Investigative Tools & Techniques

Must-Have Investigative Tools

This video will look at databases, tools, and resources to investigate individuals and entities operating internationally.

The Art of Global Intelligence-Gathering: Facts vs. BS

This video will look at the opaque industry of global intelligence-gathering, including how to obtain and analyze information from sources of varying trustworthiness, credibility, and motivations who might have conflicting accounts in an attempt to determine where the truth is most likely to lie.

An Hour With the Experts: Following the Money with Jules and Jeremy Kroll

Jules Kroll, the founder of the modern corporate investigations industry, discusses the evolution of the industry over the course of his 50-year career with his son and business partner, Jeremy Kroll. In the conversation, Jules explores how he evolved his investigation and asset tracing techniques and strategies throughout his career to follow the money all the way back to its rightful owner. He dives into the importance of adapting these techniques and strategies to meet today’s challenges, including sanctions against Russia, the anonymity of cryptocurrency, and the increasing complexity of financial crimes. Recorded on April 26, 2022, at OffshoreAlert Miami 2022. 

The Mechanics of Crypto Investigations

This session will show you how to investigate who stole the crypto, where it went, whether it was converted into fiat currency, and who has the proceeds now. Speakers: Benedict Hamilton, Managing Director, Forensic Investigations and Intelligence, Kroll; Beth Bisbee, US Head of Investigations, Chainalysis; Hakob Stepanyan, Manager - Forensic Investigation & Litigation Services, BDO USA; and Monika Laird, Threat Finance Lead, TRM Labs.

Hunting Russian Oligarchs: Databases & Tools to Identify Their Assets

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has led to a surge in financial sanctions against Russian Oligarchs, banks, and other entities. The hunt is now on to identify beneficiaries, trace and freeze assets, including private jets and superyachts. Learn databases and tools that will help you know who you're dealing with and locate assets that they don't want you to know about. Presented by Ellen Hewitt, Senior Director, FTI Consulting; Nigel Nicholson, CEO, GreyList Trace; Roman Anin, Investigative Reporter, IStories; and Will Fitzgibbon, Investigative Reporter, ICIJ.

How to Investigate Crypto

This video discusses how to investigate crypto. Speakers: Daniel Burget (BDO USA), Ethan McMahon (Chainalysis), Nick Furneaux (CSITech)

Databases & Tools to Find Hidden Assets

This video presentation introduces some of the primary online databases that are useful in identifying assets for companies and individuals globally. Included is a discussion about public and private corporate disclosures, land registries, litigation and procurement records, as well as more creative tools such as construction and fire permits, satellite imagery, leaked and breached data and people search engines. Most of this data is free, but accessing it can sometimes be challenging due to technical, geographical and language barriers or sheer volume. The presentation will also show you how to build your own tools to access these records or, alternatively, buy ready-made commercial solutions that do it for you. Throughout, the presenter will include several examples from real cases, illustrating a wide array of tools, techniques and skills required for asset tracing. Presented by Cristopher Uglea (FTI Consulting).

Must-Have OSINT Tools for Financial Investigations

In this video, Ross Higgins talks through a variety of open source tools used by Bellingcat in a range of investigations, with a particular focus on financial investigations. He will also provide advice on the best ways to gather OSINT online. Speaker: Ross Higgins (Bellingcat)

Using Data to Map Organized Crime & Grand Corruption

This video will show you how to use and map data to enhance your investigations into serious financial crime. Presenters: Antonina Volkotrub (Anti-Corruption Action Centre), David Thompson (Altana AI), Thomas Ewing (C4ADS)

Investigations, Intelligence and Due Diligence on vLex’s Legal Intelligence Platform (Product Demo)

Learn how to access critical third party and legal risk data across 100+ jurisdictions with automatic translation into 14 languages in minutes and with one simplified search. With the world's largest collections of legal information located on one service, connected by 440 million relationships, it has never been easier to search 120 million legal documents, including exclusive Caribbean and offshore content. Take this guided tour of the vLex platform and learn about vLex's unparalleled coverage, technology, and why over 2 million worldwide have joined vLex. Speakers: Natalie Milman (vLex), Susan Cunningham (vLex)

How to Avoid Becoming the Next ‘Pandora Papers’

This video examines how bad actors and hostile intelligence gatherers can exploit your online visibility to target your workforce and turn them into human intelligence sources. This is what is commonly referred to as cresting the Insider Threat. We will look at hostile methodology through an offensive lens and how you can mitigate against it. Speaker: Kevin Weekes (ZENRS)

The ICIJ v. Offshore Finance

It's fair to say that the offshore corporate services industry feels aggrieved by the work of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. In this video, two representatives of the ICIJ and two offshore representatives will discuss projects such as the 'Panama Papers', 'Paradise Papers', and 'Pandora Papers' and, in particular, whether offshore finance is being treated fairly or unfairly.

