Due Diligence Investigations Tailored To The Needs Of Each Client & Situation

Posted Monday, December 21st, 2015 by Angela Fabek

Bishops Services understands that every situation, every investigation, every client is different. We leverage a staff of seasoned investigative experts, an expansive network of contacts and the very best technology available to perform due diligence that is tailored to the needs of the particular client and situation. Here are some recent examples of our investigative findings.

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Executive Hiring: Don’t Get Tripped Up By The Cracks In The Pavement

Posted Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 by Angela Fabek

If you’re accustomed to running standard, top-line background checks on your executive-level candidates, current executives and potential business partners, you might be surprised to know that you’re barely skimming the surface of all there is to know when it comes to the senior executive vetting process. As a seasoned investigator in the field, I’d like to share some insight into what can be found in those possible “cracks in the pavement” — before you and your organization find yourselves face-planted on the ground with a bruised reputation and bank account!

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It’s A Bull Market For Background Checks

Posted Monday, April 6th, 2015 by Angela Fabek

While the financial services industry is often criticized or even sued for its compliance breaches, it deserves applause for its diligence when it comes to background screening. In September, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced a proposed rule that would streamline background checks for all member firms.

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Don’t Let the Suit or Stethoscope Fool You

Posted Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Angela Fabek

Looks can be deceiving and sometimes well-spoken, clean cut professionals aren't always who you think they are. Trust is often earned easily by professionals with seniority or an impressive title, so it's not uncommon for hiring managers to throw precaution to the wind and waive the background check. By allowing exceptions to be made to your background screening policy, you are leaving your organization open to significant financial and safety risks.

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Better Safe Than Sued

Posted Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Angela Fabek

The old adage "better safe than sorry" provides a good lesson when it comes to background screening. A negligent hire can be incredibly damaging to an organization's reputation. Businesses shouldn't wait for something bad to happen before adopting a background checking policy, but rather be proactive in their screening approach.

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The Real Cost Of A Bad Hire Will Shock You

Posted Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by Angela Fabek

Despite all your hiring committees, phone screenings, in-person interviews, tests and other vetting tricks, you can still hire the wrong person for the job. It happens all the time and to the best of companies.

Take Yahoo, for instance. It’s been on a hot streak as of late under new CEO Marissa Mayer, but it (and Mayer) made an embarrassing blunder in hiring Henrique De Castro as COO in 2013. Barely 15 months later, De Castro—who made a bit of a bad name for himself at Yahoo (and at Google previously) with his confrontational management style — was unceremoniously let go. The real shocker? De Castro walked away with a $58 million payoff, possibly the largest golden parachute in corporate history.

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Establish and Follow a Background Screening Policy

Posted Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 by Angela Fabek

In the event that a job applicant wants to legally challenge your background screening process or decision-making… are you properly prepared to defend your screening program? The answer to that question is likely the same as the answer to this question: Do you have a background screening policy?

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The Perils of Faked Resumes

Posted Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by Angela Fabek

The recent conviction of 39-year-old New York portfolio manager Mathew Martoma for insider trading has reminded hiring managers everywhere of the dangers of not being diligent in pre-employment screening. Martoma was a SAC Capital Advisors trader who was found guilty in February 2014 on multiple counts of securities fraud. But his recent conviction was preceded by a number of serious misrepresentations about his credentials.

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Due Diligence Background Investigations on Hedge Fund Managers

Posted Saturday, September 1st, 2012 by Angela Fabek

When considering a potential hedge fund investment in emerging markets such as Latin America, it is imperative to work with an experienced professional to navigate the often murky waters of due diligence. While this article focuses on hedge fund investing, much of the advice and guidance toward effective due diligence is applicable across multiple business transactions, including M&A and private equity investments, corporate partnerships and other investment vehicles.

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