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Nardello & Co. Expansion Press Release: Dubai Office Opening, 3 Senior Hires

21 January 2014

Nardello & Co.  is extending its global reach with its new office opening in Dubai and senior-level hires in Washington and Hong Kong. We are proud to announce Ryan Sparacino in our Washington, DC office as Managing Director who joins us from Pillsbury where he was a litigator with extensive experience in corporate investigations. Leading our new Dubai office is Rana Feghali who rejoins Nardello & Co. as Director after working for Deloitte Corporate Finance Ltd in Dubai. Expanding our Asia practice is Chris Pechstedt residing in our Hong Kong office who brings a wealth of investigative and linguistic expertise. Nardello & Co. is proud to kick off 2014 with the addition of these excellent investigators. Read more here.

Pillsbury Lawyer Ryan Sparacino Joins Nardello & Co.

21 January 2014

The firm is proud to announce former Pillsbury litigator, Ryan Sparacino, who has joined the firm as Managing Director in the firm’s Washington DC office. Ryan focuses his practice on investigative support to law firms and corporate clients for virtually every manner of investigation, from white collar matters to complex civil litigation to compliance and counseling.  Prior to joining Nardello & Co., Ryan worked for nearly a decade at two prominent international law firms. Ryan’s experience includes litigation and investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Travel Act, UK Bribery Act, criminal antitrust regulation, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, consumer fraud statutes, trade secrets, labor/employment and whistleblower matters and complex commercial litigation. His experience in these areas includes representation of both corporations and individuals. Ryan has appeared before numerous federal and state courts, and has successfully argued an array of motions, including dispositive motions. He also has extensive experience with pro bono work, with particular emphasis on representation of military service personnel and their families.  Prior to joining Nardello & Co., Ryan was named as a “Rising Star” by DC Super Lawyers in their 2014 publication. Ryan is a graduate, J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2004, and the William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition semi-finalist. He earned his B.S., Northwestern University, 2000, and was National Debate Tournament champion, 1998-1999.

Rana Feghali Joins as Director in Nardello & Co.’s New Dubai office

21 January 2014

Nardello & Co. is pleased to announce the arrival of Rana Feghali as Director in the firm’s new Dubai office. She is an expert in conducting investigations throughout the Middle East and North Africa where she has lived, worked and traveled extensively. Rana joined Nardello & Co.’s London office in 2010 and managed numerous investigations, including a wide range of pre-transactional and third party due diligence; anti-corruption and internal investigation projects; litigation support matters; and asset searches. She has also spoken on the risks of doing business in the Middle East and North Africa at international conferences.  Having lived in the Middle East for many years, Rana draws on her experience and her fluency in Arabic and French to assist clients with understanding the local business environment. Rana began her career as a journalist at Arab newspapers in Lebanon and the UK, notably Asharq Alawsat. She undertook research on business and political developments in Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf region. The firm’s MENA practice is headed by Martin Stone, Managing Director, in our firm’s London office. Rana is a graduate of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Chris Pechstedt Joins as Director in Nardello & Co.’s Hong Kong office

21 January 2014

Nardello & Co. is pleased to announce the arrival of Chris Pechstedt who comes to Nardello & Co. from a senior position at an Asian risk-consulting firm. He is a Mandarin speaker and China specialist. He has lived in Asia for a decade and worked in investigations in China for more than five years, specializing in complex internal-fraud cases, litigation support, and crisis management. Chris earned a BA in English literature from Pomona College and has completed a graduate program in Chinese studies at SAIS in Nanjing. Ben Rowse is Managing Director and head of the firm’s Asia-Pacific practice.



Q&A: Dan Nardello on litigation support and the 2014 gumshoe  2/18/2014 | REUTERS LEGAL

Nardello started his firm a decade ago in London and now has offices in seven cities and says the expansion was a product of growth in litigation support work, particularly in cases coming out of the crash.


