A Stewards Enquiry for Investment Due Diligence?

On Wednesday 22 May, Neotas hosted a networking evening with clients, peers and partners from across the Investment and M&A world. The evening began with an engaging panel discussion led by guest panellists, Dr. Mike Hicks of Catalysis Advisory, Carrie Osman of Cruxy...

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Political Parties & Public Faux Pas

One of the longest standing traditions in British politics is public faux pas, often in the form of controversial, ignorant or downright outrageous statements made by Members of Parliament. In the past, apart from the most egregious of quotes, MPs only had to survive...

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People shouldn’t be bought & sold…

Modern Slavery and human trafficking are some of the most widespread crimes in the world. An estimated 40.3 million people are victims of human trafficking, with 24.9m of these estimated to have been exploited for labour and 15.4m in forced marriage (according to the...

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Is it time to get your act together online?

Recent news has covered a string of incidents involving public figures in relation to their activity online. Yesterday, an actress was fired by a TV soap series due to historic and offensive tweets. What she had shared on a computer screen led to the producers taking...

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Part 3: How do we measure Culture?

In PART 2 of the Courage, Culture and Conduct series, Patrick Butler shared his views on courage as the foundation of a value-focused culture  >> READ HERE The question we are most often asked at the Conduct and Culture Academy (CCA) is, “how do you measure behaviour,...

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Seaborne Freight: the deal fraught with red flags

At the end of 2018, a £13.8m contract was awarded to a ferry company, Seaborne Freight, in preparation for the potential consequences of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. The company is expected to run ferry services between Ramsgate and Ostend from March onwards. However, in a...

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Is it time to PEP up your Due Diligence Process?

In 2017, Parliament passed the Money Laundering Regulations (MLRs) on the back of the EU’s Fourth Money Laundering Directive (4AMLD). With the aim of tackling terrorist financing and money laundering, the MLRs represented the government’s push to encourage businesses...

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Part 1: Fear as an Impediment to Success

The behavioural theories that underpin the regulators’ approach to mitigate misconduct, are also fundamental to driving success. If we focus on the behaviours that drive value in the long term, this will align interests of employees, managers, boards and shareholders...

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The Bigger Picture for Banks: OSINT meets AML

Between 2-5% of the global GDP is laundered globally in one year, amounting to approximately $2 trillion in current US dollars, according to an estimate by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. In the UK alone it is estimated that British banks spend £5bn each...

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A Fresher Take on Online Security

For many students across the country (including myself), an exciting new chapter of our life is about to begin as we head off to University. Anticipation builds as the day’s countdown to the infamous “freshers’ week”, and we are constantly reminded of the dangers that...

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A career which failed to launch

In the news this week: ‘NASA Intern loses job after accidental profanity-laced tweet to space council fellow’  In the never-ending series of social-media faux pas affecting an individual’s employment opportunities, the news which broke this week from NASA is perhaps...

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For the Greater Good: OSINT on the Rise

The Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) market has grown significantly in recent years and is anticipated to grow over the forecast period 2018-2023. OSINT’s interoperability across various markets allows clients from all over the world to apply it flexibly. It has been predominantly used in human intelligence…

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Backing the Right Horse

We were lucky enough to have our Neotas Summer party at Sandown races last night (photo below!) and with this came the realisation of the difficulties in backing the right horse. But how can horse racing be linked to the world of investment and due diligence? When the...

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Something fishy…

With my office circling for a blog this week, I decided to bite and to put a different kind of fin in fintech. So here it is, a blog that I can really get my teeth into. No fin can stop me now. Oh this is about to be so bad... This week is Shark Week and while it...

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Know Your Islanders

After 2 months of grafting, heart break, doing bits, questionable loyalty and copious amounts of sun burn, Love Island is now drawing to a close. As the remaining couples fight to reach the final, they remain oblivious to the month-long heat wave, England reaching the...

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Work experience at Neotas

During my work experience, I have learnt a lot about Neotas. You can find far more information than I thought you could on social media and on publicly accessible data. I’ve also learnt that they do investigations on people and companies to check if they are reputable...

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Dark Web Enlightenment

News broke last Friday of the arrest of a senior programmer from Israeli security firm, NSO Group, the company behind the infamous mobile spyware Pegasus. Allegedly faced with termination, he attempted to sell stolen source and development code valued at hundreds of...

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The Solution to Supply Chain Transparency

In February 2017, Michael Endsor of King’s College London demonstrated how Open Sources can be used in investigations into organised crime. In particular, he noted the use of social media in criminal investigations. By studying hashtags on Twitter and Instagram he was...

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The issue with supply chain transparency 

It has been 3 years since the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act in the United Kingdom, and so far it has produced mixed results. Whilst the percentage of businesses unmasking slavery in their supply chains has risen, the act is still struggling to apply serious...

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Neotas wins the World Cup

An England team picked by Neotas would win the football World Cup. It’s a bold claim, I know, but considering recent tournament attempts, you might as well hear us out. England have suffered from a team that never seems to gel. We have had plenty of brilliant players....

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Understanding the Modern Slavery Act

To many, slavery is a problem of the past. The unfortunate truth is that it’s still a global problem. Latest estimates from the UN rank modern slavery as the second-largest criminal activity in the world. In 2015, the UK introduced the Modern Slavery Act. It was the...

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Robbed on and off the pitch

Like much of the world, the Neotas team is eagerly awaiting the kick off to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Millions of fans from countries all around the world will be pouring into Russia to watch thirty-two teams battle it out for the most prized trophy in football....

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Penalties off the post: own goals on social media

In an increasing trend in British football, players are being reprimanded by the press and FA alike for historical activity on social media. In the most recent cases, the dubious online activity of a player has come to light only when they have made the news headlines...

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A global problem: slavery in supply chains

Since before Neotas was Neotas, social responsibility has been central to our team. As such, we’ve developed relationships with several charities and volunteer groups. Of note, is our relationship with STOP THE TRAFFIK; a coalition which aims to bring an end to human...

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