Sabre Associates are carefully selected and are required to maintain transparency and work to the highest ethical standards at all times. They have many years of national and international experience of working in the research, analytics communication and community risk management fields as well as in the creation of strong integrated organizational structures, Sabre’s team of associates are skilled, fluent in local languages and dialects and qualified to successfully plan, manage, monitor and evaluate large scale development and research initiatives.
Compliance and Ethics
Sabre has a long-standing commitment to conducting its business with integrity and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. A commitment to integrity is critical to how Sabre conducts business and maintains its reputation in the various commercial sectors and communities in which it does business. Sabre is responsible for knowing the laws and regulations of the jurisdictions in which it operates and for understanding the basic principles and conducting itself accordingly. Sabre is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Investigating the identity and background of individuals and gathering data on corporate entities, their structures, activities and influences can be time consuming and complicated. This can often need the involvement of good intelligence gathering from a variety of information sources.
Sabre’s business investigations provide clients with a full corporate investigation into individuals, companies or global organisations throughout South East Asia and Africa. Our team of investigators are highly experienced in financial crime, compliance and corruption, and have worked on takeovers, mergers and acquisitions and complex cross-border litigation cases. Sabre is also able to investigate the social and commercial impacts of large scale development projects.
Where clients require the services of other professionals to realise their objectives Sabre has fostered a close working relationship with one of South East Asia’s leading corporate law firms which act for Fortune 500 companies, multilateral lending institutions and offer cross border capabilities. The firm have also served as local counsel for a range of international financial institutions and corporates, as well as international law firms, private equity firms and merchant banks. We believe that our relationship reflects our unique ability to help clients navigate the commercial landscape effectively.
An asset search investigation is the first phase of a much more complex and wider process. First, having identified assets, further actions, that usually involve the courts, are required to recover misappropriated assets or to secure assets to satisfy a judgement. The procedure for recovering assets merges intelligence and evidence gathering with litigation and enforcement activities.
Social Risk Management
Environmental and social issues have received great attention globally. Moreover, stakeholders, financial institutions and public awareness have become more concerned with social risks and people’s rights. Stakeholders have invariably used relevant country standard requirements of social assessment as one of the tools for issuing a license to operate or support project funding. However, this does not incorporate and can often be below the requirements of global standards. Sabre works to the highest level of global risk management requirements to ensue clients are protected against corrupt practices relating to environmental and social risk issues.
A social baseline needs to be assessed to identify the background of the project site. For example, demography, culture, ethnicity and religion, poverty and vulnerability, gender and equality and social conflict, economic environment, natural resources and access to health care, education, electricity and water. Based on the social baseline, mitigation and monitoring the impact, social consideration needs to be balanced with a project’s objectives.
Sabre’s framework for social assessment and protection is grounded in social risk management. This concept moves the traditional areas of social protection into a framework that includes three strategies to deal with risk: prevention, mitigation and managing/monitoring. This expanded view of social protection emphasises the role of the development of risk management tools that will protect basic livelihoods, as well as promoting commercial risk taking when needed. Sabre uses appropriate Social Risk Management tools to effectively and efficiently mitigate risk in its various identified forms in order to protect and create a sustainable relationship between the client and their communities.
Sabre’s approach to due diligence reporting is to include a Public Record Review. This means that in addition to government sanctions and watch list screenings, we are able to deliver a reputational assessment of a subject(s). For this part of the due diligence inquiries we use information available from reliable, relevant, open human source comment and public records. This provides insight into the company and/or the individual’s history, reputation, and personal and professional background. The review includes civil, criminal and bankruptcy records, identification of professional and political affiliations and relationships.
A typical due diligence process would include the following scope of work:
- Understand the background of each company’s formation, ownership structure and how each company has evolved over time. Include information on subsidiaries or affiliated individuals and entities, if applicable.
- Identify previously undisclosed business affiliations and political connections, related party transactions, and also provide analysis on the relevance of such businesses to our client.
- Understand the target companies’ business scope and understand current issues such as product quality and safety, labour unrest, environmental problems, relationships with employees, vendors and creditors, the extent of local government support and relations, and any other material litigation or involvement in commercial disputes.
- Understand whether the companies have been linked to any litigation or allegations of bribery, corruption or fraud.
- Look for indications of undisclosed financial problems, regulatory compliance issues, or other detrimental information that may affect the transaction or planned business relationship.
- The profiling of key principals, run name checks against litigation and regulatory databases (including anti-money laundering and sanctions), and also gather industry knowledge on their reputation and standing within their business communities.
- Understand the external business interests and past track records of the key principals to the extent relevant to the proposed transaction or relationship.