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Infospectrum Brochure - English


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Interpreting Information, Creating Insight - A brief guide to Infospectrum's services

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Infospectrum Brochure - English

  1. 1. Interpreting information, creating insight
  2. 2. 1 What we do Infospectrum provides expert counterparty risk analysis and business intelligence in the commodity and shipping sectors. Both industries suffer major challenges in establishing beneficial ownership, financial strength, and market performance. Our products, which range from concise due diligence reports to in-depth consultancy, are specifically designed to fulfil this need.
  3. 3. 2 Accessing our insight Commissioned Reports: Our comprehensive counterparty risk reports are designed to provide an up to date, time-sensitive and cost-efficient due diligence package. Each report, whether on a new company, or one we have monitored for two decades, is compiled with the same focus on quality, providing our clients with a real understanding of their counterparty’s corporate structures, operations, and financial performance. Databank: With our analyst team covering over 400 companies per month, Infospectrum has been able to build one of the world’s largest and most up-to-date databases of companies active in the shipping and commodity sectors. Our existing reports can be downloaded 24/7, 365 days a year, giving our clients immediate access to our research on circa 25,000 companies.
  4. 4. 3 Bespoke work and Consultancy: The Analyst team: Many clients have highly-specific requirements that demand the use of our experience. Our expertise can be accessed on a consultancy basis as a valuable source of strategically important knowledge, with our analyst team advising on micro and macro challenges, both geographically and in niche sectors. Available 24 hours a day, five days a week, our global team of 45 analysts provides an unrivalled means for our clients to quickly discuss areas of concern, specific counterparties, and the content of our reports. Most of our established clients regard our team as an extension of their own risk management department, and we encourage all of our clients to do the same. We are here to help.
  5. 5. 4 Our Reach Hamburg Oxford/London T: +49 40 82217 4112 Oxford (HQ) T: +44 1865 420400 London T: +44 207 283 9600 Americas T: +1 914 6104180
  6. 6. 5 Singapore Kiev Sydney T: +65 6435 0311 T: +380 995 501635 T: +61 2 4385 7674
  7. 7. 6 Our Focus The Maritime Sector The commercial shipping market is of significant scale and complexity, with every shipment usually involving a chain of ship owners, ship managers and operators, often registered as limited liability companies in low-disclosure jurisdictions.
  8. 8. 7 The Commodities sector Rapid diversification of the commodities industry since the 1970s has led to the emergence of low profile, privately-owned and asset-light intermediaries. This lack of transparency has led to greater risk and regulation for those operating in this sector.
  9. 9. 8 Maritime Sector How we help Trading climate As the industry’s largest and most experienced analyst team, we can provide the one-to-one support and in-depth information that enable our clients to prosper in the maritime market. Over 100,000 vessels are currently in operation around the world, almost all of which are held through offshore-registered special purpose vehicles. Coupled with increasingly complex corporate structures and financing methods, particularly in the emerging markets, business information is more important than ever in order to make well-informed, timely, trade decisions.
  10. 10. 9 Market challenges • A requirement to make rapid decisions on high value transactions • The acceptance and use of open credit terms • The emergence of sanctions and anti- bribery legislation • The underlying need to know your counterparty (UBO and current/future performance) 24/7 access to concise counterparty risk reports on circa 25,000 companies from our database Detailed due diligence for those with higher exposures or more extensive requirements Rapid turnaround on new reports compiled in a matter of hours
  11. 11. 10 Commodities Sector How we help Trading climate We give our clients direct access to support from a team with extensive experience in researching commodity trading participants, worldwide, underpinned by detailed local knowledge and an extensive database. The prevalence of complex, multi-layered corporate structures, often registered in low-disclosure jurisdictions, makes counterparty assessment challenging. Coupled with high levels of scrutiny from governmental and non-governmental organisations, this emphasises the need for professional business analysis.
  12. 12. 11 Market challenges • High levels of operational, reputational and market risk. • Requirement to support and cross-check documentation provided by trading partners to trade finance banks and sellers/buyers. We provide bespoke due diligence covering soft factors, including background, wider corporate structures, the experience of principals, and current market performance and reputation. We have established KYC/ AML checks and also provide counterparty information to assist with anti-bribery legislation.
  13. 13. 12 Our Services Be better informed From downloading an in-depth company report to commissioning bespoke research, there are a number of ways you can tap into the intelligence in our network. The result is always impartial, dependable business intelligence – knowledge that adds up to competitive advantage in markets where offshore registration and minimal disclosure are common.
  14. 14. 13 Counterparty Bespoke Research The company that understands its industry has an instant advantage over its competitors. We can give you the inside track, delivered how and when you need it. Databank We maintain the industry’s largest Online Databank, giving you immediate access to information and resources on more than 25,000 maritime, energy, and commodity companies. Consultancy We are internationally renowned for our consultancy service, delivering the in-depth insights, strategic knowledge, and industry experience crucial for effective risk management. KYC Seeking valuable counterparty information? Our analysts are known for their ability to source difficult to reach data and turn it into meaningful intelligence you can use. Legal We offer expert, impartial legal advice for companies embroiled in disputes, providing the support and guidance they need to reach the best possible resolution. Our comprehensive reports provide you with the complete and latest view of a particular counterparty, including an independent rating by our team of analysts.
