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A prominent civil lawyer contacted me to locate her client’s former business partner for litigation and to help evaluate the likelihood of financial recovery. Her client had invested much of their retirement savings in a venture based almost solely on the business accolades their former partner had received. Within the early stages of investigation, I identified several red flags that should have halted the investment at its onset. Sadly, recovery was doubtful as her client’s fate was largely sealed with the discovery of several federal judgements against their former business partner.
Another potential investor that contacted me to perform due diligence before investing was more fortunate. The environmental invention they were considering looked impressive with its high-quality presentation. Investigation determined that the prospective partner had a notable history of civil and criminal litigation and had been linked to organized crime. From what I could determine, the “invention” simply appeared to be an industrial wind turbine strung together with a generator giving the appearance of something unique.
A leading businessperson had been given a corporate purchase offer they could not refuse. They decided to perform background investigations on the venture corporation and principal. I uncovered some past derogatory information; however, the main concerns were the lack of information found to support the positions the principal investor was making about the corporation and its investors. Official business registrations were not found and the advisory board appeared to be comprised mainly of esteemed business leaders that the principal investor admired.
Failure to conduct investigative due diligence can have a lasting impact on any individual or organization. Every decision needs to be carefully examined in order to wisely mitigate risk. Proper vetting of a potential business partner is an essential step that must be taken to avoid loss of income and damage to a business’s reputation. Background and due diligence investigations are an invaluable tool to help clients make informed decisions.
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Russell Crawford, a licensed private investigator for over 20 years, is regularly retained by many of Canada's highest profile law firms, insurers and corporations.