Strategic Insight Group (SIG) is a private intelligence firm serving investors, corporations, and law firms.

SIG employs a unique zero-based analysis. Analysts assemble multiple data points according to tested protocols, drawing upon both open sources (OSINT) and close-source, in-country human intelligence (HUMINT). Analysis of the data suggests hypotheses, which are then tested through further rounds of data collection. SIG's zero-based analysis works organically upward from the data itself, resisting any prior assumptions and taking nothing for granted. Our intelligence process systematically resists biases and enables us to identify discontinuity as well as continuity.

It is the opposite of conventional thinking.  

 

 

 

INVESTORS

SIG’s primary clients are investors, ranging from family firms and high-net-worth individuals to private equity firms and pension funds. SIG’s clients include several of the 20 largest investors in the world. Services include investigating potential investments (individuals or entities, and their competitors); analyzing markets and political contexts; and performing pre-transactional due diligence and post-transactional monitoring, including “indications and warnings” monitoring of industrial, political, regulatory, and security conditions.

 

COMPANIES

SIG works for a range of public and private companies (often portfolio companies of investor clients), providing market intelligence (market entry and expansion); competitor, customer, and consumer analysis; investigation of potential partners or adversaries and their companies, including acquisition targets; anti-money-laundering and anti-corruption investigation; situational intelligence on problems; and political and regulatory intelligence.

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LAW FIRMS

SIG specializes in asset discovery and in intelligence on opposing litigants (to establish histories of persons and entities, links and connections, activity and behavioral patterns, strengths and vulnerabilities). 

Vertical Diligence

 

SIG’s “vertical” or full-spectrum diligence is a unique intelligence product that integrates detailed examinations of individuals and entities with market research and political risk analysis.

SIG’s team begins with deep investigation of individuals and entities, identifying and testing hypotheses about their connections with each other, and then examining the markets and the political context in which they operate. Vertical diligence is accretive and iterative rather than linear. The investigations and analyses grow organically, with each version refining and expanding upon its immediate predecessors.

The final result is a product that places each subject of investigation in its commercial, social, and political context, providing a much stronger tool for decision making by investors. The information is presented in an accessible and actionable format that is tailored precisely to meet the needs and goals of the client.

Vertical, full-spectrum diligence is not backgrounding with a political and economic veneer. Instead, it is a tightly integrated and sophisticated intelligence product unique to each client and to each case. Our clients find the product especially valuable when looking at investments, such as funds, that span political jurisdictions, economic systems, and cultural environments.

 

 

The New Diligence (joint venture)

 

The New Diligence is a joint-venture offering with the Kirchner Group, a leading North American merchant bank. Kirchner Group and SIG provide a unique combination of domain and operational business expertise with advanced intelligence gathering. The result is an offering designed to analyze and confirm decisions or limit broken-deal costs. The program enables investors to tap the expertise they need, when they need it, throughout the investment cycle, whether before, during, or after a transaction or on an ongoing, monitoring basis.