The FCPA Report- People Moves- Feb 5, 2014

Nardello & Co. Expands Global Investigation Practice with New Hires in D.C., Hong Kong and Dubai


The Washington Post’s Capital Business- Jan 27, 2014

“New Job: New York-based corporate investigations firm Nardello & Co. said it has named Ryan Sparacino managing director of its Washington Office.  He joins from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he was a member of the litigation and white collar practices.” (page 10)


Nardello & Co. Expands Global Investigation Practice Compliance Week-Jan 27, 2014

Nardello & Co, an international investigation firm, is extending its global reach with senior-level hires in Washington DC, Hong Kong and 


People Moves: FCC, IPSA International, Aflac Wall Street Journal (blog)-Jan 23, 2014

Investigations firm Nardello & Co. said Ryan Sparacino joined as managing director of the firm’s Washington office and also announced that it’s 


Brazilian Firms Brace For New Anti-Bribery Enforcement  Law 360-Oct 30, 2013

In that case, Daniel Nardello, founder of investigative firm Nardello & Co., recommended trying to back into records considered private by 

Intelligence services aim to help buy-side

08 October 2013 | Financial News

Nardello & Co.’s Nicholas Peck speaks with the Financial News, a Dow Jones publication, about how important it is for asset managers to exercise due diligence when making investments and assessing risk. The article provides comprehensive insight into the complexities of due diligence in the investment context in cross border entities.

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China corruption probes prompt compliance rigor

30 September 2013 | Private Equity Analyst

Nardello & Co.’s Ben Rowse is interviewed by the Private Equity Analyst, a Dow Jones publication, about recent corruption probes in China, the associated risks of investing in a Chinese deal and, the increased need for compliance rigor.

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For more information or to read the full article, please contact Tara MacMillan or Ben Rowse

Conducting anti-corruption due diligence on third parties

26 September 2013 | The FCPA Report

Nardello & Co. is interviewed by Nicole Di Schino of The FCPA Report for their series, “Conducting Anti-Corruption Due Diligence on Third Parties”.  The Nardello team discusses some of the risks of retaining third parties and the most effective ways of conducting due diligence to alleviate these risks.

Nichols Peck gives examples of third parties on whom due diligence should be directed: “Companies should focus on whether an agent has other government contracts, for example whether it needs licenses from the government to operate”. He goes on to say “Companies often don’t think about the agents who are already in place. They think, ‘I’ve been working with that guy for ten years’, and don’t think to do a due diligence investigation”.

Daniel Nardello stresses the importance of having set due diligence policies and procedures. When asked if he thought these should be written, he replies “Nowadays they have to be written because a corporation has to be able to prove that they exist. Additionally, if a company is serious about due diligence, particularly big multinational corporations, the policies have to be written, they have to be communicated to employees, and people have to be able to consult them”.

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Corporate transparency threatened by proposed legislation in Hong Kong

09 January 2013 | The New York Times

Neil Gough of The New York Times exposes pending legislation that would cloud existing corporate transparency in Hong Kong in his article which also appeared in the International Herald Tribune: “Hong Kong Moves to Limit Information on Executives.”  Ben Rowse, comments on how these laws, included in a package proposed to the local legislatures, could greatly impact the way investors, investigators and journalists are able to do their jobs. “If these changes go through, it would be a sad day for Hong Kong, which generally has been a beacon of transparency in a region where opacity is rife.”

Ben continues on to mention the importance of the information these laws are trying to regulate, saying “[the information is] extremely important, particularly when you are trying to work out the existence of any related party transactions or conflicts of interest that may have not been disclosed to a potential investor or business partner.”

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Nardello & Co. cited in The New York Times DealBook

2013 | DealBook

Reporting on growth trends in the international investigations community, Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times DealBook notes, “. . . companies today are increasingly using investigative firms like . . . Nardello & Co. to supplement their own in-house compliance and legal programs.”

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