Henry Smith


  • EMEA
  • Ethics, Compliance and Governance
  • Investigations, Litigation and Forensics
  • ESG and Sustainable Business
  • Political and Country Risk
  • Investor Services

Henry is head of Control Risks’ business intelligence and due diligence practice in EMEA, which is based in ten cities across the region. Henry is responsible for our delivery of strategic intelligence to inform decisions about acquisitions and growth opportunities, market entry risk management advice, disputes and litigation support, and third-party risk management, most notably on financial crime and reputational risk.

He is an experienced advisor to private market investors and lenders, corporates, and their legal advisors on intelligence gathering, political risk, sanctions and foreign investment screening, and due diligence. He speaks regularly at conferences and to the media on politics, regulatory developments and sanctions issues.

Recent tasks that Henry has worked on include:

  • Intelligence gathering and due diligence engagements to inform acquisitions or buyouts in Europe in various sectors, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and technology. 
  • Political risk scenario planning and workshop facilitation for senior leaders considering acquisitions and long-term strategy in various sectors, including consumer goods, energy, extractives and financial services.
  • Retained advice and intelligence for a client in a commercial dispute with a state-owned entity in Africa to guide the development of their legal, negotiation and risk management strategy.
  • Multi-country intelligence gathering to support an audit of a portfolio company’s sales and marketing activities to identify whether third party intermediaries were used to transact with politically exposed clients.
  • Acting as an expert witness to help a client successfully settle a LICA arbitration over insurance claims for an infrastructure project in the Middle East.
  • Henry has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of York and a postgraduate degree in Middle Eastern politics from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Before Control Risks, Henry worked for an advisory company that supported companies entering North Africa. He joined Control Risks as a political risk analyst in our London and then Dubai office. He has an International Risk Management Certificate from the Institute of Risk Management and completed the Oxford Scenarios Programme at Said Business School (University of Oxford), which focuses on the use of scenario planning to inform strategy. 

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