An international law firm engaged Nardello & Co. on behalf of its client, a multinational conglomerate, to conduct in-depth background investigations into two individuals in Guatemala who were adverse parties in litigation involving a large infrastructure project. The client believed that the subjects, who had provided the multinational with consulting services on the project, had not acted in the client’s best interests due to their personal and professional associations with key government officials. The client wanted to understand the nature of these connections and whether the progress of their lawsuit could be hampered as a result.
Despite the challenges of conducting a sensitive investigation in a country with such a small universe of political and professional elite, we were able to determine through public record research and discreet source inquiries that one of the individuals was a prominent member of the legal community and had significant influence over many high-ranking officials and judges. Sources we spoke to believed there was a likelihood that the client’s legal efforts could be hindered as a result. In addition, both subjects had been involved in a large investment project that was embroiled in scandal and were under scrutiny by prosecutors for corruption and influence peddling.
Our findings provided the client with critical details to assist in its litigation strategy.