Monetary trails invariably remain when an unsuspecting employer or trusting investor is defrauded. Identifying and following these trails is the foundation of most financial investigations. Guidepost Solutions excels in finding and recovering assets on behalf of trustees, creditors’ committees, corporations and individuals domestically and globally to uncover hidden assets, wherever they may be secreted.
Our successful track record with asset searches and recovery includes numerous jurisdictions. We have worked extensively in jurisdictions which provide offshore asset secrecy and protection, e.g., the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caymans, Channel Islands, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Cyprus, Panama and other countries in Central America, and various countries in Asia. Our success also includes South America, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, the Former Soviet States, Scandinavia, and a number of other Middle Eastern and African nations.
Asset searches begin with background investigations on any related parties in order to identify evidence of assets held by these individuals. Expert investigators search public and proprietary databases and conduct discreet interviews of relevant witnesses where necessary. Research on corporate entities involved in the matter is conducted to develop general profiles of these companies and identify assets held by them.
Research is performed using a variety of public record resources, including:
- Corporate filings
- Real property records
- Motor vehicle, watercraft and aircraft ownership
- Federal and state criminal proceedings
- Federal and state civil litigation
- Bankruptcy proceedings
- Lien and judgment filings
- Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filings
- Reviews of media sources and Internet web sites
Our Asset Tracing team has conducted more than 100 financial investigations involving embezzlement, fictitious billing scams, inventory theft, and high-profile bankruptcy fraud matters. The team includes forensic accountants and investigators who have mastered the skills of making distinctions between irrelevant and crucial data and extracting the evidence necessary for success. The investigator must not only see what is there, but also what should be there and is not. Our team members are well-known experts for investigating criminal and civil financial impropriety and use their considerable experience to their client’s benefit.
Once the assets are found, we work with our clients through the legal system to restore the assets to their rightful owner.