Henry Smith

Partner, Business Intelligence, Europe, Middle East and Africa

London

Henry is the head of our Europe, Middle East and Africa business intelligence and due diligence practice. Henry leads an integrated team of country experts, business intelligence specialists and researchers in London, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Lagos, Berlin, Moscow, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan and Dubai. The team provides varying depths of due diligence to help clients make decisions about business relationships with companies, people and governments, or to meet their compliance requirements; decision-making advice with regards to third party risk management; intelligence to inform the evaluation of growth and expansion opportunities; and intelligence to resolve problems and crises affecting their organisation.

  • EMEA
  • Due Diligence
  • Stakeholder Mapping
  • Market Entry Assessment


Henry is the head of our Europe, Middle East and Africa business intelligence and due diligence practice. Henry leads an integrated team of country experts, business intelligence specialists and researchers in London, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Lagos, Berlin, Moscow, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan and Dubai. The team provides varying depths of due diligence to help clients make decisions about business relationships with companies, people and governments, or to meet their compliance requirements; decision-making advice with regards to third party risk management; intelligence to inform the evaluation of growth and expansion opportunities; and intelligence to resolve problems and crises affecting their organisation.

Henry has extensive experience providing advice to senior decision-makers in private sector and government-owned entities, including on critical investment decisions, country strategies, problem resolution, risk management and sanctions compliance. He was previously based in the Dubai office from where he led our political risk consulting in the Middle East and North Africa. This included designing and running our due diligence and political risk consulting for clients that were considering business with Iran under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal. Henry has significant experience advising clients on compliance with UN, US and EU sanctions regimes alongside their in-house and external counsel.


Recent examples of Henry’s work include:
  • Managing the delivery of stakeholder profiles and mapping for the senior leadership of one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies.
  • Delivering a stakeholder mapping and business intelligence project for a multinational company that was considering an acquisition in Morocco.
  • Delivering a country risk assessment and implement a due diligence framework for a logistics company that wanted to achieve compliance with UN, US and EU sanctions against Iran.
  • Managing the delivery of a global retainer for a government ministry interested in geopolitical risk and geoeconomic developments, energy diplomacy, and international trade.
  • Advising multiple multinational companies on acquisitions and market entry strategies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including in the oil and gas, petrochemicals, automotive, telecommunications, retail and manufacturing sectors

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 the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Before Control Risks, Henry worked for an advisory company that supported companies entering North Africa. He holds an International Risk Management Certificate from the Institute of Risk Management and recently completed the Oxford Scenarios Programme at Said Business School (University of Oxford), which focuses on how senior decision-makers can use scenario planning methodologies to inform strategy and planning. He is regularly invited to present at conferences, participate in panel discussions, speak to the media, and to brief senior executives on global and regional political and business trends.

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