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Conducting Anti-Corruption Due Diligence on Third Parties

Nicole Di Schino of The FCPA Report interviews Nardello & Co. 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.

Nicholas 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.”

Dan 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.”read more

Nardello adds to London and NY offices

The international investigation and M&A due diligence firm announced two new hires. Martin Stone and Thomas Feeney joined Nardello’s London and New York offices, respectively, as managing directors.

Stone, whose investigative career spans more than 20 years, specializes in matters involving the Middle East and North Africa. Earlier in his career, he worked at Deloitte, where he established and led a forensic practice. Feeney specializes in litigation support and corporate investigations. Prior to joining Nardello, Feeney worked for Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP where he led numerous investigations involving the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, bribery, fraud and embezzlement for their white collar criminal defense and internal investigations practice. Before that, Feeney served for a decade as a US Postal Inspector in New York.

Risk Management Firm Plays It Smart

An increased client base in the region and an untapped local market propelled Nardello & Co. Ltd to set up its regional headquarters for Asia in Hong Kong.

Nardello & Co. Ltd is a recognized leader in the global investigative sector. With offices in New York, London, Washington DC, Milan and now Hong Kong, the firm offers a broad range of services globally, including litigation support, due diligence, fraud investigations, business intelligence, asset tracing and anti-corruption investigations.

“We were doing an enormous amount of work in the Greater China region. Many of our clients have offices in Hong Kong, and it seemed logical that we could serve them well by also having a strong visible presence here. Since a great deal of work also involves providing due diligence in Mainland China, this is a perfect city to locate our Asia practice,” said Ben Rowse, the firm’s Managing Director and Head of Asia Practice.read more