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Executive Leadership

Martin Stone

Partner & Regional Head, EMEA
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Martin Stone is a Partner and Regional Head of the firm’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Practice, which is based in London. An experienced investigator, political analyst, author, and Arabic speaker, Martin directs the firm’s investigations across the EMEA region. He manages the firm’s regional staff and assists clients in understanding the risks and rewards associated with working in these regions. Originally specializing in matters involving North Africa and the Middle East, Martin brings more than 25 years of expertise managing complex, multi-jurisdictional investigations and conducting political and country risk analysis for law firms, financial companies, and corporations.

Prior to joining Nardello & Co., Martin managed teams of corporate investigators and analysts on behalf of several international management consultancy firms. Most recently, for a London-based risk management firm, he helped establish and manage its Dubai office and operations, recruiting and training staff in London and the UAE. He also managed numerous anti-corruption due diligence, political risk and corporate intelligence investigations in the Middle East and North Africa.

Previously, Martin was a director in the political and professional risk divisions at a leading risk management and insurance intermediary. He led that firm’s marketing efforts to law firms, financial services, and other multinationals, particularly in the Gulf region. Earlier, Martin established and then led the first country and political risk consultancy practice within the forensic practice at a ‘Big Four’ accounting firm in London. He joined that firm after having managed and directed a research team at a global security risk firm, maintaining specific responsibility for research in the Middle East.

Martin is the author of The Agony of Algeria, published by the Columbia University Press, and has written numerous articles in the past two decades focusing on political risk. He has also spoken on integrity, business, political, and security risk, and all aspects of crisis management to business and academic audiences throughout the EU, North America, the Gulf, and Asia.

Martin Stone is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, where he received an MA (Hons) in Arabic with Turkish and an MBA from the Open University in the UK.

Representative matters:

  • On behalf of a law firm, Martin supervised a multi-jurisdictional investigation into allegations of corruption and nepotism made by a whistle-blower against the local and foreign executives of a European energy company in a west African country. Digital forensic and accounting analysis, source interviews and site visits were conducted to corroborate the allegations and identify those responsible.
  • Martin managed and participated in a complex investigation to gather intelligence and evidence on behalf of a European client whose substantial investment in an industrial facility had been effectively expropriated illegally by a south-east European government. Deep searches of the public domain were supplemented by interviews with a series of sources familiar with the matter across south-east Europe, which assisted the client in complex international arbitration.
  • On behalf of US investors, Martin led an investigation into an investment firm recently established in Dubai, which claimed to be well-connected with regional governments and ruling families. Extensive research and discreet source enquiries in the UAE, the Gulf and the US revealed that the firm’s principal had an extensive criminal record in the US for fraud and regulatory disqualifications in several European countries for misrepresentation and financial misconduct.

Martin Stone

Partner & Regional Head, EMEA

5 Norwich Street
London EC4A 1EJ
T: +44 (0)20 7079 5900
F: +44 (0)20 7079 5919


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