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November 2020
FCPA Defendants Shouldn’t Take the Heat Alone

These days, when it comes to enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the buck often stops at an individual executive’s desk, not at the door of the company’s legal department. For those in the prosecutorial crosshairs, personal exposureread more

November 2020
Blind Followers: Popular Misconceptions About Surveillance

Inspector Javert may not have been a kind man, but he was a thorough professional, the right man to infiltrate the students’ movement and to help quash the Paris Uprising of 1832. He did as he promised when, in theread more

October 2020
Don’t Let the Pandemic Launch Your New Product For You

With an economy stalled by the pandemic, companies are keeping new products under wraps and waiting for a better time to launch. But the longer new product campaigns are delayed, the more vulnerable they become to having specs leaked toread more

September 2020
Private Eyes & Public Profiles: The Ethics of Using Social Media in Investigations

As the events—both inconsequential and monumental—in people’s lives have spread onto Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, TikTok, and other platforms, a record has been created of comings and goings, personal opinions and piques, that can be a trove for private investigators.read more

September 2020
Malaise Till Kingdom Come: Pro-Democracy Protests Push Thailand Into Uncharted Territory

A mass of university students giving the three-fingered Hunger Games salute. Calls for democracy and the end of authoritarian rule. A grassroots movement without a political party whose preferred organizing tools are social media groups and encrypted messenger applications. Onread more

August 2020
Impeaching the Credibility of a Government Witness

In most criminal trials, the testimony of a cooperating witness is a key, if not essential, part of the government’s case. No one knows the facts of a criminal conspiracy better than a participant in that conspiracy, or so theread more

August 2020
Using Investigators in Workouts, Restructurings, and Bankruptcies

Given the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus, experts expect a tidal wave of bankruptcies. We are already seeing the growing crest of that wave with Chapter 11 filings by household names such as Neiman Marcus, JCPenney, J.Crew, Hertz, andread more

July 2020
China Watching Leadership Tussle Within Japan’s Ruling Party for Policy Recalibration

With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s third term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) expiring in September 2021, China will be keeping a close eye on the political machinations that could determine whether his successor recalibrates Japan’s approachread more

June 2020
Sovereign Asset Tracing: A Whole New World

Finding and successfully attaching sovereign assets often seems impossibly daunting. With seemingly endless resources and the protections of legal concepts like sovereign immunity, sovereign states and their leaders are well–insulated from monetary judgments. Now, however, new transparency policies, recent legalread more

June 2020
Global Realities: How to Intelligently Rethink Supply Chains

The COVID–19 pandemic has made real for many US companies a concern long held by US national security experts: for industries dependent on key materials solely manufactured in China, the country is a single point of failure, where any breakdownread more

May 2020
Hong Kong’s Summer of Discontent 2.0

Last week’s opening of the annual plenary meetings of the National People’s Congress (“NPC”) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference included an unwelcome surprise for Hong Kong: the announcement that the NPC will enact national security legislation in theread more

May 2020
Private Investigators and the GDPR: Be Careful What You Ask For—You May Get It

Two years after the implementation of the most ambitious privacy regime in history, data protection agencies remain woefully understaffed, with referrals growing and resources lagging far behind, according to a complaint filed recently with the European Commission. Yet, while theyread more

May 2020
ESG: Activists’ New BFF

For 33 years, Lee Raymond has served on the board of directors of JPMorgan Chase & Co. But, according to a recent op–ed in The New York Times by environmentalist Bill McKibben, it’s time for him to go. His re–electionread more

May 2020
Heads Up: Short Sellers Are Not Quarantined

Having conducted numerous short seller investigations over the past 20 years, I was interested in the recent Wall Street Journal report that short sales hit their highest level since 2016 despite the fact that—as the market sustained large losses fromread more

April 2020
China Plus 10? In the Wake of COVID–19, Manufacturers Will Face an Ever More Diffuse World

Within the lexicon of global business, few expressions have gained as much currency in recent years as “China Plus One.” Often employed as a catch–all distillation of the tectonic shifts occurring in global manufacturing, the term fares less well asread more

April 2020
The Cyber Threat Epidemic

As organizations struggle to meet the challenges of the COVID–19 pandemic, they should be clear–eyed in evaluating the cyber risks facing them. In the rush to implement widespread remote working, IT teams are being stretched thin. Anxious for accurate informationread more

April 2020
What Do Gumshoes Do When They Can’t Pound the Pavement?

The film noir image of the hard–bitten private eye does not feature him (and it is always a him) sitting at his desk looking through documents. He is out and about, whether following the bad guysread more

April 2020
Nardello & Co.’s Checklist for Using Zoom Securely

As businesses shift to widespread remote–working arrangements, they rely heavily on online meeting platforms, like Zoom™. Nardello & Co.’s Digital Investigations and Cyber Defense Practice has put together a checklist to help you reduce the risk of Zoom meeting compromisesread more

October 2019
The Gloves Are Coming Off as Shareholder Activists Look Towards Europe: How Companies Can Prepare to Fight Back

While shareholder activism has historically been a US affair, it is starting to put down deep roots in Europe. In recent years, hedge funds’ underperformance relative to equities, combined with their contested fee structure and institutional investors’ increasing acceptance forread more

August 2019
Batten Down the Hatches: The “Perfect Storm” for White Collar Crime is About to Hit China

After breaking up a fraud ring inside his US company’s operations in China, “Peter” (as I shall refer to him here) hardly had the chance to draw breath before discovering a separate group of coworkers engaged in the same scheme—fakingreadread more

