Whispering Bell been offering Due Diligence Advisory Services for nearly a decade, supporting multinational corporations, regional companies, and private equity firms in multiple dimensions of their business and investment decisions. We help our clients gather and verify the key market and operational data required to provide context for their final decisions on an investment, partnership or other business decision. We have in the past supported well-known clients seeking to invest in the oil and gas, manufacturing, power, technology, telecommunications, transportation, infrastructure, and healthcare/pharmaceuticals industries, among others. Our support also often crosses jurisdictional borders and spans the Middle East and Africa regions, as well as other regions around the globe as needed. We often win with clients who need our specific capabilities to gather hard-to-access on-the-ground information from local sources, often in local languages - information that is often obtainable no other way.

Due diligence involves the important work to ascertain the background and character of an organization, whether a potential business partner, investor, or investment target, in order to avoid the risks associated with a business or financial transaction with that organization. These risks can be very tangible, such as financial, legal or business operational risks, or less tangible, such as reputational risks associated with doing business with the counterparty. All of these risks can have very real, often multi-million dollar consequences for companies involved in the business or transaction. For instance, a company may be, strictly speaking, performing business in strictly legal manner, but still have a reputation for ethical issues in the local market. It may also turn out to have ties to other parties who have legal or financial issues that create a significant exposure to those doing business with the company. We examine all aspects of a target company - tangible and intangible, as well as formal and informal affiliates in order to flag potential issues for our clients.

Importantly, our support does not stop at gathering of information, as we have the analytical depth and understanding to put the information in context and perform the analysis necessary to make it applicable to our clients. This means that a due diligence assessment performed by Whispering Bell will have additional insight gleaned from the local context. The local context can be anything from a well-founded assessment of the political, social, cultural and business risk around an investment to an adjustment to the simple financial metrics that may not apply in the specific target frontier market.

Our information capabilities depend on our region-spanning network of researchers and analysts experienced in working among hostile markets and failing states, as well as our robust cyber forensics capability. These complementary capabilities mean that we can access information and provide evidentiary insights where others cannot – and often piece together a complete picture that either capability on its own would not deliver.

Our services include:

  • Partner vetting
  • Local human topography
  • Market sizing, overview, and competitive breakdown
  • Political, financial, and security risk

In the recent past, we have performed due diligence work in all countries of the GCC, as well as Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Kenya, to name a few.

For more information on our due diligence services, please contact Whispering Bell at [email protected]