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White Papers | December 19, 2018

Ten years after Lehman Brothers’ collapse: why due diligence remains essential

Lehman Brothers’ failure will remain a reminder of some of the dysfunctions in the banking and regulatory apparatus that drove the global economy off a cliff. 10 years down the line, why does performing enhanced due diligence remains essential?

White Papers | May 19, 2017

The 5th Money Laundering Directive - Meaning and significance

The ink is not yet dry on the 4th Money Laundering Directive (MLD4) as the European Commission is already pushing the EU member states to prepare for the 5th Money Laundering Directive (MLD5). The new regulative paper promises even tighter rules for financial institutions and related entities. An increasing number of companies are coming under tremendous pressure to properly identify the beneficial owners of funds accepted while doing business.

White Papers | March 09, 2017

Know Your Investment, Know Your Borrower

From a tech-savvy start-up to a solid multinational company, there are countless interesting investment opportunities worldwide. However, even the most promising ones bear risks that could seriously jeopardize your investment.

White Papers | September 29, 2016

The 4th Money Laundering Directive - How it affects your Business

The MLD4 is the first EU directive to introduce heavy penalties (up to EUR 5 million or 10% of revenues) for companies that do not fulfill their Due Diligence obligations. It is therefore vital for businesses based in or trading with EU State Members to have robust procedures and resources to ensure compliance.

White Papers | June 16, 2015

Fight against corruption: towards a paradigm shift?

Nicolas Giannakopoulos’ speech to the conference "Embargo, corruption, money laundering, terrorism: have you included these risks in your 2015 risk mapping?", held on March 24 at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris .


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White Papers | April 20, 2015

Media Rating: a new way to evaluate news reliability

Since the democratization of Internet in the late 90’s early 2000, the speed of news propagation and consumption has drastically increased. With a growing demand for a quicker information production, sources of information multiplied, burdening the work of a researcher.

White Papers | September 25, 2014

Facebook’s Graph Search: How Will It Affect Your (Long Gone) Privacy?

Since July 2013, Facebook has been experimenting with a new tool called the Graph Search. The tool is nothing but a semantic search engine, designed to answer queries based on their intended meaning rather than on matching keywords. In short, running queries such as “who are the single ones living in my neighborhood?” or “photos of my boss taken in a pub” is now made possible.

White Papers | October 09, 2013

How to Unmask Threats Using Open Source Information?

Twenty years ago, finding even basic information about a company or an individual wasn't an easy task. Official documents such as commercial registries could only be consulted in local administration's offices, and even then, they hardly existed. Together with phone registrars, they were merely the only public information available at that time. One had to rely on documents provided by counterparts, and independant verifications through private detectives were long and expensive.

White Papers | March 07, 2013

A World of Intelligence - A Dive into the Information Market

These last few years, the perception of the value and the subsequent needs for intelligence and information have constantly increased worldwide. Inspired by the (re)evolution of the world economy that placed large parts of companies’ activities in foreign countries, often experiencing higher risk exposure, the new faces of business intelligence were essentially drawn by the quick development of new technologies and by the cultural shocks driven by the necessity to open new markets.