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We are looking to enter into the emerging markets in Africa and possibly form joint ventures with other companies. How do we verify the legitimacy of the companies?

Africa is a continent with nearly a billion consumers and offers many business opportunities across a range of services and sectors. Several African countries are witnessing growth rates of over 7% per annum and provide opportunities for investment. Yet, Africa is a continent on which reputation and fortunes are made and lost in a day. Corruption in Africa is endemic ...

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What if the security situation within a country where our staff operates changes. Can you provide us with regular updates of the current situation and expected developments?

When your staff are working in an African country and that country experiences political, social or economic upheaval, you should be concerned as to the safety and security of your staff – both local and expatriates. Often, the media reports provide a specific slant to their stories, but you need fact-based analysis and real-time reporting of events, as they unfold ...

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Can you conduct criminal and civil record searches on an individual?

We conduct criminal and civil record searches on any individual, in any African country based on full identifying particulars. The challenge is to find the correct national identity number or similar identifier to confirm that the criminal and civil record searches refer to the right individual. For example, every South African national is given a 13-digit national identification number on ...

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How do we know whether our company has to comply with the FCPA or the Anti-Bribery Act?

To determine your legal requirements in terms of compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act, it is advised that you follow one of these links: http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/ http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/23/contents However, in simple terms, if you are an American company listed on the New York Stock Exchange and you have employees working in foreign countries who might ...

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Will you be able to assist me with an enhanced due diligence inquiry in South Sudan?

We can certainly assist you with conducting an enhanced due diligence on a company or an individual in South Sudan. However, unlike many other African countries, corporate filings are poorly maintained and do not accurately reflect the principals or shareholders in many registered companies. As a result, we conduct primary source enquiries within the Government Ministries, Regulatory Authorities, media and ...

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