TORONTO, April 29, 2019 /CNW/ - Is there too much fraud and skullduggery in Canada's business community?
Has Canada'sweak regulatory regime for the capital markets, weak law enforcement, decline of analysis that is conflict-of-interest free, and the shrinking of the business media (which has led to layoffs of journalists) meant less reliable information available for business people?
A new Canadian business intelligence firm, i20 Research Inc., hopes to help the business community deal with this reality.
"I believe that business people in Canada need in-depth information in order to make informed decisions," says Bruce Livesey, an award-winning investigative reporter and founder of i20 Research. "A firm like ours can produce valuable information they cannot find elsewhere."
i20 Research is based in Toronto. Its clientele includes corporations, financial institutions, investment and law firms.
Livesey explains that the purpose of i20 Research is to help clients identify and manage risk. The firm also assists the business community with avoiding fraud. In the event that fraud has occurred, i20 aids companies in getting justice from the courts and regulators.
"I feel business people need an honest and objective source of research that reveals warts and all, and that's what we provide," said Livesey.
Livesey has established an experienced team of forensic accountants, asset appraisers, investigative journalists and lawyers to support clients. The firm is receiving a flurry of inquiries about its services and expanding into new markets.
i20 provides targeted insights and investigative expertise in the following areas:
Investment and transaction intelligence
Litigation strategy, especially with class action lawsuits
Background investigations on management teams and asset managers
Investigating companies for their soundness, quality of leadership, and track record in respect to business practices, ethical behaviour, and regulatory compliance
Review of a company and its assets to help determine, for example, if it should be acquired, invested in, or sold
Livesey's background is as an investigative reporter, focusing on corporate crime. In 2012, his book on this topic, Thieves of Bay Street was published by Random House and became a national bestseller.
Livesey worked at the CBC's The Fifth Estate, at Global TV's 16x9 and on co-productions with The New York Times, NPR and PBS Frontline in addition to being a long-time contributor to the Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine.