Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much do you charge for your services?

Every situation is unique and requires a certain amount of time and attention in order to achieve Your stated objectives. We engage with other like-mind teams with a simple goal – share the knowledge we have accumulated, and the network we have built – because it’s the right thing to do. Let’s start there and create a path that works for everyone!

What kind of consulting services do you offer?

Through our firm and established relationships we have created over the decades, we can offer and have access to a myriad of specialized services.

Corporate intelligence through investigative work, also known as corporate investigations, involves gathering, analyzing, and interpreting information to help businesses make informed decisions and mitigate risks. These investigations can uncover issues related to making sound investment decisions, and other activities that might negatively impact a company. Here are the key aspects of business intelligence through this work:

  1. Due Diligence: Working closely with Private Equity, Venture Capital, Family Offices, and Law Firms to offer services for
    • Mergers and Acquisitions: Conducting thorough due diligence to evaluate the integrity, performance, and reputation of potential acquisition targets, as well as the principals with the organization.
    • Third-Party Relationships: Assessing the reliability and credibility of potential business partners, banks and investment banks, law firms and CPA’s, and suppliers or clients. Oftentimes this means traveling to visit, inspect, and evaluate these relationships first hand.
    • Public Company Listings: SPAC’s, IPO’s, Reg D offerings and other investment vehicles requiring regulatory oversight.
  2. Family Office Advisory:
    • Traditional Banking and Investment Banking: Researching and evaluating the credit worthiness, stability and long term viability of institutions globally.
    • Law Firms, Accounting Firms and Consultants: In depth research based upon Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) collection techniques, access to various legal databases, and other forensic sources we have access to.
    • Physical Asset Acquisition, Management and Protection: Provision of discreet services catering to celebrities, athletes, HNW and UHNW family offices seeking to maintain a certain level of privacy.

How do you ensure my privacy?

High net worth individuals (HNWIs) seeking discretion in their financial transactions can employ several strategies and structures to ensure privacy and confidentiality. Here are some of the best practices:

1. Use of Trusts

  • Discretionary Trusts: These trusts provide significant privacy as the beneficiaries do not have control over the trust’s assets. The trustee manages the assets and can distribute them at their discretion.
  • Blind Trusts: The settlor has no knowledge or control over the management of the trust assets, adding an extra layer of privacy.

2. Private Banking Services

  • Confidential Accounts: Private banks often offer high levels of discretion and confidentiality for their clients.
  • Personalized Service: Private bankers provide tailored services that ensure minimal disclosure of the client’s identity and transactions.

3. Offshore Banking

  • Secrecy Jurisdictions: Some jurisdictions, like Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Singapore, have strict bank secrecy laws that protect client information.
  • Offshore Companies and Trusts: Using offshore entities can add layers of separation between the individual’s name and their assets.

4. Use of Legal Entities

  • Limited Liability Companies (LLCs): Holding assets through LLCs can provide a layer of privacy, as the LLC’s name is used in transactions rather than the individual’s.
  • Family Offices: Establishing a family office can centralize and privatize financial management.

5. Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)

  • With Service Providers: Ensure that all service providers, including financial advisors, accountants, and lawyers, sign robust NDAs.
  • Transaction Counterparties: Use NDAs in significant transactions to ensure all parties maintain confidentiality.

6. Cryptocurrencies

  • Privacy Coins: Cryptocurrencies like Monero and Zcash offer enhanced privacy features.
  • Bitcoin and Mixing Services: While Bitcoin is not entirely anonymous, using mixing services can help obscure transaction trails.

7. Legal and Financial Advisors

  • Top-Tier Law Firms: Engaging reputable law firms that specialize in wealth management can provide legal structures designed for maximum discretion.
  • Tax Advisors: Experienced tax advisors can help navigate tax obligations while maintaining privacy.

8. Alternative Investments

  • Art and Collectibles: Investing in physical assets like art or collectibles can offer privacy, as these transactions often do not require public disclosure.
  • Private Equity and Hedge Funds: Participating in private equity or hedge funds can offer more anonymity compared to public markets.

9. Data Security Measures

  • Secure Communication Channels: Use encrypted communication tools and secure email services.
  • Cybersecurity: Implement robust cybersecurity measures to protect financial information from breaches.

10. Philanthropic Foundations

  • Private Foundations: Establishing private foundations can allow HNWIs to make charitable contributions discreetly.

Important Considerations

  • Compliance: Ensure that all privacy measures comply with relevant laws and regulations to avoid legal issues.
  • Tax Obligations: Seek advice to ensure that privacy measures do not lead to tax evasion accusations.
  • Ethical Considerations: Balance the need for privacy with ethical considerations to avoid potential negative publicity or reputational damage.

By employing a combination of these strategies, HNWIs can achieve a high level of discretion in their financial transactions while ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

Are these services available only in Florida?

No, we have an extensive global network of trusted sources, partners, and professionals with whom we have personally conducted significant transactions. As you would imagine, most of our clients expect and receive the highest levels of discretion when it comes to disclosing details.

What is Cryptocurrency and De-fi?

Cryptocurrency, sometimes called crypto-currency or crypto, is any form of currency that exists digitally or virtually and uses cryptography to secure transactions. Cryptocurrencies don’t have a central issuing or regulating authority, instead using a decentralized system to record transactions and issue new units. The underlying technology is referred to as blockchain technology.

A blockchain is a distributed database that is shared among the nodes of a computer network. As a database, a blockchain stores information electronically in digital format. Blockchains are best known for their crucial role in cryptocurrency systems, such as Bitcoin, for maintaining a secure and decentralized record of transactions. The innovation with a blockchain is that it guarantees the fidelity and security of a record of data and generates trust without the need for a trusted third party.

Decentralized finance (DeFi) is an emerging financial technology based on secure distributed ledgers similar to those used by cryptocurrencies. The system removes the control banks and institutions have on money, financial products, and financial services.