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In this month's edition of VantagePoints we discuss how an effectively targeted investigation can reveal the unrecognized source of dispute in a family business.
Also presented is one particular instance in which our skilled analysis proved the purchase offer of a client company by a foreign group was literally too good to be true.
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Family Feud: Identifying the underlying issues in family business squabbles.

The investigators of ResultQuest® were recently retained by an employment law firm representing a large family-owned business with regional offices nationwide. One of the firm's longtime regional managers, who was married to a daughter of the founder, had embarked upon a poison pen campaign to undermine a number of the strategic decisions of top management. Furthermore, financial performance of the office being administered by the son-in-law had fallen off, and it was widely rumored that he was working to form his own competing entity.
Our probe found no evidence that the manager had any designs on forming a rival company. However, it did reveal that he and his meager staff were working vast amounts of overtime, and he was spending much of his time on menial tasks. Moreover, our confidential industry sources advised that the company had been surpassed in the region by aggressive competitors who had implemented more effective innovations and market targeting.
From a probe of open source information we discovered that the manager was unhappy in this particular line of work and had dreams of being a consultant to small and mid-size start-ups. He had further established himself on the side as a motivational speaker and business coach with a well-known agency.
The information supplied in the investigative report enabled the client to pinpoint the underlying issues that likely provoked the caustic communications, and identified areas where changes might elicit a more workable and successful office environment.
When you hire the professionals of ResultQuest®, it is our goal to find the root cause of the problems your business faces and thereby enable you to devise solutions. Call us at 713/781-9040 when a resolution mindset matters.  

Twice as Much: When the offer for your company seems too good to be true

The general counsel of a highly successful technology firm contacted ResultQuest® for assistance in building a background profile on a foreign group that had made overtures regarding the purchase of the company.
The founder of the firm had made no secret of his desire to sell his interest, and was introduced to one member of the group at an exclusive gathering of international dignitaries. This individual claimed the expertise to locate and qualify foreign buyers willing to pay "twice as much" for the company as American suitors had offered.
Working in conjunction with our international associates, we concluded that the main player in the foreign group was a high-level intelligence operative for a hostile government, and strongly warned the client of the potential vulnerabilities that might result from continued involvement. It was also revealed that the network of office branches the group claimed were merely fronts or postal drop addresses.
Since the early stage of the probe, it was our informed judgment that the approach was likely nothing more than a "fishing expedition" to glean useable intelligence from the client. Consequently, the client restricted the amount of information it provided to the group. Ultimately, our conclusion was solidified when the group failed to ever bring any viable investors to the table and the relationship was terminated by the client.
When you employ the ResultQuest® team for help with company acquisitions, we bring to bear a vast array of specialists spanning the globe. Call us at 713/781-9040 for help in fully defining prospective agents and buyers - domestic or international.