We provided end-to-end, multi-year travel security support for a major oil and gas contractor deploying individuals on projects in high risk locations around the world, including Algeria, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Papua New Guinea and Nigeria. We provided individual trip risk assessments for every trip incorporating the latest intelligence (collected through our local source networks, open source and social media analytics) and detailed assessment of proposed accommodation, transport and work sites. This level of risk detail, down to individual hotels, roads and flights, informed not only ‘go/no go’ decisions but changes in individual itineraries to reduce risk – leading to more trips occurring successfully.
We’ve provided a dedicated, tailored intelligence feed covering protest, terrorism and organised criminality to a large hospitality client for over 3 years. This feed is completely tailored to their brand, operations and footprint and provides their senior leadership and internal security teams with actionable information to support decisions taken to protect their guests and reputation. Our intelligence team extensively uses cutting edge technology such as social media analytics and detection (mainly focussed on nearby incidents of concern) to provide much more granular and useful information, while also providing clear analysis of more strategic trends and tactics used by adversaries.
We work with one of the largest higher education institutions in the United Kingdom to risk assess and provide intelligence support to keep faculty and research students safe on trips overseas. We identify potentially higher risk trips in coordination with individual faculties and departments, and identify potential threats and risks to travel based on the specific work or research being undertaken and the proposed trip itineraries. This provides a ‘second layer of defence’ to the university to reduce the risk of everything from low level crime, to kidnap, to state detention or arrest.
We assisted an international law firm on an ongoing civil litigation case. The client, a group of investors from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), had been defrauded out of tens of millions of pounds, which had been laundered through Europe. Our investigation took place in the CIS, Russia, Europe and the UK, and involved in-depth investigation and on the ground enquiries to map out the fraud and the flow of money. In order to support a freezing order application, our team used open and closed source research, corporate records searches, in-country assets, social media analytics and covert methodology to identify tangible assets in excess of GBP 100 million. This then supported an international freezing order and successful resolution.
Our team supported a client in relation to an ongoing investigation into allegations of government level corruption in the Middle East. This was to support a whistleblowing allegation that was made, into allegations that illicit payments had been made to obtain products and services, involving high level government officials. Our local network of investigators and on the ground enquiries mapped out the companies, identifying familial and business links between individuals, using social media analytics to map out connections and other potential links. Covert human enquiries then corroborated the information found, to highlight where corruption was taking place and how to mitigate this in future.
Our team conducted an in-depth source of wealth and reputational investigation into a wealthy investor from the Middle East into a substantial development in the West. Using desktop research, advanced analytical tools and on-the-ground enquiries in multiple jurisdictions, we were able to identify several areas of concern, linking the individual with government level scandals. However, were able to confirm that the individuals’ source of wealth was legitimate, and advised the client accordingly to assist in their decision making process.
We carried out a deep-dive intelligence collection project looking at significant businessmen connected to the Assad regime in Syria, with specific reference to their connections with the government’s security apparatus (and intelligence services) during the war. This utilised extensive Arabic and English open source research, including specialist investigatory and analytical techniques, to connect these individuals with front organisations belonging to components of the intelligence services. We also contextualised this intelligence by placing the individuals, connections and actions identified within a broader timeline.
Our consultants work within and support the internal intelligence team of a multibillion dollar global firm to collect, analyse and provide intelligence on specific topics and adversaries of concern around the world. We utilise specialist closed databases, human sources, social media analytics, dark web searching and scraping, and a range of other tools to provide early warning of potential threats to the organisation – particularly major events, senior executives, and research and development. The intelligence we generate also supports reputational protection. Our team provides more active collection and assessment during major events or overseas travel of company executives to free up the internal intelligence and security team to manage relationships with other key company stakeholders.
We carried out historical intelligence collection and analysis focussed on the conflict in Yemen, as well as provided expert testimony from our consultants who have worked on the ground there, to inform an ongoing legal dispute over force majeure due to the advent of the Yemeni Civil War. Our analysis included engagement with local human sources (including tribes), collection of current and historic social media activity, and detailed geospatial assessment using satellite imagery taken during the period of the dispute. Our clear explanations of the situation on the ground at pivotal points during the war enabled both legal teams to take a more nuanced view of the factors at play which led to the force majeure.
We supported one of the world’s largest insurance brokers to help them respond to a direct attack on a client by a party to the Libyan Civil War, tasking, receiving and analysing sensitive satellite imagery to assess damage and come up with analysis on how the attack took place (including a specific indirect fire attack location) within 48 hours. This analysis was then provided to insurance markets to help the client structure a response to the significant damage to their asset.
We were engaged by a large family private equity fund to carry out an intelligence-led assessment of the assets, as well as their locations, status and value, belonging to another entity with which they were in dispute. Our team identified hundreds of millions of dollars worth of assets which could be used to support ongoing legal proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. The team utilised open source intelligence analysis, closed source databases and covert methods to create a detailed schedule of assets and how these were interconnected across over 15 countries.