Tue, Apr 19, 2022

Staying Ahead in Australia with Kroll's Forensic Investigations and Intelligence Expertise

When You Need to Know—Anywhere in the World: Independently Assessing Transaction Risks at Home and Abroad With Kroll.

In a world of complex environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns, evolving fraud and cybersecurity risks, volatile cross-border issues and increasing pressure to find growth overseas, companies need greater clarity ahead of decisions more than ever.

Kroll’s Sydney and Melbourne-based Forensic Investigations and Intelligence (FII) team—working alongside Kroll Valuations, Restructuring and Cyber Risk teams—can provide that clarity, anywhere in the world.

“Kroll FII develops world-class, actionable intelligence for leaders facing uncertainty,” says Cem Ozturk, head of Kroll’s FII practice for Australia and the South Pacific. “Whether in high-opacity emerging economies or highly-regulated mature markets, access to a team with the ability to source, analyse and interpret decision-critical intelligence, or forensically investigate a potential internal problem, can be critical in avoiding bad decisions and making good ones better.” 

Government and private clients alike rely on Kroll to provide independent, sophisticated assessments in the context of high-profile monitorships and in response to crises and disputes.

Kroll’s global teams can be commissioned from Australia to:

  • Conduct class-leading investigative due diligence of counterparties ahead of a transaction, including ESG and cyber risk assessments
  • Investigate internal fraud and corruption risks on the ground
  • Trace assets, identify proxies and support counsel during litigation
  • Examine supply chains for ESG/modern slavery and fraud risks
 

Deploying or receiving overseas investments, expanding into new markets and engaging with new counterparties can boost growth and diversify supply chains. But these activities also carry risks.

Investigative Support

“A global network of on-ground and properly qualified local resources can provide leadership teams with information quickly,” says Ozturk, “Kroll has these resources in spades—in a seamless global team of intelligence professionals, forensic accountants, AML/CTF experts, finance professionals and industry/regional experts.” 

Whether it’s a transaction, a new partner, accepting foreign capital, vetting social compliance in supply chains or ensuring robust ESG compliance, FII helps the world’s largest companies and financial institutions fill information gaps, mitigate risk and anticipate and resolve disputes. “We want to uncover potential sleeper risks ahead of a transaction,” says Ozturk. “But we’re also increasingly seeing clients who want counterparty asset searches as part of their diligence before entering into a relationship to identify contingency points of leverage should the relationship sour.”

Investigative support
ESG Due Diligence and Investigations

As the importance of ESG performance rises, related issues are an increasing focus of pre-transactional due diligence and post-transactional monitoring. Value creation can be sustained only if companies are well governed and the social/environmental assets underlying those returns are not depleted.

ESG due diligence and investigations
Cyber Risk Due Diligence and Investigations

Cyber risk diligence is increasingly a “must-have” component of due diligence. Confidence in cybersecurity pre-transaction avoids a post-transaction future of risks, theft, fines and costly remediation. Cybersecurity M&A diligence identifies information security risks and shortfalls in governance, operations and technology, researching undisclosed or unknown data breaches and assessing the target’s ability to detect/respond to a cybersecurity incident.

Cyber risk due diligence and investigations
Why Kroll?
  • We are global. Our 5,000+ experts possess a diverse range of industry and country experience in both mature and emerging markets. We draw on this diversity to bring together multi-disciplinary teams of experts.
  • We are local. The rapidly growing Kroll Australia team includes well-known local operational leaders and senior advisers in not only investigations, but also restructuring, valuations, cyber risk and other disciplines in a combined team.
  • We are Kroll. We are one of the most storied names in corporate investigations and intelligence. Regulators and authorities consider us truly independent and objective, and we are proud be creating value and impact for our Australian clients and communities.
 

This article was recently published in the Company Director Magazine’s April 2022 issue.

Stay Ahead with Kroll

Forensic Investigations and Intelligence

Providing clients with global investigative expertise to help make critical decisions and mitigate risk.

Cyber Risk

Incident response, digital forensics, breach notification, managed detection services, penetration testing, cyber assessments and advisory.

Valuation Advisory Services

Valuation of businesses, assets and alternative investments for financial reporting, tax and other purposes.

Restructuring

Financial and operational restructuring and enforcement of security, including investigation, preservation and realization of assets for investors, lenders and companies.

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