Corruption might occur in many different ways. It need not be outright bribery,
but just the use of connections or facilitation payments to smooth business
dealings. In some parts of the world, these practices are widespread and
companies can be held accountable for them in the UK. Before using local
partners, it is therefore essential to carry out due diligence on both
and individuals in order to mitigate the risk of compliance violations.
MACCS carries out discreet investigative due diligence on behalf of our clients
reduce their exposure to reputational and commercial risks deriving from
with third-parties in emerging markets. Menas Associates has carried out
of such investigations over the past 25 years, leveraging the expertise and
extensive contacts of our network of external consultants.
Most investigations undertaken by MACCS concern individuals – potential
representatives, agents and business partners – but we also carry out due
organisations and companies. Our clients are typically primary investors, their
lawyers or financial backers, who come to us when they are involved in
We not only carry out the basic due diligence – to provide all of the statutory
information on a company and its directors - but the majority of our
investigations focus on establishing the true reputation and track record of
entities seeking to do business with our clients. Our investigations seek to
establish whether their claims have substance, what advantages such contacts
confer, and alternative routes to reach the decision makers.
We recognise the sensitive nature of this work and operate under conditions of
strict discretion and absolute confidentiality. We are particularly careful to
operate 'Chinese walls', so that no-one except one or two MACCS directors knows
who our client is. We always ensure that the 'target' individual or company is
also unaware that they are being investigated.