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The Guide to a Career in the Investigations & Intelligence Industry - Part 2

over 2 years ago by Ben Kinley

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How Do I Get a Job in the Investigations & Intelligence Industry?

This is one of the questions I'm most frequently asked both by graduates and those who have an established career path in related industries such as Compliance, Law, Government, Research, Information Technology and more.

As you'll have seen from the commentary from some of our contributors, there are certain skill sets highly prized by the firms that most proactively hire in the Investigations & Intelligence space. These include language skills, personable skills and attributes, strong academics (across a range of disciplines) and technology capabilities. There are so many entry routes into the sector these days and opportunities within the management consultancy firms, government departments, NGOs, law firms and major corporations.

There are a number of ways you can secure a role within the industry;

  1. Speak with headhunting firms like mine. Feel free to contact me on

  2. Regularly browse the careers pages of the most frequent hiring firms in your local area (many firms are listed at the bottom of this guide)

  3. Use your own network and connections to scout for opportunities in the sector

You should of course ensure that your CV / Resume highlights your relevant qualifications, experience and skill set.

What companies exist within the investigations & business intelligence space and where are they based?

With increased demand globally for investigations & intelligence services, there are now a wide array of businesses that offer consulting services or technology solutions and of course organisations which have built their in-house teams including law firms, banks & finance firms, the telecoms industry, the extractives & commodities sectors and of course government agencies.

Some of the consultancy firms, law firms, technology disrupters and accounting firms that offer investigative services can be founded listed below. Please note this is not an exhaustive list.

Dedicated pure-play Investigations & Business Intelligence consultancy firms:

The below firms either exclusively offer investigations & intelligence consultancy services or are best known for their work within these sectors:


Locations: London

BlackPeak Group

Locations: Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou)

Control Risks

Locations: London (head office), The Netherlands, Germany, Russia, France, Denmark, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Colombia, Mexico, Los Angeles, New York, Brazil, Canada, Washington DC, China, India, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Korea, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and more.

Aperio Intelligence

Locations: London (UK)

Cross-boarder Information

Locations: London (UK), Hastings (UK)

Crumpton Group LLC

Locations: Washington DC

Freech Group

Locations: Delaware & New York

Forensic Rosk Alliance (FRA)

Locations: London (UK), Washington DC, Providence, Paris (France), Zurich (Switzerland), Canada

G3 - Good Governance Group

Locations: London


Locations: London (head office), Dubai


Locations: London (head office), New York, Singapore, Tokyo

Hillard Heintze

Locations: Chicago (Illinois)

Intelligence Options

Locations: New York (head office)

Inkerman Group

Locations: Kent, UK

IPSA International

Locations: New York (head office), London, California, Arizona, North Carolina, Hong Kong, Dubai, Florida

K2 Intelligence

Locations: New York (head office), London, Switzerland, Spain, California, Israel


Locations: New York (head office), London, India, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Dubai, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Canada, California, Washington DC, Florida (Miami) and many more.

Kroll is the industry pioneer and the dominant investigations & intelligence consultancy firm worldwide.

Minz Group

Locations: New York (head office), Washington DC, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas, London, China, Hong Kong, Africa, Brazil


Locations: New York (head office), London, Washington DC, Hong Kong, Dubai, Italy, Florida, Japan


Locations: New York (head office)

Risk Advisory Group

Locations: London (head office), Washington DC, Russia, Dubai, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia

Sargass Group

Locations: Mexico City

SET Advisory

Locations: London


Locations: London (head office), Switzerland, South Africa, Brazil, Africa

Stoneturn Group

Locations: US (Austin, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC), London (UK)

Stirling Assynt

Locations: London

Veracity Worldwide

Locations: New York (head office), London, Singapore

Neon Century

Locations: London

Hill & Associates

Locations: Hong Kong, Shanghai (China), India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), Vietnam

Haymarket Risk Management

Locations: London

Lynx Insights & Investigations

Locations: San Francisco, Los Angeles


Locations: Kent (UK)

