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Digging for Disclosure: Tactics for Protecting Your Firm’s Assets from Swindlers, Scammers, and Imposters by Joelle Scott, Kenneth S. Springer

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8. The Competitive Edge

Investigative research can be a powerful tool that serves a variety of needs. In addition to providing information before a deal is done or resolving an issue after a problem has surfaced, investigative research is also a form of competitive intelligence. While the objective is slightly different, the same resources and creative approaches are applied when seeking to learn more about a competitor or company in which you have an interest.

On many occasions, we have worked with activist hedge funds and investors who hear industry rumors about a company and need to know the legitimacy of the rumor. Activist hedge funds are known for buying a large stake in a publicly traded company, thus giving the activist fund a voice ...

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