We believe that business relationships must be founded on trust. Knowing who you’re dealing with is the first step. Our background investigations are designed to provide you with a complete picture of management teams, fund managers, executive hires, business partners and vendors—allowing you to transact with confidence.
- believe a consultative approach is best for our clients
- are constantly adding the latest data sources to extend our access to critical information
- leverage exclusive search strategies to find and analyze the information you need
- know how to deal with common names to avoid false positives
- communicate pro-actively and consistently throughout your project
- get you answers for a flat fee – we are not interested in change orders
- are experts at resolving sensitive issues using specialized investigative techniques such as interviews, computer forensics and surveillance
- produce the highest quality reports with insightful recommendations for easy reading and informed decision making
Private Equity and Venture Capital Investments
Private equity and venture capital investors have the highest standards for people due diligence because a successful investment is often dependent on the management team or entrepreneur. The growth and success of CRI over the past 25 years has been driven by more than 250 active private equity and venture capital clients. Our background investigations are designed to meet the needs of prudent investors that insist on a rigorous approach to due diligence.
Private Equity Deals
Who to Investigate: Key Executives (C-Suites), Founders, Investors/Owners, Company and Affiliates
Our team of investigative experts knows how to find critical information that private equity investors must be aware of between signing the LOI and closing the deal. Our Level One Investigation is a deep dive review designed to provide investors with a comprehensive profile of management teams and other stakeholders involved in a transaction. This exhaustive review covers multiple jurisdictions where the subject has worked and lived and delves into the performance and qualifications of the management team. With the trained eye of our investigative analysts, we seek to not only confirm what has been represented to you but also to make sure there are no surprises. While we sometimes discover information that kills a deal (outlandish criminal behavior; regulatory sanctions; fraud) we more often uncover intelligence that leads to an enhanced perspective or restructuring of deal terms.
Venture Capital Investments
Who to Investigate: Founders/Entrepreneurs, Key Executives (C-Suites), Investors/Owners
Our venture capital clients prefer a distinct scope of research as they explore new opportunities, whether they are making an early or late stage investment. Venture capital firms need to make sure they are backing someone they can trust to grow a business and protect their reputation as prudent and thoughtful investors. Our Prospect Investigation includes a review of social media and online presence, negative publicity, education credentials and professional licenses, regulatory and sanction databases and global watchlists. The targeted scope of the Prospect Investigation is designed specifically for our venture capital clients who are interested in the highlights of a subject’s background within a quicker turnaround time.
Fund Manager Selection
Who to Investigate: General Partners, Key Executives and Investment Decision Makers, Fund and Fund Entities/Affiliates
Our team of experts plays a critical role in the operational due diligence review of new and existing managers across the globe for funds of funds, pension funds and family offices. Our Fund Manager Investigation is designed to highlight any conflicts of interest, regulatory actions, misrepresentations of credentials or career history, criminal records and other activities that might impact the manager’s ability to perform and operate in accordance with your expectations. The scope of this investigation is enhanced by a review of industry-specific trade journals, publications and regulatory sources to shed more light on the manager’s reputation.
For the fund, we assess involvement in disciplinary actions, controversial investments or relationships and, of course, litigation. We also review feeder funds and other affiliated entities in additional jurisdictions such as Cayman Islands, Jersey (Channel Islands) and other international locations.
Executive Hiring and Board Member Appointments
Who to Investigate: Executive and High Impact Hires, Public and Private Company Board Members
To protect your company’s reputation and preserve corporate culture you need to know exactly who you’re hiring. Issues in someone’s past can be extremely damaging once surfaced by your clients, investors or most crippling of all — the press.
Basic employee screening products are not sufficient for executives and board members so we designed the Executive Investigation to provide you with a complete picture of your candidate. This review includes personal and professional reference interviews conducted by our expert staff. References can be provided to CRI and we independently develop our own list of references throughout the course of our investigation to ensure a balanced perspective.
If you prefer to interview references yourself, our Level One Investigation will still allow you to make an informed hiring decision. Earlier in the search process, the Prospect Investigation is a cost-effective way to narrow down your list of finalists who will ultimately be subject to a more thorough background investigation. Typical investigations cover criminal history, civil litigation, business interests, verification of credentials and certifications, global regulatory review, traditional and social media, consumer credit and motor vehicle review, and include expert analysis and recommendations.
Pre-Engagement and Vendor Screening
Who to Investigate: Prospective Clients and Business Partners, Vendors and Third-Party Relationships
Carefully evaluating new relationships is critical to protecting your company’s assets and reputation. An appropriately scoped investigation will identify threats and others risks associated with third parties you intend to deal with across the globe. The same expert methodology used in our background investigations is applied to these customizable assessments. Our team of experts works with you to develop this component of your overall risk management program using a combination of different products including our Company, Level Three and Prospect Investigation. These investigations typically cover criminal history, civil litigation, business interests, verification of credentials and certifications, global regulatory review, traditional and social media, consumer credit and motor vehicle review, and include expert analysis and recommendations.
International Due Diligence
Who to Investigate: Key Executives (C-Suites), Business Partners, Fund Managers and Companies
Our ability to conduct investigations goes beyond U.S. borders. CRI’s global background investigations are spearheaded by our team of international public record specialists and are complemented by our exclusive vetted network of investigators located across the globe. Our “best in breed” local partners are comprised of former FBI, CIA and other federal agents who have the resources and expertise required to gather intelligence for our clients. We have conducted investigations in over 75 countries. The best part about our international investigations? The information is presented in the same manner as our US investigations: succinctly, clearly and intelligently. No decoder ring necessary.
Mergers & Acquisitions and IPOs
Key Executives (C-Suites), Founders, Owners, Board Members, Affiliated Entities
Before acquiring another company, making a large investment, engaging in a joint venture or taking a company public, it is important to know who you are dealing with and mitigate any risks you may not be aware of. Depending on the scope and size of your deal and the key players involved, our Level One, Level Two and Level Three Investigations can be used in a mixed approach to focus research on the most important executives without ignoring other potential sources of risk. Not only are our investigative analysts trained to locate, analyze, and report potential red flags they are also skilled at parsing seemingly innocuous information they find throughout the investigation to identify additional intelligence that may be relevant to your deal. In the case of cross-border deals, where risks may be elevated, you benefit from on-the-ground research in the relevant overseas jurisdictions complemented by the same succinct, clear and intelligent presentation of our U.S. reports.