- Whether our clients are entering new geographic markets, facing new regulatory requirements, or are affected by the latest round of trade tariffs, they increasingly rely on KPMG's Corporate Intelligence services to navigate a complex landscape. As a result, Corporate Intelligence is an area in which, as much if not more than any other service offered by KPMG, we and our clients benefit from a stronger and more collaborative network among the member firms, says Christy Lorgen, KPMG's recently appointed Regional Head of Corporate Intelligence for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Cognizant of this, the first thing Christy did in her new role was to reach out to all of the 30+ EMA countries in the KPMG network to start mapping the resources and approaches of the different offices. She has also strengthened the communication platforms for KPMG's Corporate Intelligence professionals in the EMA offices so that the network can stay in touch about methodologies, thought leadership, sources, and training, as well as to encourage everyone to get in touch with colleagues in other jurisdictions when a client needs local insights.
Local insights are invaluable in integrity due diligence work, she says - for example, understanding if political connections are an asset or a liability, having knowledge of and access to local databases and registries, or understanding the local context for litigation or regulatory fines that may affect a third party.
- The goal, she says, is to have a strong local team, as well as vibrant connections with the other KPMG member firms worldwide. The Corporate Intelligence team working from Norway is diverse, including the most recent addition of a Japanese-speaking French woman who joined KPMG in Oslo from the Economist Intelligence Unit in London.
Christy adds: "Our work is truly international. A well-functioning network with personal relationships, tools, and methods means that together we can provide unique insights with speed and quality."