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Blogs 06 July 2020

Covid-19 and the coming of age of e-commerce in the MENA region

Retailers around the world are having to rapidly adapt to the way our shopping habits are changing. In our latest blog, we look at how retailers in the Middle East are introducing cashless payments, extending delivery options and moving increasingly online

Case studies 01 July 2020

Retrieving legal entity data and conducting due diligence on 750+ SMEs

A global bank approached Diligencia via one of our partners to help rapidly retrieve legal entity data on more than 750 SME account holders, combine that with customer due diligence (CDD) information already held by the client, and then design a risk ratings system based on the information gathered.

Blogs 09 June 2020

Togo's agricultural sector a magnet for overseas investors

Cash crops account for a significant percentage of Togo’s foreign exchange earnings and commercial farming contributions are increasingly vital to economic growth. In our latest blog we identify some of the key players and their investments benefiting Togo’s agrobusiness.

Blogs 03 June 2020

Effective collaboration - the UAE's response to the Covid-19 crisis

The UAE has been widely lauded for its response to the Covid-19 crisis. In our latest blog we take a closer look at how the state has harnessed its private healthcare sector to manage the crisis.

Case studies 01 June 2020

Mapping regional ownership structures for companies in the Middle East

A client was interested to understand the UBO structure and broader ownership connections of a large construction firm in Saudi Arabia.

Blogs 19 May 2020

LEIs and their value to regulatory compliance

“In the first four months of 2020 alone six new pieces of legislation have been enacted which directly involve or require the use of LEIs.” Read more from Patrick Lord on how businesses and regulatory authorities are placing increased emphasis on Legal Entity Identifiers.

Blogs 04 May 2020

Ultimate beneficial ownership in the UAE

The FATF recently published its assessment of the UAE’s efforts to implement AML and CTF measures, and identify UBO transparency as a major concern. James Redfern expands on these concerns and highlights why UBO information is critical for combating money laundering and terrorist financing.

Case studies 01 May 2020

Market research into historic corporate ownership in Algeria

A client was undertaking investigative research relating to a dispute with a company registered in Algeria and was looking to establish a formal connection between the company and a former shareholder.

Research 29 April 2020

Family offices in the Gulf – an ongoing evolution

We’re delighted to have contributed to the 10th edition of the Middle East Investment Panorama. Patrick Lord, our director and co-owner, takes an in-depth look at family offices in the Gulf region, key trends over the last 40 or so years and what the next generation might look like.

Case studies 01 April 2020

Research into a potential business partner in the UAE

Diligencia identified and compiled a full list of the individual’s shareholding interests and directorships in the UAE, and then completed additional due diligence, including local media research and checks for involvement in any civil and criminal litigation cases with local UAE courts.

Marketing material 31 March 2020

Family Offices product information

Our Family Offices dataset is a meticulously verified and growing collection of identified high net-worth families.

Blogs 02 March 2020

The IT market - Saudi Arabia

The IT market in Saudi Arabia is expected to reach SAR 48 billion by 2021 as the government continues to inject significant investments into technology to promote digital transformation initiatives in support of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. We look at the local players.

Case studies 01 March 2020

Market entry for global manufacturer in Iran

A major European automotive manufacturer was considering setting up a manufacturing facility in Iran and needed in-depth knowledge on the local market.

Blogs 04 February 2020

Identity crisis? LEIs and their role in promoting clarity and compliance

The global Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) was the initiative of the G20 and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) to help bring transparency to the international financial system. Diligencia has recently added LEIs to all of the entities in our region that have been assigned them so far.

Blogs 04 February 2020

Leopoldino Fragoso do Nascimento, aka “General Dino”

In partnership with Causeway Partners Ltd, our blog examines Leopoldino Fragoso do Nascimento’s (aka “General Dino”) activities in Angola, his corporate interests and reflects on the recent news that the country’s courts have issued a preventive seizure of his assets.

Case studies 01 February 2020

Tracking an escape route – Iraq / Turkey / UAE

Diligencia identified two entities, one in the UAE and one in Iraq, and their key registration and ownership structures to help with a fraud investigation by a well-known financial news publisher.

Blogs 20 January 2020

Big business in Uganda

Winston Churchill called Uganda “the pearl of Africa” due to its abundant resources, incredible biodiversity and varied geography. In our latest blog, we look at some of Uganda’s most successful businesspeople and their commercial interests.

Blogs 07 January 2020

Angola: tomorrow's #1 diamond producer?

Angola is the fifth largest diamond producer in the world and the third biggest in Africa. With diamond reserves estimated at 180 million carats, could Angola be on track to become the world’s top producer?

Case studies 01 January 2020

Strategic market risk assessment for global pharmaceutical firm – Syria

Diligencia completed an extensive analysis of the pharmaceutical sector in Syria, based partly on access to open sources and public record documentation, but chiefly relying on our source network in the country.

Blogs 17 December 2019

Saudi Aramco: where ambition meets clarity – Diligencia’s year in review

Patrick Lord reflects on the importance of Tenacity in a year which saw Saudi Arabia finally realise its IPO ambitions.

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