DEEP BACKGROUND

THE BLOG ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKING

    February 25th, 2019

    Inside a law firm’s vetting of clients

    By Jack Mintz

    TOPICS: Due diligence

    The “Paradise Papers,” a cache of 6.8-million internal documents of the Bermuda-based Appleby law firmleaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), portray struggles inside the firm over how stringent its background screening of clients should be.  The disagreements often pit the firms’ compliance offices against some other executives about how to handle client accounts […]

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    February 5th, 2019

    Each of the ‘Big Four’ publicly disclose sexual misconduct firings, embracing transparency.

    By Jack Mintz

    The Financial Times reported that PwC, EY, KPMG and Deloitte (Britain’s four largest accounting firms) fired dozens of their partners in the last three years citing ‘inappropriate behavior’ including bullying and sexual harassment.  This reflects a broader cultural shift in the way organizations respond to such issues. In the past, victims – particularly those in […]

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    January 10th, 2019

    Arrest of Chinese ‘Billionaire’ Triggers Diligence Look-back

    By Jack Mintz

    A purported Chinese billionaire is now being held in detention by Chinese authorities on undisclosed criminal allegations, and the Beijing government seized control of his business empire.  Ye Jianming’s many investors and political allies around Asia, Europe and the U.S. may wish they had done more checking into his origin story before getting drawn in by […]

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    November 14th, 2018

    3 suitcases with 15 million in cash crossing the border. It’s not what you think.

    By Jack Mintz

    The New York Times reported that recently “Israel allowed a car to cross into Gaza with three suitcases holding $15 million in cash. By Friday morning, thousands of civil servants and police officers employed by Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza, were at the post office to collect sorely needed back pay.” Like other […]

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    July 31st, 2018

    When Background Screening an Inside Candidate, You Might Want to Check Your Own Files

    By Jack Mintz

    The first in the series of mishaps at University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine occurred in March 2016, when the school’s then-dean –we will call him Dean #1 — abruptly resigned.  It later emerged that he had been at the scene of a young woman’s drug overdose in a Pasadena hotel room, the Los […]

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    July 18th, 2018

    [Podcast] How to Uncover Sexual Misconduct and What Companies Frequently Get Wrong

    By Jack Mintz

    Jim Mintz, founder and CEO of Mintz Group, spoke with MMG Editor Kathryn Mulligan about how the #MeToo movement is influencing companies’ investigations of prospective employees and board members, and how it’s impacting due diligence during an M&A transaction. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience conducting investigations all over the world, Mintz weighs […]

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    July 18th, 2018

    How Private Investigators and Funders Work Together to Deliver Value to Clients

    By Jack Mintz

    In this edition of Vannin Capital’s In Conversation Series, Managing Directors Alexandra Dosman and Alan Guy from Vannin Capital speak to Mintz Group Partner Ian Casewell to unearth the true efficiencies that both private investigators and third party funders bring to the dispute resolution process.   Alan Guy (AG): Because we’ve all seen too many […]

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    May 14th, 2018

    Questionable college degrees on the resumes of the powerful

    By Jack Mintz

    Cristina Cifuentes, premier of Madrid, has returned to King Juan Carlos University the master’s degree in public law that she was awarded in 2012, after the news emerged recently that she never attended classes or took exams, news articles said. A university official had changed her transcript to state she finished the courses.  Cifuentes said she defended […]

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    May 8th, 2018

    Even a “rigorous pre-employment check” can miss it.

    By Jack Mintz

    TOPICS: Due diligence

    A business that forces out an employee for questionable behavior often tries to keep the news from outsiders, including prospective future employers looking for references, for fear of generating a lawsuit from the ex-employee.  The first employer’s silence can make it hard for even the most careful next employer seeking to protect itself and its […]

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    April 17th, 2018

    The former boxer may regret saying, “You can call me Floyd Crypto Mayweather from now on.”

    By Jack Mintz

    TOPICS: Due diligence

      When federal authorities recently charged two 20-something cryptocurrency promoters with lying to investors, it was “a harsh awakening for celebrities who have entered the wild west of initial coin offerings amid the Bitcoin craze,” Fortune magazine said. Boxer Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled had been social-media promoters of the cryptocurrency company Centra Tech Inc., […]

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