April 2019
Defending Against Shareholder Activist Attacks: Identifying Their Vulnerabilities (And Yours, Too)

Activist investors typically target a company due to perceived performance issues, questioning the merits of a company’s business strategy and lamenting weak shareholder returns. Such criticism is certainly fair game for any shareholder, and all companies should be prepared toread more

March 2019
Finding the Skeletons in Your Closet—Before the Media Does

Front pages across America lit up in early February with the revelation that Virginia governor Ralph Northam was indeed one of those in a college yearbook photo showing one white person dressed in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan regalia.1 Justreadread more

February 2019
On the Brink of Regime Change in Venezuela, Here’s Why Creditors Should Still Worry

With regime change in Venezuela appearing imminent, international creditors and companies seeking compensation for government expropriations may feel more hopeful about their chances of recovery than at any time in recent memory. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, these hopesread more

January 2019
Japan’s Attempts to Help Banks Vet Yakuza Links Fall Short

When Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) announced last January that it would allow Japanese banks to vet potential customers against its closely held database of organized crime or yakuza members, the news was met with cautious optimism. The yakuza – officially referredread more

August 2018
Hot Topics and Current Trends in Public Corruption Investigations

Investigating and charging public officials for corruption is not new, but the number of arrests, charges, and convictions of public officials has increased rapidly over the last few years. With an eye to what is prevalent, this article will exploreread more

July 2018
“Safeguarding” Aid Workers: The Importance of Rooting Out Bad Actors

A recent series of alarming revelations of widespread sexual misconduct by international aid workers – both against other workers and aid recipients – and attempts to cover up the scandals are fueling unprecedented pressure on aid organizations to step upread more

March 2018
What China’s New Anti-Corruption Agency Means for Foreign Firms

China’s creation of a National Supervisory Commission, passed into law on 20 March 2018, marks the birth of a powerful new state body with broad powers to tackle bribery and abuse of office throughout the public sector. This potentially spellsread more

January 2018
Keeping Predators Out of the Corner Office

Not every noxious cloud has a silver lining, but the recent rash of sexual misconduct allegations and scandals, catalyzed by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein, has had several. In addition to exposing and hopefully uprooting a culture of silence, itread more

September 2017
The New Cyber Reality: A Perpetual State of Breach

Just as individuals and organizations were digesting the implications of the massive Equifax data breach, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) dropped another cyber-bombshell last week, announcing a serious compromise in 2016 of “EDGAR,” the Commission’s system for housing documentsread more

September 2017
The Equifax Data Breach – What You Need To Know

In the wake of Equifax Inc.’s recent data breach announcement, inpiduals and corporations around the world are asking “What does this mean for me?” and, more importantly, “What should I do about it?” What Happened On Sept. 7, 2017, Equifaxread more

June 2017
The Case for Lateral Partner Due Diligence

A law firm’s reputation is built on the conduct of its partners. Firms have traditionally promoted from within, a thoughtful and incremental process. Today, however, it has become much more common to recruit partner-level candidates from competitors. Lateral recruiting canread more

February 2017
Conducting Corporate Investigations in Africa

With some exceptions, corporate investigations in Africa present greater challenges and complexities than typically found in North America or Western Europe. While generalisation is dangerous in a continent of 55 jurisdictions with varying economic, political, social and linguistic characteristics, thereread more

August 2016
Uber’s Rogue Investigators Cause Federal Judge’s Temper to Surge

Judge Jed Rakoff’s decision issued on July 25th in the Meyer v. Kalanick case pending in the Southern District of New York serves as a reminder of the ethical rule that as an attorney, the actions of your investigator areread more

August 2016
Corporate Spies Must Toe the Line

Private investigators don’t do what Hollywood would have you think they do. Not legally, at least. They can’t smack people around, like Sam Spade did in The Maltese Falcon, or sneak into crime scenes, like Philip Marlowe did in theread more

July 2016
Two Cheers for the Modern Slavery Act?

Though more than 150 years have passed since the abolition of slavery in the United Kingdom, there are an estimated 21 to 35 million people working under slave-like conditions globally. In a recent attempt to address this shameful statistic, theread more

June 2016
Murky Waters: Navigating Business & Politics in Asia

Politics and business intertwine in a unique way in Asia, where state-run economies, crony capitalism and social networks prevail. These three forces are present across the region, though they manifest differently from country to country; understanding their influence is essentialread more

May 2016
Implications of the Panama Papers for Panama and Beyond

When the Panama Papers were first revealed last month, the country of Panama found itself at the center of a world-wide storm of financial disclosures. The largest data leak in history, the Panama Papers encompass 11.5 million documents from aread more

December 2015
Investigative Due Diligence: Beyond Google

Due diligence has become a standard component of most major business transactions. Anti-corruption laws, such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act, and anti-money laundering laws, such as the US Patriot Act, place an onusread more

April 2015
Independent Investigation into NYU Abu Dhabi Campus Allegations

As you may have seen, on April 16th we issued our report summarizing the results of our investigation into allegations made by several news organizations and NGOs about abusive labor practices for the thousands of migrant workers involved in buildingread more

April 2014
Wasta: Connections or Corruption in the Arab World

In the wake of the Arab Spring, corruption has become one of the Arab World’s most talked about problems. Islam strictly prohibits corruption and there are undoubtedly many in the Arab World who take the Quran’s injunction seriously: “And doread more