GPW is a political risk, investigations and dispute consulting firm with offices in London, Dubai and Singapore.
We are an independent business with an established track record in dealing with sensitive commercial issues. We spend time on the ground in the countries where we operate – finding, refreshing and bolstering a strong network of human sources. Our staff has language capability and in-country experience in most of the key emerging markets we cover.
We are transparent in our pricing, methodology and deliverables. We are honest about where we can and cannot add value. We express our opinions in our reports and are not afraid to make recommendations based on our findings.
As a small business, managed by our owners, we can move extremely rapidly and be flexible in our approach to problem solving.
Analysis of key geopolitical, regulatory and security risks; scenario planning, comparative risk assessment and market entry studies; evaluation of critical political drivers of business risk; stakeholder mapping for government relations teams.
Assessment of counterparty reputation, integrity and track record ahead of investments, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions and senior appointments; in-depth ‘Know Your Client’ due diligence on business relationships; compliance with FCPA and UK Bribery Act legislation.
Strategy consulting before high-stakes litigation; support for complex international litigation and arbitration; identification of assets in the context of arbitral or other judgements; fraud and internal investigations; e-discovery and forensic services for the handling of electronic evidence.
Customers for our political risk analysis – many of them on retainer – include international energy companies, in particular in mining and oil and gas, consumer electronics and technology majors, banks and private equity firms.
Our business intelligence clients include large corporates, often considering acquisitions or partnerships in emerging markets, banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, family offices, insurance companies and other businesses.
We are usually instructed for this work by the Dispute Resolution and/or Fraud teams of multinational law firms, and have worked for most of the largest law firms globally. We are also directly engaged by HNWIs, family offices and in-house general counsel.
How we work
We tailor each investigation to the client’s requirements, drawing on relevant in-country experience and language capabilities to provide the right team. We use a variety of methods to gather our intelligence:
The full spectrum of publicly accessible information – from media, social media, blogs and corporate filings to information that is hard to find and not electronically stored – in multiple languages and from every relevant jurisdiction
Retrieval of documents that are not fully accessible or are only available with permitted access, for example: regional-level litigation, criminal litigation in certain countries, evidence of travel or physically archived corporate documents
Critical data and insight from sources who have direct contact with or indirect knowledge of the subject(s) of interest, which we always seek to evaluate, triangulate and cross-reference
Confidentiality, anti-bribery and ethical standards
• Client confidentiality is paramount. We maintain scrupulous operational security; we minimise the amount of proprietary data we take into politically sensitive countries; we strive to ensure that any approaches to sources are carefully managed and do not put our – or our client’s – reputation at risk;
• We adhere to all applicable laws in the countries in which we operate;
• We do nothing that is ‘grey’, questionable, or that might reasonably be considered as such;
• We do not pay serving government officials or competitor employees for information;
• Retained sources sign strict anti-bribery/FCPA agreements.
"GPW marks the rise of a new breed of sophisticated, globally networked and agile firms that have opened up clear water between themselves and larger risk consultancies."