Background Research / Business Intelligence

Different industries define "business intelligence" in different ways.  Human resources personnel may require background research on an executive candidate. Business development directors may require competitive intelligence on a competitor’s new product launch.  

Discovering the true standing of a potential partner makes good business sense. Alternatively, a judgment against a bankrupt adversary may not be worth pursuing.  Nardizzi & Associates accesses thousands of databases with public records and open source information such as: news/media references, litigation, bankruptcies, contracts, internet postings, past address histories, liens and judgments, business affiliations, securities filings, etc.—these are just a few areas that clients call upon the firm for timely reporting.  

Armed with a backbone of database intelligence, and if the situation warrants, the firm then interviews relevant parties such as former employees, contractors, and industry experts to flesh out non-confidential information.

• Venture capital / equity financing
 
• Executive and other high-level hires

• Personal assistants / nanny / child care

• Mergers and acquisitions

Asset searches

• Due diligence background checks

• Competitive intelligence

• Benchmark surveys

• Vendor contracting


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Some case studies:

• Executive not what he appeared:  A client in the venture capital industry contemplated a relationship with a well-known individual.  Research revealed possible business entities associated with that individual in a distant state.  Further research confirmed that the individual controlled those businesses, which were facing numerous lawsuits alleging embezzlement and fraud.  Moreover, the individual’s real property holdings were burdened with heavy debt.  Armed with those insights, the client decided to forgo the relationship.

• Hedge fund manager arrested; Nardizzi report saved investor millions

02/27/09 - In the wake of repeated news of SEC investigations of hedge fund and investment management firms, an investment bank credited an early-stage due diligence report by investigative firm Nardizzi & Assocs. Inc. for saving clients from multi-million dollar fraud losses.

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a Pearl River, N.Y., investment management firm Westgate Capital Management, LLC and its managing member, James M. Nicholson with operating a large-scale scheme that defrauded hundreds of investors of millions of dollars. The SEC alleges that Westgate solicited investors with false claims of an almost unbroken eight-year string of monthly investment successes.

In the fall of 2007, a New York investment bank had retained Nardizzi & Assoc. to investigate links between Nicholson, Westgate, and other individuals. The report issued by Nardizzi swayed the investment bank away from investing with Nicholson.

The investigation into Nicholson began when Westgate investors reacted to alleged Ponzi mastermind Bernard Madoff's $50 billion scheme. When they began to redeem their own investments in different Westgate hedge funds, nearly $5 million in checks bounced.
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Proof Our Hedge Fund Due Diligence is Second to None


Background Coverage

~ Personal identifiers (SSN, DOB, etc.)
~ Address History of 20+ years
~ Education Verification
~ Employment Verification
~ Business Interests
~ Patriot Act
~ Know Your Customer
~ Regulatory Checks
~ Debarred Parties & Sanctions Lists
~ FINRA. SEC, NASD, NFA
~ Professional Licenses
~ Court Records research with manual review nationwide up to 20+ years
~ CRD Filings