If you do not perform a real background cheek on those you hire, you are a fool. Much more so if you are selecting board members, acquiring other firms, investing large sums of money (your’s or anyone else’s money) or granting licenses or citizenship.
We have and continue to conduct comprehensive background checks on persons and companies about the world. We have found prospective CEOs that have fabricated degrees, brothers fronting for their siblings who are specially designated nationals (sanctioned or suspect terrorist), former functionaries of deposed dictators trying to hide money, a director of a large family of funds being sued for financial fraud in the states, and so much more. In the time of phenominal mobility and the proliferation of “Linked-In” actors – you have to check and verify.
The scope of background investigations required depends upon the amount of damage the person can have upon the client either from liability issues or misconduct. Andorra to Zimbabwe and most of the countries in between we have investigated people and business. Need to know the full information of business man from Kazakhstan, we have done that. Need information on an oligarch from Odessa, we have done that. Need the details of a business in Xi’an – we have done that. Need verification of the history of a Doctor from Dar es Salaam, we have done that. Wish to have the bonafides on a company from the Emirates – we have done that too – and much more.