The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is one of the world’s leading financial centres. So, why would you want a BVI company check? In basic terms, to find out about the company. Checks on businesses are conducted when you need to verify the legitimacy of a company, or are, perhaps, undertaking investigative due diligence. Questions such as – does it even exist? How long has it existed? What type of company is it, and how about the Authorised Share Capital? The problems arise when you ask who is behind the company. Who are the directors, where are they based, how many are there? Sadly, this information is usually not made public.
What is “private investigator surveillance”? Surveillance is the covert observation of people, places, and often, associated vehicles, and can form part of a private investigation. The goal is to gather information about a subject required by an individual or company. It is widely used in the insurance industry which is beset by fake claims that need investigation and by manufacturers and companies suffering Intellectual Property (IP) theft. Normally a surveillance team is composed 4-5 individuals with the necessary transport and high quality surveillance equipment used to record images and sound.
Need to locate a person in Hong Kong? Whether it is for probate purposes, the serving of legal documents, a skip trace or perhaps to locate a missing family member the location of an individual is a sought-after service. Veriton Investigations has been locating people in Hong Kong and the surrounding area since its foundation. The success of a locate is increased when full names, previous addresses, photographs and the like are provided from the onset.
What is a credit check? A credit check is an examination of the financial background and behaviour of the subject of the check. As part of the credit check, companies may want to know how you paid back previous loans, for instance, or how often you made late repayments. Banks, landlords, utility providers and some employers might require a check on an individual. Business owners are likely to request a credit check on another business if, for instance, they are considering a joint venture, taking on new suppliers, or new vendors. Such checks may reveal late payments, bankruptcies, judgements, and liens.
What is an asset search? An asset search is the process of identifying and attaching assets for pre-litigation assessment. The primary purpose is to discover if there are assets worth seizing. If there are no discoverable assets, litigation may not be financially viable.
What is link analysis and its role within private investigations? Simply put, link analysis is the process of examining links between people, organizations, assets, events and physical or digital documents. When a complex project involves looking at 100s of entities, it can be impossible to understand the links—particularly important ones— without a visual representation. Link analysis charting is the drawing of all the connections. These charts assist professional investigators to focus on criminal leads more easily and help to brief clients.
What is background screening on individuals? When companies are recruiting, promoting senior executives or checking clients, partners and associates, they should ensure that an individual’s career history is accurate. Candidates are often tempted to bend the truth! Background checks may flag fake degrees, false references, long periods without employment or undesirable social media activity. Sometimes, even prior arrests are found.
What is a company background check? Background checks on businesses are conducted when you need to verify the authenticity and legitimacy of a company. This involves an analysis of records of official, proprietary, paid and open-source databases. Depending on the reasons for a background check—for example checking a supplier or an investment opportunity—a site visit, surveillance or social media review may be requested. A company background check is less involved than due diligence.
What is an IPO? An IPO is a short version of Initial Public Offering. It is the process that allows a company to sell stock to the general public by being listed on a stock exchange. In order to become listed, a company must secure the services of a corporate lawyer. The Public Offering process is complex. It involves multiple stages from structuring shares for sale to establishing a working relationship with an investment bank. This is necessary to ensure regulatory compliance. Quality due diligence is a must.
So what is a criminal record check and when would you need one? A criminal record is a history of a person’s criminal history. There are two common reasons for acquiring one. Firstly, a new employer may want to ensure you have no criminal convictions. Secondly, if you apply for a loan, the lender may wish to verify your credibility and trustworthiness. The process of obtaining a copy of a criminal record varies depending on the country and state where you have lived and worked. In some countries, such as Hong Kong, you will not receive a copy. Instead, the results will be sent direct to organization requiring the check—for example, your potential employer.