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Firm Details

Key Pre-Transactional Advisory Contacts: Natalie Thomas Stafford (Global Practice Head), Toby Thomas (Global Practice Deputy Head)

Number of Employees: 250+

Number of Languages Spoken: 30+ including Afrikaans, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Czech, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian

International Offices: 6

Year founded: 2005

Firm Overview

S-RM is a global intelligence and cyber security consultancy comprising 250+ practitioners across six international offices, serving clients across all regions and major sectors. Headquartered in London with offices in Cape Town, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and Washington, D.C., S-RM supports clients by providing intelligence that informs critical decision-making and strategies.

The firm established a dedicated Deal Advisory practice in 2018 to provide specialist pre-transactional advisory support to clients. S-RM’s intelligence is deployed ahead of investments, M&A, new ventures, major financings, joint ventures and market entry. The team provides pre-transactional due diligence to some of the world’s largest private equity houses, corporate M&A teams and international financial institutions.

In parallel to its Deal Advisory practice, S-RM has a Disputes and Investigations team which deploys intelligence in litigation, international arbitration, internal investigations and fraud-related investigations. The team works on many different types of dispute, including contractual; shareholder; joint venture; trademark or IP; family and investor state disputes.

Main Areas of Practice

S-RM’s Deal Advisory practice provides specialist support to clients ahead of transactions, delivering intelligence that supports informed deal decisions and answering strategic questions arising from legal and financial due diligence. The practice specialises in assessing integrity issues; reputational concerns; corporate governance; track-records; corruption, bribery and other financial crime concerns; the leveraging of political relationships for commercial gain; cyber security; regulatory dynamics; and, ESG concerns. S-RM’s traditional investigators are also supported by the company’s cyber security experts, who conduct dark and deep web research and identify cyber risks to investment targets. The practice’s areas of particular expertise include:

  • Pre-transactional due diligence
  • ESG due diligence
  • Provenance investigations
  • Background checks
  • Dark and deep web research
  • Cyber due diligence
  • Market entry studies

Research and analysis are provided by six regional teams, which together provide expert coverage of a range of jurisdictions globally, from the most prominent to some of the smallest and most obscure. Collectively, S-RM’s analysts and managers speak over 30 languages and have been hired from a broad range of sectors including intelligence, government, finance, journalism, the military and academia. Each team is adept at locating hard-to-find open source information and has built an extensive network of human sources on the ground. On every project, S-RM brings together the most relevant and experienced practitioners from across the business, creating teams designed to address unique problems and complex challenges.

S-RM’s clients include law firms, private equity, hedge funds, institutional investors, multinational corporations, development finance institutions, impact investors, investment banks, sovereign wealth funds and investment managers. These clients trust S-RM at critical and sensitive stages of a transaction to work with speed, versatility, regional or sectoral experience and discretion. S-RM builds long-term partnerships with its clients to gain a deep understanding of their requirements and challenges. Fostering close relationships means that the company can respond quickly to changing requirements for its clients throughout the deal cycle and adapt its approach as its clients’ needs evolve.

The firm’s advice is direct, honest and objective. S-RM delivers tangible results and presents its findings in clear, straightforward language. The company’s approach is always transparent, and emphasis is placed on understanding clients and staying in close contact with them throughout the transaction, as well as being able to liaise with other advisors. A rigorous methodology, deep regional expertise and diverse career experience collectively mean that S-RM’s clients can always rely on the firm’s advice and act upon its intelligence.

Recent Experience

  • Advising an Africa-focused private equity firm on integrity and regulatory risks ahead of a potential fintech investment in West Africa.
  • Providing intelligence on the seed capital of a bank in Eastern Europe in advance of a potential investment by a DFI.
  • Working for a major European corporate to investigate the corporate governance of existing management at a group of target assets in Latin America.
  • Supporting a US telecoms investor with a potential investment in East Asia, investigating corruption allegations and inappropriate relationships between the counterparties and land authorities.
  • Advising a law firm and its ultimate private equity client on market entry into Central Asia and the extent of political interference at the target asset.



Praia de Botafogo, 228, 1105, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22.250-906

Tel: +55 21 3031 6030

Hong Kong

Unit 8102, YF Life Tower, 33 Lockhart Road, Wanchai

Tel: +852 6209 2185, +852 3008 2134

South Africa

21st Floor, Towers South, The Towers, 2 Heerengracht, Cnr Hertzog Boulevard, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001

Tel: +27 (0)21 300 9870

United Kingdom (HQ)

4th Floor, Beaufort House, 15 St Botolph Street, London, EC3A 7DT

Tel: +44 (0)20 3763 9595

United States

New York: 200 Liberty Street, New York, 10281

Tel: +1 212 653 1910

Washington: One Thomas Circle NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20005

Tel: +1 917 748 172