Pelican Worldwide

Locations: London

KCS Group

Locations: Hong Kong, Austria, Hungary, Thailand, Florida\


Locations: London, Dubai

Greyhawk Intelligence

Locations: London

Beau Dietl & Associates

Locations: New York

CRI Group

Locations: Dubai (head office), London, Qatar, New York, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi


Locations: London (head office), New York, Switzerland, Russia, Brazil

Macro Advisory Partners

Locations: London (UK), New York

PGI - Protection Group International

Locations: Caddington (UK), London (UK)

G4S Risk Consulting

Locations: London

Stroz Friedberg

Locations: (Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, Zurich)

PSA Group

Locations: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manila, Sydney, Duabi


Consultancy Firms That Offer Investigations & Business Intelligence Services Alongside Several Other Practice Areas

The following firms are well known within the investigations & intelligence consultancy sector but also offer other services which can range from crisis communication to corporate finance to economic consulting and regulatory compliance:

FTI Consulting

Locations: US (multiple including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New York, Texas, Virginia & Washington), Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama), Cayman Islands, Asia Pacific (Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore), Europe (London, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Russia, Spain), Qatar, UAE and South Africa.


Locations: multiple international including US, Asia & UK

Duff & Phelps

Locations: The Americas (multiple including Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico Citi, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Washington DC), Europe & Asia (multiple including Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, India, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Hong Kong, Switzerland, London, Italy, France, Singapore, Tokyo, China)


Locations: Argentina (Buenos Aires), Australia (Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney), Bahrain, Brazil (Rio, Sao Paulo), Canada, Chile, China (Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Senzhen), France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Qatar, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, US (multiple including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC), London (UK)

Alvarez & Marsal

Locations: Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, UAE, UK, US (multiple including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detriot, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC)

Berkeley Research Group

Locations: Americas (multiple including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detriot, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington DC), South America (Colombia, Panama, Brazil), Hong Kong, Kuwait, Singapore


Locations: Americas (Boston, Argentina, Chicago, Dallas, Detriot, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC), Abu Dhabi, UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul,

Ankura Consulting Group

Americas (Atlanta, Charlottesville, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Parsippany, Washington DC)

Teneo Intelligence

Locations: New York, London (UK)


Locations: Hong Kong, London, New York, Silver Spring, Singapore, Toronto


Accountancy Firms That Also Offer Significant Capabilities Within Investigations & Intelligence

From the big four (KPMG, EY, Deloitte, PwC) through to more boutique accounting firms, the below organisations do significant work within the investigations & intelligence world:






Begbies Traynor

Grant Thornton

Baker Tilly

Smith & Williamson

Moore Stephens


HA Macintryre Hudson


Law Firms That Offer Investigations & Intelligence Services or Have In-House Teams

These law firms either offer investigations & intelligence services to clients or have built in-house capabilities:


Locations: UK (London)

Enyo Law

Locations: UK (London)


Technology Disrupters in the Investigations & Intelligence Industry

The below firms are technology providers who offer products & services within the investigations & intelligence sector:







The Sign-Off

I hope this guide proves to be a useful resource to anyone with an interest in the investigations & intelligence sectors. Many thanks of course to our contributors: Scott Moritz (Protiviti), Stewart Kelly (Veracity Worldwide), Alison Taylor, Nick Philipps Jones (Sargasso Group), Matias Mora (Berkeley Research Group), Eduardo Sampaio (Independent), Stephanie Lhomme (FTI Consulting), Richard Prior (Risk Advisory Group), Jack Clode (BlackPeak Group), Mike Malarkey & Carlo Miani (FRA), Rachel Sexton (EY) and Paul Austin (Enyo Law)

Please do share this resource amongst your network with anyone who may find it a useful resource. Comments for revisions & amendments are most welcome.

This guide was comprised by Ben Kinley, Managing Director of the Corporate Governance recruitment & search firm Lawson Chase. Contact:

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