Our extensive experience of working with high net-worth individuals means that we have a deep understanding of their needs.
Unlike many of our more institutional peers, we are able to operate with a flexibility that goes beyond providing template solutions to complicated problems.
We provide strategic intelligence in support of commercial decision-making, particularly when it comes to valuing assets and identifying hidden liabilities, asset acquisition or asset recovery.
In light of our experience across a wide range of industries and jurisdictions, as well as our situational adaptability and our commitment to resolving the problem at hand, clients typically view us as an extension of their team.
Vantage works closely with lawyers and litigation funds on high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional cases around the world. Our focus is to provide the legal teams leading these disputes with information that will help them win.
The investigations are designed with the legal strategy in mind; we communicate regularly with the lawyers to ensure the findings and direction are in line with the objectives of the legal team.
Utmost attention is given to obtaining evidence that is legally admissible in the jurisdiction in which the dispute is litigated.
Vantage works closely with the asset management teams that oversee the preservation and growth of family wealth. We help by mitigating known risks and dealing with unforeseen circumstances.
We understand their perspectives and are viewed as a discreet and trusted partner to address challenges and resolve problems.
Vantage helps banks and funds that provide credit or financing facilities recover value on non-performing loans or credit defaults. We add value through asset-tracing and strategy development designed to pressure the debtor to settle.
For banks or other funds with non-performing loan portfolios, in addition to looking for assets, we can assist in securing third-party financing, both through our own network of non-institutional funders or through relationships we maintain with leading litigation funds.
Vantage also works closely with activist investors to gather information needed to execute their strategies to implement change or improve the value of a distressed investment situation.
We support funds at both the executive and management levels, serving as a strategic partner to preserve the integrity of investments and to mitigate both financial and reputational challenges inherent to operating in international markets.
We provide invaluable insight that is more than just a legal or compliance service – whether it is to assess risk, detect fraud or simply provide raw intelligence in support of executive decision-making.
SHAREHOLDER PROTECTION AGAINST SOVEREIGN EXPROPRIATION
Vantage provided extensive litigation support to prove that bankruptcy proceedings initiated in a former Soviet country against a major corporation were deliberately engineered to destroy and expropriate the company in question.
Working with an international legal team, Vantage was able to demonstrate the mechanisms of the fraudulent bankruptcy at heart of the matter, assisting the client to pursue legal recourse in a variety of venues and ultimately win multi-hundred million dollar judgments in its favour.
CIS JUDICIAL CORRUPTION
Vantage proved specific instances of judicial corruption in an Eastern European country involving an aggrieved foreign investor, obtaining evidence through extensive human source interviews and sophisticated forensic analysis of electronic data provided by some of the sources.
We subsequently presented the evidence to both judicial and diplomatic venues in support of the client, ultimately leading to the client obtaining a favorable decision in international arbitration.
OPPOSITION TO JUDGMENT ENFORCEMENT
Vantage supported a multi-jurisdictional legal effort to block the recognition of a judgment against a state-owned enterprise that was issued in a country widely perceived not to have an independent judiciary.
Vantage worked to demonstrate that the judgment holder obtained the judgment through corrupt means, specifically in order to be able to enforce the judgment in Western jurisdictions where the defendant party held substantial assets.
A bank involved in the restructuring of a large fast-moving consumer goods group in Central Europe, instructed us to investigate a suspected conspiracy aimed at preventing the completion of a deal that would see the bank take over one of the group’s key assets.
We undertook to map out the relationships between a number of parties – including local and national politicians, competitors, government agencies, lobbyists and other stakeholders – to investigate claims that certain parties were acting together to frustrate the finalisation of the deal.
This mapping exercise involved extensive online research, surveillance of the key subjects, and source inquiries with current and former politicians; industry commentators and analysts; journalists; current and former government employees and other individuals well-placed to provide commentary on the relationships under scrutiny.
Our investigation highlighted certain alliances and affiliations between key stakeholders, unbeknownst to the client, that were colluding to prevent the completion of the deal.