Any investment, any acquisition, any partnership involves risk, especially when there’s a shortfall between what you know and what you really need to know.
During the course of a transaction, we help clients understand how the behaviour and reputation of management, shareholders, suppliers and regulators can add to or undermine value in a business. We apply the same methods to markets, competitor relationships, regulatory environments, political conditions – anywhere, in fact, where the information you need cannot be found in plain sight.
A Focus on Risk
K2 conducts due diligence assignments all over the world for a wide range of corporate, financial and government clients, who rely on us to deliver unbiased judgments.
K2 investigates various aspects of potential business deals including evaluation of management teams and forensic evaluation of financials.
Whether its senior level hires, business partners, or investors there are potential risks in dealing with the unknown. K2’s due diligence focuses on identifying risk and arming our clients with sufficient knowledge to make decisions that will protect their organization.
The K2 due diligence typically focuses first on an exhaustive public record analysis to identify all aspects of risk in a subject’s background. Our open source work evaluates civil and criminal records, bankruptcies, judgments, liens, and regulatory filings—among other things—as well as a comprehensive media search. We also examine the subject’s social media footprint and personal relationships that may put our client at risk.
Reputational Source Work
Phase two of our work focuses on reputational inquiries with sources in a position to comment on the subject’s professional qualifications and personal nature. These interviews typically focus on work style, track record, ethics and skill sets. They may also focus on specific aspects of the subject’s life including social and business inquiries.
Reputation inquiries are extremely important because they can provide insight into subject’s personality and risks that the public record cannot.
K2 is often called upon for “situational” investigations responding to specific incidents with an organization including rogue employees, insider trading, business threats, bribery and cyber crimes.