Due Diligence in Africa: The Human Intelligence Factor

The U.S. is a well-stocked cabinet of data like few other countries, challenged by none in its wealth of public-record information. In contrast, the public record in the majority of African countries is limited. In a guest article, William Shortt, a director at Stroz Friedberg, explains how, when it comes to pre-transaction, FCPA-focused due diligence on the African continent, companies must rely on human intelligence over public-record research and open-source intelligence to expose corruption risks. See “Regional Risk Spotlight: Ayoka Akinosi Discusses the Crackdown on Corruption in Nigeria” (Feb. 24, 2016).

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