Know before--and more than--anyone else, with the foremost firms at culling corporate intel.
Worldwide Intelligence Network
Los Angeles and New York
Entertainment industry attorneys and insiders get their
intel from Worldwide Intelligence Network, which conducts witness
location and litigation support, corporate espionage, and investigations
of fraud, embezzlement, and all manner of employee malfeasance.
Among Kroll's past assignments: conducting due diligence on
prospective Ford auto dealers in China and exposing embezzlement at the
top ranks of a major New York City charity. With 65 offices in 25 cities
around the world, this risk-consulting company has offered intelligence
services since its founding in 1972.
Control Risks, a full-service international risk
consultancy, will trace assets, take care of pre-employment screening,
and conduct corporate investigations. Global firms, especially in
emerging markets, swear by the firm's RiskMap, an annual business
forecast with intelligence for 150 countries.
When Beirut's Al-Medina bank collapsed and its chairman
found himself out more than $1 billion, he called Fortress Global,
founded by former head honchos at Interpol, the FBI, the CIA, and the
Manhattan District Attorney's office. The Fifth Avenue firm works with
some of the world's biggest hedge funds and banks.
With heavy-hitting clients in pharmaceuticals,
manufacturing, and finance, Vance conducts due diligence investigations
for international mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and board
appointments. Following its director's resignation, the Massachusetts
State Police crime lab tapped Vance to perform a review.
Investigative Services Agencies
This publicly traded firm specializes in background checks,
surveillance, fraud investigation, and risk assessment for Chicago
offices of national companies, such as Citibank, but it doesn't stop at
the local level; president James Miller has helped the FBI apprehend
fugitives from its Most Wanted list.