the right executive was hired for the right position is crucial for any business to stay competitive. You need to ensure that your investment in money, training and trust is given to the executive is justifiable.
The fallout of hiring the wrong person could be disastrous. Especially now with the digital exposure that operators get in regards to your business data and business plan. Most certainly at the senior and top managerial level, wrong hiring negatively impacts project costs and deliverables; causes loss of client confidence; market reputation damage and team performance.
Hiring senior personnel can take nearly six months. The high costs of hiring the wrong people and having to engage in new recruitment processes can be up to five times the person’s salary itself… The true value of background screening now becomes clear. Even when you hire a head-hunter or job recruitment agency, you have do some checking if you are getting what you paid for. So do screen before you hire anybody, in order to verify that the person or groups that you are hiring are who they say they are and can do the job you are asking them to do.
New online opportunities, cyber threats and cyber-attack techniques emerge daily. Hence our traditional security controls might no longer be 100% sufficient to protect your network and digital assets.
Your Safety & Security has become a live moving target for any hacker and organized crime. Companies are exposed to unknown risks, zero-day attacks – both internally (insider threat) and externally (your digital assets are exposed). Yet security controls are not updated or adequate. Our advice is that you don’t become the easy victim of email phishing campaigns, MITRE Attacks (man in the middle, the evil twin) or ransomware attacks or data breaches. It is very costly, difficult or sometimes even impossible to recover from cyber disasters. If you ignore the signs or are unaware of the red flags, then it is very likely that your contingency or disaster recovery plan will not even work. Daily the attack vectors are getting bigger and more and more APT groups & ransomware gangs are on the rise. They want your data and your money.
This is where the AR Intell Cyber Security Division brings you the right and integrated solution – a methodology which combines the power of people, processes and technology. Together with our clients; we help design, develop, manage and implement highly reliable, multi-tier solutions that extend security teams.
INTELLIGENCE GATHERING & ANALYSIS
Our AR INTELL Intelligence gathering teams have considerable experience in different areas of investigation cases, including fraud, insurance, criminal and civil law. In essence, the Intelligence data collected generally fall into these main categories: 1. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is where information is available from existing public sources such as the Internet, commercial databases and public information. 2. Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) is normally a form of electronic eavesdropping or code breaking. 3. Human Intelligence (HUMINT) involves a private detective on the ground in traditional fashion. We are extremely well versed in all of the above techniques and more, and will be able to select the appropriate approach for your particular case.
Shareholder activism has once again put the control of companies into a new perspective. Thus AR INTELL will provide critical information about board member candidates, incumbents, corporate officers, when and where you need it most.
The proposed transactions and the companies themselves could be using diverse legal strategies. Hence public relations messaging as well as for litigation and negotiations in proxy contests and other fights for corporate control are strategic instruments.
AR INTELL provides proxy advisory to clients involved with corporate control fights, whether incumbent management, an acquiring company or dissident shareholders. Together with you, we will develop insights into the opponent’s intentions, acumen, vulnerabilities, tactics and past records in proxy contests.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT, EXECUTIVE PROFILING AND VENDOR SCREENING
Hiring the right executive for the right position is crucial for any business in order to stay competitive. The fallout of hiring the wrong person could be disastrous. At the senior and managerial level, wrong hiring negatively impacts project costs and deliveries; loss of client confidence; market reputation and team performance. Hiring senior personnel can take nearly six months. The costs of wrong hiring and new recruitment can be up to five times the person’s salary. The true value of background screening now becomes clear.
Screen & Profile before you hire, to verify that the person you are hiring is who they say they are and can do the job you are hiring them for.
The same goes for the vendors and suppliers that you are about to rely on for your products & services. Do some checking before you enter just anybody into your supply-chain.