Case Study

SMI Case Study

In 2013, SMI was approached by a group of American investors who were looking to acquire and develop real estate in a depressed European country. The investors were required by the depressed country’s legal system to have a local national as the majority shareholder in any business transaction. As a result, the partners established a joint venture with a local national.

Despite the fact that millions of US dollars had been transferred that morning, SMI was called in to perform a last minute background check on the local partner and to conduct a due-diligence assessment of his corporation. Within less than 24 hours, the SMI research team was able to determine – through the use of open-source research, proprietary databases, and on-the-ground intelligence – that the partner was a fraud and that his company was merely a front. SMI immediately reported the information to the client, who was able to cancel payment on the transaction and recover their initial investment.

Security Consulting Case Study

Overview:
Large international banking institution expanded operations into a hostile region of the world.

Challenge:
Required assistance in ensuring that the environment was suitable for successful business operations and company personnel/infrastructure safety.

Solution:
Looked to SMI to provide a full-scope security assessment and operations planning. SMI responded with the following:

  • Performed on-the-ground vulnerability assessments of company critical infrastructure and employee housing
  • Utilized personal liaison contacts with local police and military, as well as US Embassy, to provide logistical support during VIP visits
  • Researched criminal and terrorism trends through open-source reporting
  • Provided information on “safe zones” and areas to avoid, as well as qualitative threat assessment reporting
  • Interviewed prospective local private security firms to provide executive protection for employees, such as armored vehicles, local guard force and electronic surveillance systems
  • Trained company personnel prior to leaving for location on surveillance detection and personal security techniques
  • Accompanied executives during initial entry into country to provide protection, guidance and support
  • Wrote emergency response plans and trained employees on their use

Results:
Upon successful entry into the country, the banking institution continues to benefit from an improved security posture and relatively safe employee living/working environment. The institution retains the services of SMI, which provides periodic security reviews and updated employee training.


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