Business Intelligence

Providing Intelligence and Insight So Clients Can Take Decisive Action

Whether capturing an investment opportunity, onboarding key executives or facing formidable management challenges, having complete and accurate information is imperative. Drawing on our global network of on the ground resources, we are able to provide our clients with the qualitative and contextual analysis of the business, political, social and economic opportunities and risks in the markets where they operate.

Ahead of an investment, hedge funds, private equity, international banks, corporate M&A departments rely on Gryphon’s proactive investigations to provide a holistic view of target entities or individuals. Prior to completing a key hire, internal operations and executive recruiting clients look to Gryphon’s team to conduct diligence related to onboarding senior executives and partners.

Gryphon is also engaged to perform due diligence monitoring to meet ongoing internal compliance requirements and minimize risk. Our experts highlight material issues in real time, such as criminal activity, class actions, general litigation or new adverse media mentions, for the company, executives and operating partners.

Evaluating opportunities and risks end-to end

Business Intelligence
Case Studies

Investigation Arms Investor with Intelligence to Win Proxy Fight

Engagement
An activist investor with a minority stake in a US technology company asked Gryphon to investigate the chairman of the board, who the client felt was not fit to lead the company.  Our client commissioned us to find evidence and commentary to show that the chairman had similar leadership issues at previous companies.

Investigation
A deep dive of the public record revealed that the chairman had been discharged or forced out of a number of companies he led before. Further investigation revealed that the subject had engaged in questionable business practices, such as overstating revenues, which led to a steep decline in the stock price of another company he ran and led to a number of civil litigation cases. During the investigation, we spoke to sources who corroborated adverse information identified in the public record. The sources offered further evidence of the chairman’s questionable management practices, including retaliation.

Result
Armed with this intelligence, our client led a successful proxy fight, which ended with the client pushing the chairman out and installing an ally to lead the company.

Sourcing Reveals Major Red Flags on Potential New CIO for Family Office

Engagement
Gryphon was retained by a family office to conduct an investigation into a potential new Chief Investment Officer to help grow the family’s wealth.

Investigation
Gryphon undertook a deep-dive background investigation on the client’s top candidate, which included a public records review and human intelligence gathering among the candidate’s former colleagues and close associates. A public records review revealed no adverse information. However, interviews with the candidate’s former colleagues uncovered a different story. Adverse commentary from human sources uncovered of a variety of adverse facts regarding the candidate, including a failure to uphold fiduciary duties at another firm the candidate had helmed—which was also failing financially. Sources also noted the candidate’s poor people management skills, work ethic and judgement.

Result
As a result of our investigation, Gryphon’s client decided not to move forward with the candidate.

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