  15. 15. 14 Counterparty Operational activity and market performance Financial position (even in the absence of accounts) References and payment performance Ownership and management structure Registered details Infospectrum rating Assessing a potential partner? Whether you are extending credit, chartering a ship in or out, or entering into secured trade finance transactions, the coordination of multiple parties is an integral element of successful commodity and shipping operations. In the absence of proper financial security, parties depend on cooperation, trust, and often open credit terms, in order to trade. Our regularly-updated reports give you the complete and latest view of a particular counterparty and include an independent rating by our analysts. Each report covers:
  16. 16. 15 Databank 24-hour access to our most recent reports, plus regular alerts of new research Pay per report or subscribe for unlimited access Easy to use – intuitive filtering by sector, region and report content Online briefcase to save and sort your reports 24/7 business intelligence You may need access to highly sensitive information in order to inform your current situation. A trade partnership might require insights into a company’s market position, its annual growth, or sales history, enabling you to assess the strength of the opportunity. To help our clients make informed business decisions, we maintain a comprehensive Online Databank containing detailed up-to-date information, and resources on thousands of companies. This databank gives you instant access to the latest analysis on circa 25,000 maritime, energy, and commodity companies – the largest resource of its kind.
  17. 17. 16 KYC Operations Management philosophy Market position and performance Corporate structure Considering a new business opportunity? Seeking information about a potential partner? Evaluating the integrity of a counterparty? Know your customer (KYC) is the process by which a business verifies the identity of its partners. Our analysts are known for their ability to source difficult to reach information and turn it into meaningful intelligence. We can challenge your brief and deliver the comprehensive level of detail you need. Infospectrum’s long experience in the commodity trading and shipping sectors, and its familiarity with the highly complex and often unconventional corporate structures used in these sectors, helps our clients meet their KYC and due diligence obligations, even for some of the most low-profile, offshore-registered companies. Registered details Infospectrum rating
  18. 18. 17 Bespoke Research Understanding your industry Market awareness is essential to successful trades. From securing new business and finding the right partners to anticipating market volatility, the more you understand about your business sector, the better placed you will be to prepare for, and react to, your commercial environment. With analysts on the ground internationally and contacts built up over many years, we can give you the inside track, delivered how and when you need it. We have known Infospectrum since they started. Their professionalism and expert knowledge enable us to benefit from good business opportunities. We look forward to continuing the valuable working relationship. LEAD OF RISK MANAGEMENT -GLOBAL TRADING DEPARTMENT - OIL MAJOR
  19. 19. 18 Consultancy Market entry Benchmarking analysis Identification of acquisition targets Strategic risk management assessment How can you benefit from business advice? A professional consultancy service should be able to advise you on all business levels. As industry experts, professional consultants represent a valuable source of strategic knowledge and investment experience. Third parties should be consulted as standard practice when venturing into new business sectors or establishing trade with unfamiliar counterparties. We are internationally renowned for our consultancy service, delivering the in-depth intelligence crucial for risk management and industry insights. We tailor every consultancy package to fit each client’s specific requirements, from regional analysis of their sector and competitor activity to site visits, one-on-one meetings, consumer research, and more.
  20. 20. 19 Legal Support and investigations The purpose of legal support is to provide companies embroiled in disputes with information and guidance. Whether considering the merits of pursuing or defending a legal case or preparing for dispute resolution, our clients come to us for analysis that is in- depth and independent. In particular, we excel at asset tracking and corporate veil investigations, enabling us to both identify assets and certify correct ownership. Our experience of forensic investigations and evidence preparation has been put to work for a wide variety of organisations including law firms, P&I clubs, ship owners and charterers, energy companies, and commodity traders. We greatly value Infospectrum’s investigative capabilities and skills in identifying and tracing assets across the globe. Their thorough knowledge of the marine and commodity sectors and ability to identify the important issues within complex situations are a particular strength. PARTNER - GLOBAL MARINE AND TRADE/FINANCE LAW FIRM
  21. 21. 20 Our Values Teamwork Independence Infospectrum has the largest team of analysts in the industry, spread across multiple offices worldwide. This ensures that, whatever the task, we can apply the necessary experience – from local language skills or understanding local business practices to specific insight on a certain sector. Infospectrum is a private company, owned by its staff and private investors – we provide impartial assessments at all times. We value this independence highly, and our financial strength gives our clients reassurance that we have no ties to external parties, whether corporate or financial.
  22. 22. 21 Integrity Trust Wehavebuiltlongstandingrelationshipswithdemandingandhigh-profile clients who trust us to handle sensitive market information and enhance their market position with timely and impartial industry knowledge. Our clients know that they can trust the insight we provide and industry participants recognise that we can be trusted to provide an accurate view of their organisation. Infospectrum’s respected name and position in the market facilitates our work and improves the end product.
  23. 23. If you’d like to know more about us and how we could help you, please start by contacting us at or calling your nearest Infospectrum office. Asiapac T: +65 6435 0311 Americas T: +1 914 6104180 EMEA T: +44 1865 420400 Get in touch Details for our other offices can be found within this brochure.