Sidestepping Risk: Getting Started with Due Diligence

Sidestepping Risk: Getting Started with Due Diligence

  This article was featured on the digital subscription platform of the Institutional Investor Network on July 19, 2019.   With direct private investing amongst institutional investors on the rise (especially in emerging markets), the task of conducting comprehensive due diligence and evaluating risk, including on how to select the right manager, becomes increasingly important. 

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Evolution of Litigation Finance - High Risk, High Reward

Evolution of Litigation Finance - High Risk, High Reward

What is Litigation Finance and how long has it been around?   The concept of Litigation Finance has become increasingly popular in recent years and there has been much discussion of this area in the financial media and forums focused on investment opportunities with uncorrelated market returns. Although sometimes presented as an untried and untested offering,  it is not in fact, a new phenomenon at all. 

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Don’t Make the Same Mistake of Not Fully Vetting Your Expert Witnesses!

Don’t Make the Same Mistake of Not Fully Vetting Your Expert Witnesses!

Recent missteps by companies have shown the importance of qualifying credibility and motives

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The Never-Ending Tentacles of the Odebrecht Bribery Scheme

The Never-Ending Tentacles of the Odebrecht Bribery Scheme

The web of fraudulent schemes that transpired across Latin America with Odebrecht at the center has been particularly intriguing to our investigations team at Gryphon. In our line of work, we often find that cases of fraud or bribery are isolated to a firm, executive or a politician, but the Odebrecht case involves dozens of politicians, government ministers and corporations spread across 12 nations. It’s another reminder of when doing business in emerging and frontier markets, it’s a must to conduct in depth due diligence to identify operational, reputational or political risks associated with an investment or partnership.

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Mitigation of Risks in Myanmar are Plentiful – But Opportunities Abound on Growth Prospects

Mitigation of Risks in Myanmar are Plentiful – But Opportunities Abound on Growth Prospects

In 2013, Coca-Cola became one of the first US firms to invest in Myanmar (also known as Burma) after economic sanctions against the country, once governed by one of the world’s most authoritarian military regimes were suspended.

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Despite Political and Security Concerns, Sri Lankan Government Aims High

Despite Political and Security Concerns, Sri Lankan Government Aims High

Sri Lanka lies at the center of one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and is a central trading point for Asia. Since 2007, following the end of its 26-year civil war that led to the deaths of seventy thousand people, the government has taken a number of steps to attract foreign investment. The goal has been to transform its economy from rural and agricultural to centering around urban and manufacturing functions.

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Israel Continues to Attract Foreign Investment Despite Political Instability

Israel Continues to Attract Foreign Investment Despite Political Instability

While Israel’s political climate has not been stable due to both internal and external conflicts since the country’s formation in 1948, Israel’s economy has remained strong and proved flexible and adaptable through several global economic crises. Israel has seen unprecedented growth in the past ten years, with GDP increasing by 70 percent. Despite having little to no trade with its immediate neighbors, Israel has expanded its global reach tremendously in the past two decades – opening avenues for exports in Africa and India, as well as throughout Europe and South America.  

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Matthew Hays Joins Gryphon as Director, Asia Operations

Matthew Hays Joins Gryphon as Director, Asia Operations

We are excited to announce the addition of Matthew Hays – Director, Asia Operations– to the Gryphon team.

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Theranos Thwarted: An Investigative Perspective

Theranos Thwarted: An Investigative Perspective

Elizabeth Holmes has been in the news recently in regard to her now notorious company, Theranos. Defunct as of September 2018, the seemingly innovative blood-testing firm has been the subject of a compelling documentary on HBO “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley”. The topic has garnered plenty of attention, with another upcoming blockbuster film adaptation set to star actress Jennifer Lawrence, titled “Bad Blood”.

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Betting on Brazil: Bolsonaro Optimism Fading

Betting on Brazil: Bolsonaro Optimism Fading

While Bolsonaro’s government struggles to deliver economic growth, Brazil’s complex political scenario and volatile regulatory environment require investors to conduct a robust political risk assessment.  

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