Private Equity/Venture Capital Advisory

Background Investigation Services

Cendrowski Corporate Advisors investigative services have helped organizations uncover multimillion-dollar frauds, complicated money-laundering schemes and revealed otherwise unknown personal information that has changed investment, management, and hiring decisions.

Members of our investigative team hold an average of four nationally recognized financial and forensic certifications and bring an average of more than 20 years’ investigative experience. They have served as expert witnesses in numerous trials, and their analyses have been recognized by judges and juries for their comprehensiveness. Underscoring our expertise in this area, our firm published The Handbook of Fraud Deterrence, a renowned textbook distributed by John Wiley & Sons.

Cendrowski Corporate Advisors provides private equity and venture capital firms with background investigation services that deliver actionable intelligence to:

  • Hire key personnel
  • Establish key vendor relationships
  • Commit to affiliations and sponsorships that are critical to the business
  • Make financial commitments to drive commerce
  • Assess and finalize acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Assess current key officers, board members, and other professionals

Our comprehensive background investigations can include asset searches, physical surveillance, on-the-ground investigation activities, interviews, undercover activities, and digital forensics (computer evidence retrieval). Our advisors can also perform BSA Look Back Reviews as ordered by the FDIC in conjunction with enhanced due diligence investigations.

Our team has extensive experience with foreign operations with contacts and relationships in many countries beyond the U.S. In affiliation with GGI Global Alliance AG, Cendrowski Corporate Advisors has access to a global network of professionals who provide specialized knowledge in a broad range of fields. As with all of our services, our investigative activities are performed with the highest degree of confidentiality.

A single piece of intelligence can change the entire course of a background or resultant investigation. When undertaking background investigations, our advisors provide:

  • Holistic investigations: Detailed investigations can provide information on companies’ and individuals’ backgrounds, assets, and reputations.
  • Information from its original source: Our information is compiled from the point of origination.
  • Quick turnaround time: In some cases, we can provide same-day information to clients.
  • Experienced interviewers: Our interviewing services are performed by investigators who have interviewed thousands of individuals during their careers.
  • Customized reporting: We distribute information to clients in the format of their choice. We prepare formal background investigation reports when requested and disseminate information as it becomes available.
  • Confidentiality: Our services are private and confidential. We have never published a client list in our 35+ years in business.

We have a longstanding yet independent relationship with several international investigative, cyber security, and risk management firms. This allows us to coordinate our actions to achieve engagement efficiencies, while also allowing clients options to manage the aspects of the engagement.


Trusted Advisors in Fighting Fraud

We wrote the book on fraud deterrence, underscoring our firm’s expertise. The Handbook of Fraud Deterrence is the first book of its kind to explain fraud deterrence through the lens of improving internal controls within the structure of forensic accounting procedures.

“It provides business owners with resources and implementation strategies that can improve an organization’s ability to protect itself from fraud.”

-- Oakland County Legal News

Client Success: A Unique Business Succession Strategy

Our client required a tax strategy solution that provided for retention of control, access to capital, and long term liquidity, monetizing highly-appreciated real estate assets, all on a non-taxable basis. The Cendrowski Corporate Advisors team crafted a unique succession strategy, now known as the UPREIT. Along with legal and other financial professional service teams, CCA was integral in the development of the Umbrella Partnership Real Estate Investment Trust, or UPREIT.

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