Verification of connection

Verification of Connections – Case Study

In this case study, we will discuss a scenario in which a member of the board of a foreign company operating in Poland approached Verificators. The client insisted on maintaining complete confidentiality while handling the case, especially in relation to the management of the Polish branch, which should not be informed about our investigation. The client’s goal was to verify connections and understand how agreements were made by the Polish management with other companies without conducting a tender for their services. The lack of available tender documents led the company’s management to suspect potential connections between these entities and the Polish representatives of the company. The task was to thoroughly examine this matter.

Initiating the Verification Process

During the verification process, our analysts focused on both the management of the Polish branch and the entities they had entered into collaboration with. When verifying a company, we take a broader perspective, considering key individuals holding significant positions within it. The client also had concerns about whether the entities involved in collaboration were intentionally created. In this situation, gathering information required special attention to ensure nothing escaped our notice.

It is worth noting that the mentioned organizations also collaborated on similar terms with other companies in our client’s industry. These were public pieces of information easily found on the partners’ websites. The investigation also revealed that one of the companies, which had also signed a partnership agreement with the entities under scrutiny, was managed by a family member of the management of the Polish branch of our client’s company.

Analysis of Financial Reports

The analysis of the financial reports of the entities under scrutiny unequivocally showed that this collaboration brought them significant benefits. After entering into collaboration with our client’s company, their revenues increased significantly in a very short period, especially when compared to previous financial results. Initially, these organizations seemed unrelated and operated in different industries. However, a basic check of registration data revealed that the companies were managed by the same individuals and shared a common address. This prompted us to conduct a more in-depth analysis.

Revealing Mutual Relations

Throughout the verification process, we utilized various tools and databases. Standard procedures included analyzing the National Court Register, land registry records, and media reports. Another step involved reviewing the social media accounts of key individuals from both the client’s side and the entities under scrutiny. In this case, this action proved crucial, as in-depth analysis revealed mutual relationships and interactions between individuals representing the Polish branch of our client’s company and the managing entities we investigated. These interactions included reactions and comments on an online platform by both parties. It could be inferred that these individuals were acquainted on a personal level. These findings confirmed our client’s suspicions. It turned out that specific connections existed between the management of the Polish branch and the previously mentioned companies. These relationships could have influenced the collaboration despite the absence of a tender and any tender documents, such as an offer.

Summary – Verification of Connections

The case study we described illustrates that we meticulously examine and analyze the information we acquire. Some cases are so intricate that finding a starting point is challenging. In such situations, we approach the matter differently and reanalyze all data to ensure nothing escapes our attention. While thorough scrutiny of social media is a standard practice, in our work, we often need to go beyond standards and patterns to uncover what someone is trying to conceal.

After concluding the investigation, we presented the client with a detailed report containing not only our findings but also providing evidence confirming their concerns. The report not only presented collected data but also its analysis, as the analysis holds the greatest value. We left further steps in the hands of the client, providing them with necessary information for legal actions.

Author: Piotr Dobosz

*For the respect and safety of our clients, all sensitive data has been anonymised for publication purposes.

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