Mentor 17 Network Clients/Partners are mostly multinational corporations. Because of the diversity of our assignments, we routinely deal with our network partners corporate executives from various departments, including Legal, Compliance, Human Resources, Corporate Security, Audio & Finance, Risk Management and Operations.
Our international team works with individual managers or an interdepartmental corporate team, understanding the need to sometimes pursue multiple and parallel corporate objectives in a single project.
The Network has specific prior experience in Telecommunications, Transportation & Logistics, Financial Services, Gaming, Apparel, Health, Mining, Manufacturing & Distribution of consumer goods, Retailing, Hospitality and Media. We also have demonstrated the ability to quickly identify the unique aspects of other industries and consider them in assignments. However, we recognize that there are special requirements and issues beyond the scope of our experience and skills. Therefore, the decision of accepting an assignment is made only after a frank self-assessment of our capabilities.
In the span of more than 15 years we have developed a reputation for our commitment to dependability, confidentiality, professionalism, responsiveness, diligence and detailed project management. We approach each assignment with the uniqueness it deserves, by making tailored plans and employing the appropriate methods, techniques and resources.
We believe that successful solutions can also be cost effective. We usually work on the basis of a client-approved budget, inclusive of fees, travel and other expenses.
In today’s global business arena, rapid political, economic and social changes have become the norm and have created the need for constant monitoring. Corporations use internal and external sources to assess and mitigate global risk, as well as risks that are unique to their industry and business model. We use proven abilities to gather and analyse pertinent information that identifies the elements of risk in a variety of areas, including the following:
We conduct area assessments on a wide range of risks, including crime and public safety, terrorism, political instability and unrest, attitudes towards foreign investment, organized labor, the complexity of government bureaucracy and level of public corruption.
MOBILITY OF PERSONNEL
Our Network can provide critical information to mitigate the risk associated with the increasing international mobility of personnel, particularly business travel and expatriation to high risk areas.
We have prepared detailed assessments on the risks of traveling or living in such areas, as well as provided timely information about emerging situations, such as widespread public unrest, disruptions in travel, strikes, demonstrations and other events that may affect the safety of personnel and their ability to carry on with their business plans.
Due Diligence has increasingly become one of the critical steps in the decision making process of multinational enterprises in assessing business opportunities, selecting business partners and key personnel and assessing the risk in committing to relationships with entities or individuals from the private or public sectors.
Our services are designed as an added dimension to the traditional legal and financial due diligence reviews that focus on the legal aspects of a proposed endeavor and the financial analysis of a prospective business partner. Due diligence focuses on analyzing the background, structure, scope of activities, associates and reputation of the enterprises and their key principals in order to identify potential areas of risk stemming from lack of transparency, past questionable practices and exposure to litigation or regulatory sanctions.
PROSPECTIVE BUSINESS PARTNERS
Our Network compiles comprehensive profiles of prospective partners under consideration by our clients for a future business association, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, selection of key vendors and consultants, or other similar transactions. Our services are also used in support of “Know Your Customer” programs and the risk assessment of new significant clients.
Our services have proven to be a valuable tool in avoiding the risk of entering into arrangements with shell companies or entities that use an intricate and complicated structure to conceal their real ownership, as well as avoiding the risk of transacting with parties that face financial, legal or regulatory problems. We assist clients with the decision making process of whether to engage with a new business associate but also with identifying key areas of concern that should be considered in contract negotiations.
We have conducted thousands of due diligence reviews globally. The scope of each assignment differs based on the specific circumstances and the availability of data in a specific country or region. Typically, our reviews focus on the following:
- The identification of an enterprise’s true ownership
- The enterprise’s background, structure, scope of activities and affiliates
- Past and current litigation
- Compliance with local regulations
- Financial checks
- Reputation, including any concerns with public corruption or business controversies
- Comprehensive background checks on the enterprise’s owners and key managers
We compile comprehensive profiles of individuals considered by our clients to fill key executive roles. Our Network has assisted with the vetting of hundreds of candidates by conducting extensive background reviews, including criminal checks, litigation, verification of professional credentials, past employment and reputation, as well as the affiliation with businesses that may cause conflict-of-interest concerns.
We also used the same methodology to screen individuals considered for board-of-directors positions.
In today’s globalized environment of operations, the home governments of multinational enterprises have raised the level of regulatory controls on international trade, investment and financial transactions, as well as corporate conduct. They have also increased demands on the private sector to develop detailed compliance programs, whose policies and procedures have to be monitored and enforced.
Multinationals face the challenge of implementing those programs, while operating in areas with widely diverse business cultures, market structures, local regulatory and legal frameworks.
We have conducted numerous investigations on alleged or suspected violations of corporate code-of-conduct policies. They typically include:
- Conflict of interest
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Any abuse of authority vested in an individual for personal gain
Our Network assists clients in the implementation of compliance programs by providing investigative support typically related to the following:
- Possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
- Identifying the possible and previously unknown involvement of government agencies or individual officials in trade, investment or financial transactions
- The use of intermediaries in pursuing, negotiating or administering projects that may involve local government participation
- Potential violations of economic or trade sanctions
- Circumventing local government regulations
Crisis management is critical
Before a crisis strikes, business owners should think about how a disaster would impact employees, customers, suppliers, the general public and their company’s value.
A crisis can strike any company anytime, anywhere. Advanced planning from our team of experts is the key to survival.
Daily headlines are filled with companies dealing with crisis. Is your company prepared? Just as BP learned with the gulf oil spill and Malaysian Airlines learned through two disasters, a crisis can strike at any time. However, unlike Fortune 500 firms, smaller companies are often unprepared and usually do not have a crisis plan in place. They believe it will never happen to them. But, what if it does?
Before a crisis strikes, business owners should think about how a disaster would impact employees, customers, suppliers, the general public and their company’s value. A crisis can strike any company anytime, anywhere. Advanced planning is the key to survival.
A critical component of crisis management planning is the establishment of a succession plan. You should clearly outline the necessary steps to follow if you suddenly become unable to perform your duties. This plan may include selling the company, or transferring ownership to family members or key employees.
What is most important is that you create the crisis management plan when everything is running smoothly and everyone involved can think clearly. By planning in advance, all parties will have time to seriously think about the ideal ways to manage different types of crises.
As we develop your crisis management plan, seek advice from the experts that include your leadership team, employees, customers, communications experts, investment bankers, exit planners, lawyers and financial managers. Each of these individuals can provide you valuable insight that could be critical should a crisis strike your company.