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Deal Intelligence and Due Diligence - Target and Management


Deal Intelligence and Due Diligence - Target and Management


We conduct due diligence and gather intelligence across all sectors and industries, evaluating the dynamics around transactions, and the integrity and reputation of individuals and commercial entities. Our deep expertise allows us to analyse hard-to-get commercial, cultural and political intelligence in a local context.

Our specialists have extensive access to a rigorously vetted global network of individuals and specialists, as well as a wide range of public record information and data. Where digital access is not possible, we conduct manual searches of non-computerised records. We use a range of alternative information sources for additional insights, such as geolocation maps, shipping and satellite data, search engine sentiment and dark web searches.

Our core scope for intelligence into a target company or asset includes its corporate history and structure, business position and financial resilience, political connections, reputation and integrity, and financial crime exposure. 

Our core scope for intelligence on a target company’s management team is the individuals’ track records and career histories, their performance in role, dynamics within the leadership team, any succession plans, and their external relationships and reputation.


Cyber and digital threat assessments   

Control Risks’ pre-investment cyber due diligence enables investors to identify and mitigate cyber and digital risks associated with a target company. We help you consider how current and future threats, vulnerabilities and previous breaches may influence the pricing of the transaction. 

We provide different levels of cyber due diligence, ranging from a review of a target’s exposure to cyber threats to a more detailed assessment of existing controls and digital governance. The depth of diligence is scaled to the risk profile, political and privacy sensitivity, the stage of the deal cycle, the investor’s access to the target’s technology systems, and the regulatory context.


Environmental, social and governance (ESG) due diligence   

We combine our local knowledge with risk management expertise to help you identify ESG issues and assess their potential impact on your deal. At the early deal stage, this enables you to understand your target’s risk profile and potential liabilities. As the deal evolves, our analysis provides a guide on how to engage the management team about its approach and develop turnaround plans for the post-deal period. 

Control Risks’ market-leading methodology for pre-deal ESG risk screening of current or potential portfolio companies, their management and assets is grounded in 45 years of experience. Using trusted data sets, we identify and rank publicly reported issues of concern and provide an assessment of the target along with recommendations for further investigation and risk mitigation. 

Our teams have significant in-country experience and multi-disciplinary subject-matter expertise in ESG, enabling us to offer locally calibrated advice on social and governance risks that could affect a target’s value, reputation or operational resilience. 

Our assessments provide practical remediation advice, such as compliance programme design and community engagement plans. We also monitor specific risk issues and the effectiveness of risk mitigation programmes.


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Saudi Arabia will push ahead with economic diversification despite COVID-19


Saudi Arabia will push ahead with economic diversification despite COVID-19

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will complicate the country’s economic diversification programme largely due to the drop in government revenue from oil sales, highlighting the need to accelerate economic diversification. In order to sustain funding for mega-projects while maintaining a low-risk sovereign profile, the government will seek to revive privatisation plans of state-owned assets, such as utilities companies and transport hubs, in the coming years.