AML Training in a Pandemic (Product Demo)

Anti-Money Laundering training becomes critical in a pandemic era, as criminal activity increases during times of economic uncertainty. Without the ability to engage staff in face-to-face, instructor-led training, other training […]

How To Conduct Visual Investigations

A member of The New York Times’ Visual Investigations team will demonstrate how to use digital sleuthing and the forensic analysis of visual evidence to determine the truth and establish […]

How I Exposed Neil Woodford & Other Stockmarket Scams

Neil Woodford was once considered Britain’s best fund manager, known by some as the country’s version of Warren Buffett, until it all came crashing down in 2019 amid multi-billion pound […]

Must-Have Tools For OSINT Investigations

A demonstration of Internet-based tools to help you find, monitor, and understand information on targets. Speaker Dylan Kennedy, Director at Intelpool Recorded at OffshoreAlert vGLOBAL on Monday 7 December 2020 […]

‘Gathering Information in Russia’ at vGLOBAL?

A session on how to conduct investigations and gather information in Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States will be held at next week’s OffshoreAlert vGLOBAL virtual […]

ICIJ’s ‘FinCEN Files’

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists discuss the 'FinCEN Files' in an OffshoreAlert webinar. "The FinCEN Files is a cross-border investigation based on secret documents that exposes how banks and regulators have failed the public by allowing dirty money to flow unchecked around the globe," says the ICIJ. "It shows how politicians, crooks, and tycoons – from Benin to Venezuela to Turkmenistan – profit at the expense of governments and ordinary people." The webinar took place from 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm EST on Thursday, September 24th, 2020. Presenters: Ben Hallman, Chief Reporter, ICIJ; Will Fitzgibbon, Investigative Reporter, ICIJ; Karrie Kehoe, Data Journalist, ICIJ

Artificial Intelligence Tools for Asset Recovery & Compliance

This session will look at artificial intelligence tools designed to locate assets, find beneficial owners, identify relationships between individuals and legal entities, help with compliance, and reduce general business risk.

Investigating The Investigators: An Analysis of Liabilities

Investigators prefer to work in the shadows but neither they, nor their clients, nor the law firms that hire them can afford to ignore the law. In this session, investigators and an attorney will discuss the liabilities of

How To Detect Investment Fraud

Detecting investment fraud is easy if you know what to look for. At this month's OffshoreAlert Conference, OffshoreAlert’s owner and editor, David Marchant, will explain how to avoid being taken to the cleaners by fraudsters who think nothing about relieving victims of their life-savings.

How To Detect & Avoid Investment Fraud

In this session, OffshoreAlert owner and editor David Marchant will explain how to identify red flags in investment schemes so you can avoid investing in, or providing services to, fraudulent schemes. OffshoreAlert has been exposing investment fraud relentlessly

Solving Previously Unsolvable Cases With Digital Forensics

Attend this session to learn how digital forensics, combined with good legal counsel, can lead to great results in civil litigation and other scenarios. Attendees will learn the process that allows material evidence to be gathered and civil litigators to get the truth.

Web-Sites That Short Stocks & Then Expose Them: Are They Making Money?

This session will look at investigative web-sites whose financial model is to profit from price falls in publicly-listed securities. They do this by identifying red flags in publicly-listed companies, shorting their shares, and then publishing the negative information for other investors to make of what they will.

Offshore Investigations & Fraud Detection: A Practical Guide

Investigators who are experienced in conducting investigations and gathering intelligence in Offshore Financial Centers will discuss what information is typically publicly-available in OFCs, the importance of developing a network of contacts in jurisdictions that pride themselves on secrecy, and how to identify red flags that might suggest wrongdoing.
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