Assessment of reputation, integrity and track record ahead, inter alia, of investments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and senior appointments, or when reverse due diligence is required.
GPW is regularly retained by multinationals, financial institutions, other corporate or individual investors and their advisers to conduct detailed due diligence.
Our work is geared towards underpinning a client's confidence in business decisions and identifying relevant and material issues in order to manage risk. This may be in the context of new investment opportunities, corporate bids, acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures and the hiring of key individuals.
In conducting detailed due diligence in respect of individuals, companies and other entities, we aim to provide an independent and objective picture, as well as investigate and surface issues that could subsequently embarrass or damage the client. On completion of the assignment, clients receive a detailed and carefully sourced report that addresses the key questions and seeks to draw conclusions and make recommendations.
Clients are increasingly tasking ever more thorough due diligence in order to comply with the strictures of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act 2011. We are also frequently asked to conduct reverse due diligence exercises that provide commercial organisations or prominent individuals with an invaluable, independent assessment of their own reputation, standing, history, assets and current activities.
How we can help
Our due diligence services provide key intelligence ahead of deals and strategic appointments.
- Peter Pender-Cudlip
Peter Pender-Cudlip graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Law. Following qualification as a solicitor with Norton Rose, he spent four years in investment banking at Schroders and a further four years in financial public relations. From there he held a senior position in a global risk management consultancy before co-founding GPW in 2004.
- Nicholas Bortman
Partner, Head of Middle East
Nicholas Bortman heads GPW’s Middle East practice from Dubai, managing complex investigations and due diligence cases across the region. He has a BA from New York University and an MA in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Before joining GPW, Nicholas worked in the specialist investigative practice of a former senior trial prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
- William Brittain-Catlin
Associate Partner, Integrity Projects
William Brittain-Catlin set up the London office of a US corporate investigations firm prior to joining GPW and was previously a senior case manager with a leading global risk management consultancy. He is a specialist in the political economy of tax havens and his book, ‘Offshore: the dark side of the global economy’, was published in 2005. He continues to write and is a frequent contributor to The Guardian and other publications.