Charlie Warren

Partner

Singapore

Charlie is the head of Control Risks’ business intelligence practice for Southeast Asia, based in Singapore. Charlie leads a team of regional experts who help support clients’ critical decision-making around potential partnerships, acquisitions, market entries and other commercial relationships and opportunities.

  • Asia Pacific
  • Business Intelligence
  • Market Entry Assessment


Charlie is the head of Control Risks’ business intelligence practice for Southeast Asia, based in Singapore. Charlie leads a team of regional experts who help support clients’ critical decision-making around potential partnerships, acquisitions, market entries and other commercial relationships and opportunities.

Charlie has over ten years of experience leading complex intelligence-driven assignments in Southeast Asia on behalf of clients with interests a number of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, energy, FMCG, construction, real estate, and technology.


Recent assignments that Charlie has led on include:
  • Multijurisdictional business intelligence on behalf of a European family office seeking to acquire a significant stake in a medical devices distributor with significant operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.
  • Market entry advisory on behalf of a multinational telecoms company seeking a substantial acquisition of a regional telecoms asset.
  • A reputational counterparty assessment on behalf of a leading European investment bank into one of the wealthiest and most prominent Malaysian business families.
  • An intelligence-driven investigation on behalf of a European oil and gas services provider who had been subjected to a politically-motivated regulatory investigation by local authorities in Indonesia.
  • Crisis management support on behalf of a multinational consumer goods firm related to an ongoing high-profile regulatory investigation in Vietnam.


Prior to joining Control Risks, Charlie spent seven years based in the Philippines, mostly as the head of due diligence & investigations for a Manila-based US risk consultancy. In this role he oversaw the growth of the firm’s forensics and business intelligence teams.

Charlie has also worked as an independent journalist and political and security risk consultant covering Southeast Asia. He began his career in Rwanda and the DRC, combining project management work in the NGO sector with intelligence gathering for a number of UK-based risk consultancies.

Charlie studied at the University of Bristol, UK, where he obtained an MSc (Hons) in Development and Security, and a BSc (Hons) in Politics and Sociology. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has written a number of articles on risk management and political risk.

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