Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps
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Betsy Blumenthal is a Senior Managing Director with Kroll’s Business Intelligence and Investigations practice and head of the San Francisco office. With a background in marketing, politics, and non-profit organizations, Betsy provides her clients with a wealth of diverse experience and business perspective. Betsy is frequently engaged by corporations and high-net-worth individuals for her investigative and advisory expertise, and is often entrusted with resolving highly sensitive professional and private matters. She leads a multidisciplinary team on a substantial array of business transactions, many involving multinational corporations and private equity firms, that includes pre-transaction domestic and international due diligence investigations, business intelligence assignments, monitoring, and internal investigations.
Prior to joining Kroll, Betsy served as Deputy Finance Chair for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C. Earlier in her career, Betsy worked at Home Box Office, the special equities department at LF Rothschild, and for American Express on the 1984 Summer Olympics.
- Pre-Transaction Research
Betsy has directed numerous custom-tailored investigations for private equity firms and corporations seeking strategic information prior to investments. In one assignment involving a potential multimillion-dollar deal, Betsy led a team of investigators who by meticulously combing through an inordinate amount of public records were able to find significant previously undisclosed relationships. This information aided the client in negotiating more advantageous terms.
- Internal Investigations
A financial institution engaged Kroll after proprietary information and confidential details about operational expenditures were leaked on a public social sharing site. Betsy’s team was able to trace the activity to an ex-employee who had been separated months earlier. Although the individual had passed the client’s usual pre-employment screening, Kroll investigators discovered this person had engaged in malicious criminal behavior in the past.
- Global Market Entry Business Intelligence
Over the years, Betsy has managed a number of projects for clients who have retained Kroll to help them better understand the regulatory and competitive landscape ahead of prospective investments. One such assignment involved a multinational company considering market entry into a region that would potentially reach multibillion-dollar status. With the client’s interests focused on six specific countries, Betsy provided the organizational methodology and team leadership to provide the client with actionable information on considerations such as customs, taxes, potential corruption and compliance risks, and geopolitical concerns. Throughout the course of the assignment, Betsy’s team conducted hundred of interviews with sources that included local business leaders, government employees, competitors, and former employees. Based on the comprehensive information that Betsy and her team provided, the client decided to forego expansion in the region.
- Proactive Anti-Trust Monitoring Project
A large multinational client operating in a very complex industry on six continents needed to divest a company it owned in order to close on a larger deal. The client wanted to proactively ensure there were no violations of the transitional service agreement (TSA) and engaged Kroll to determine if any noncompliant activities could be taking place. Betsy coordinated operations across seven Kroll offices strategically located in the client’s global geographic footprint, where investigators used various methods to assess local business compliance with the TSA.
- Foreign Organized Crime Influence
Betsy has assisted numerous clients who were considering international M&A deals to determine the existence or assess the scope of involvement of foreign organized crime in the operations of target acquisitions or partners.
- High-Net-Worth Families and Individuals
Betsy has worked very closely with clients who have had highly sensitive or unusual personal matters. Leveraging the full global resources of the firm, Betsy has both advised clients on safety and security protocols and also discreetly resolved situations that have representatively included missing persons, stalking, and blackmail.
Education & Certification
- B.A., American University
- International Rescue Committee, Overseer
- East Harlem Tutorial Program, Auxiliary Board Member
- Peer Health Exchange, National Board Member and San Francisco Advisory Board Chair