Financial industries throughout
the world are under constant scrutiny and are faced with the
challenge of maintaining the
reputation, integrity, and honesty of their businesses and employees. The old adage of businesses
- to "know your
customer" - has been expanded to "know yourselves and your
associates." A poor decision in hiring or associating with the
wrong entity or individual can be disastrous for a company.
Business professionals agree that the value of a company can be eroded
by a lack of adequate oversight or poor decision making on
fundamental issues, and this is a recipe for failure. In a highly
competitive business environment, the protection of current and
future intellectual property is essential for a company's growth
and survival. Shareholder value, investor confidence, and
employee morale can be irreparably shaken or damaged by a single,
avoidable lapse in judgment.
Due diligence investigations can provide businesses with the
appropriate intelligence information and enable them to make
informed decisions regarding partnerships, joint ventures,
mergers, and other business arrangements. Exercising due
diligence increases efficiency and effectiveness in company
operations. Furthermore, it can assist companies in meeting
businesses' goals and objectives in a timely manner.
Martino Consulting and Investigative Services Inc. utilizes a
wide variety of investigative techniques in conducting due
diligence investigations. Upon consultation with the client, the
firm will design a due diligence plan, which can discretely limit
these techniques to public record searches or expand to in-depth
investigations based on the needs of the client.
BACKGROUND AND ASSET INVESTIGATIONS
The most important resource of any successful organization is its
employees. Today, mergers, consolidations, and acquisitions are common,
and employee turnover is high. In some cases, employees no longer feel the
need to prioritize their loyalty to the company. Technology has enabled
companies to expand markets exponentially and outsource responsibilities at
an ever-increasing rate. At the same time, companies have become more
vulnerable with increasing exposure to the threat of theft of trade secrets,
intellectual property, and other proprietary information. Although vigilant
computer security can detect or impede some of these thefts, exploitation of
sensitive information by unscrupulous individuals can be far more damaging, undermining the character, reputation,
and viability of a company.
Effective and objective background investigations provide valuable
information in the pre-employment phase of hiring personnel. Additionally,
these investigations can be used to verify information on job applications, resumes,
and business proposals, and can be adapted for each client. A thorough background
investigation may uncover derogatory information that can be properly
vetted to assist in the decision-making process. Background investigations
can be focused on records only or augmented with personal interviews at the
request of the client. In litigation matters, background investigations can
provide attorneys with invaluable information concerning the opposing
parties. Background investigations can provide insight into the
character, reputation, and ability of a business or individual party.
Asset investigations can provide information about the net worth of an
individual or company, which can be linked to financial statements and other
accounting records. Also, assets may be hidden or grossly inflated
deliberately by individuals and companies for the purpose of fraud. In the
event that a judgment is rendered as a result of litigation, the prevailing
party has the ability, in many cases, to affect the disposition of
identifiable assets in seeking damages. An asset investigation can assist an
attorney and/or client in making decisions as to the potential value of
litigation and the viability of a case.
Martino Consulting and Investigative Services Inc. utilizes a wide
variety of databases in conducting investigations on behalf
our clients. The firm makes every effort to gather as much pertinent
intelligence and information as possible in furtherance of client needs. We
routinely review the sources of information and evaluate performance of
various vendors on an on-going basis.
In conducting these investigations, it is extremely important
that the client provide as much identifying information as
possible regarding the business entity or individual of
interest. The firm's goal is to be an efficient and effective
resource for the client.