Vantage undertook a multi-jurisdictional asset tracing investigation on behalf of a bank in support of recovering USD 120 million loan from an individual as per his bank guarantees.
Vantage has successfully located the subject and identified his newly acquired identity and citizenship.
After identifying multiple real estate investments structured through a chain of corporate entities as well as proving that the loan funds were used to purchase real estate holdings for his family members, we assisted in initiating bankruptcy proceedings against the subject in the new country of residence and supported fraudulent conveyance argument in courts.
Vantage was retained by the owners of a biotechnology company in order to investigate senior executives who were suspected of defrauding the firm.
Covert forensic recovery of the executives' data was carried out and subsequent analysis revealed that they had incorporated a competitor firm in another jurisdiction and were funnelling business to their own entity with the ultimate objective of completely taking over the business of the firm.
Vantage was retained by a UHNW family in order investigate a hacking incident, the principal result of which was deletion of emails that were due to be submitted as evidence in forthcoming litigation.
The emails were deleted from several personal accounts which were hosted by major international providers. The investigation found that the attackers breached a WiFi network at one of the family homes and used Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) techniques to obtain credentials to the accounts.
Vantage secured client infrastructure and assisted in liaising with the service providers in order to recover the deleted data.
Vantage was retained by an international trade finance institution to assist in enforcing a judgment against a debtor who defaulted on a multimillion dollar commodity trading loan. Vantage found that the debtor had shifted assets in a variety of jurisdictions into the names of close relatives, making it nearly impossible to enforce against those assets.
As a result, we worked with the client to successfully implement a negotiation strategy in support of a settlement, relying on intelligence identified during the course of the investigation about the debtor’s indirectly-held assets.
Vantage was retained to investigate a competitor who our client believed engaged in illegal commercial activities in order to gain an unfair market edge.
During the course of its investigation, Vantage was able to prove that, inter alia, the competitor engaged in a series of secret transactions in violation of international sanctions with the involvement of a Western-based publicly traded industrial holding.
Vantage was retained to investigate a failed professional services firm whose owners sought multi-million dollar insurance cover on fraudulent grounds. In support of the legal defense that the insurance claims were fraudulent.
Vantage was able to demonstrate that, in fact, the commercial activities of the firm in question were themselves fraudulent.
This allowed the client to strengthen its position and not only deny coverage but also seek damages.
Vantage was retained by an international industrial holding to investigate a senior executive in one of its national offices suspected of engaging in fraudulent transactions with counter-parties in which he secretly held a financial interest.
Vantage confirmed the client’s suspicions and was also able to demonstrate that the senior executive in question engineered the dismissal of other senior staff who were suspicious of the transactions in order to prevent them from further discovering and exposing the fraud.
Our findings allowed the client to successfully pursue legal claims against the former executive and recover damages caused by his actions.
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.
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.
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.
We were instructed by an AIM-listed telecommunications company to investigate suspected collusion between financial bloggers and investment funds who were alleged to have coordinated an attack on the client’s share price which involved amassing short positions prior to the publication of damaging information about one of the client’s former executives.
Our investigation found that a certain financial blogger was at the forefront of an effort to intentionally and strategically publicize information about the client that was designed to have the most significant negative impact on the client’s stock price.
Through research and extensive covert inquiries with industry sources, we confirmed the relationship between the financial blogger and one particular investment fund – which held shares in the client company and was one of the first funds to adopt a short position – which was also found to be involved in gathering and disseminating damaging information about the client.