Tom Burns

Director

New York

Tom is the director of Control Risks’ Intelligence and Research practice for North America, based in New York City. Tom leads a team of consultants and researchers who support our clients’ critical decision making around potential mergers and acquisitions, competitor and market landscape, and other commercial relationships and opportunities.

  • Americas
  • Enhanced Due Diligence
  • Competitor Intelligence
  • Stakeholder Mapping


Tom is the director of Control Risks’ Intelligence and Research practice for North America, based in New York City. Tom leads a team of consultants and researchers who support our clients’ critical decision making around potential mergers and acquisitions, competitor and market landscape, and other commercial relationships and opportunities.

Tom has over ten years of experience leading complex intelligence-driven assignments in North America and Asia. Prior to moving to New York, Tom spent five years in Control Risks’ Singapore and Delhi offices, where he supported clients operating in (and entering) the Southeast Asia and South Asia markets. Tom covers a broad range of industry sectors including financial services, technology, international development, telecommunications and infrastructure.


 Tom’s recent projects include:

  • Supporting a technology company to understand how a new competitor was able to build a similar product at a fraction of the price of the rest of the market.

  • Consulting an overseas multinational to decide whether the organization wanted to enter the harvesting – and subsequent supply chain – of wood products from a remote area of British Columbia in Canada.

  • Supporting a US foundation to understand the background, track record, political connections and sources of wealth of a potential donor whose career spanned multiple jurisdictions and industries.

  • Supporting an investment fund to understand the motivations and movements of the CEO of a large publicly traded company, and to identify indicators that he might be stepping down from his post in the short to medium term.

  • Assisting a multi-national steel manufacturing company in investigating the root of a major fraud scandal spanning Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.


  • Tom holds a B.A. in Modern History from Trinity College Dublin. He has written multiple articles surrounding the security and intelligence industry.

     

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