Arcanum Global Case Studies



In an ever-changing and globally interdependent marketplace, it is imperative to be able to anticipate and respond to shifts in the political landscape, changes in the regulatory environment, local attitudes to governance and international competition, geopolitical intrigues and other challenges — particularly in burgeoning markets. At Arcanum, we offer the expertise to tackle these issues and more.

Arcanum’s professionals are comprised of highly talented and credentialed individuals from around the globe with decades of experience in defense, diplomacy, intelligence, law enforcement, regulatory and corporate governance, white-collar crime investigations, litigation and the media.


Two major US defense contractors, both Fortune 100 companies, were preparing to close on a multimillion-dollar joint venture with a company in the Middle East. Arcanum performed an enhanced due diligence investigation of the Middle Eastern entity. Using its well-placed human intelligence sources on-the-ground, Arcanum uncovered the complete ownership structure of the company, including all shareholders, the financial status of the company, and the connections between the company’s executives and key political figures. This information allowed the client to move forward with the joint venture while complying with all relevant US regulations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).


Arcanum provides customized and specific strategic and competitive intelligence, analysis and expert advice on a daily basis to major oil companies, global financial institutions, governments, defense contractors and Global 100 companies.


The trustee for the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC retained Arcanum to provide intelligence-led investigations, asset tracing services and strategic services for the recovery of Bernard Madoff’s assets.

In addition to tracking the assets of several of Madoff’s partners in multiple jurisdictions, Arcanum was tasked with the responsibility of conducting a Global Horizon Scan to track Madoff’s assets.


Arcanum works with a number of international law firms on cases involving major cross-border disputes. Although Arcanum operates behind the scenes, the results of our work are often seen in the public realm and published in major media outlets. We are involved in large-scale RICO cases, commercial litigation, asset tracing, communication strategy and messaging in North America, Europe and the FSU. Law firms frequently rely on our relationships with law enforcement agencies and government prosecutors to complement their clients’ cases.


Arcanum was retained to conduct a thorough political, economic and security risk assessment for a major oil company interested in entering a new market via an Asian energy producer as part of their strategic objectives. We tapped personnel and contacts in the region to assess the country’s political, economic and security stability.

Arcanum provided the client with a detailed analysis of what the client would face in this particular market, as well as specific recommendations about next steps.

The assessment enabled the client to make the decision to enter a new energy market.


Arcanum has been retained in numerous asset-recovery, litigation and fraud cases. In one instance, Arcanum’s work resulted in the de-layering of a complex web of financial structures involving more than 15 continental and offshore jurisdictions. Our work resulted in identifying and documenting fraud, money laundering and hidden assets worth over $3 billion.


Arcanum has been and is presently involved in several investigations with law enforcement and prosecutorial offices in the United States and abroad. These include the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), District Attorney of New York (DANY), Interpol, and New Scotland Yard.


Arcanum has been retained in a major political dispute between a sovereign government and its political foes. Arcanum’s investigations have resulted in the tracing of illegal assets worth billions of dollars by one of our clients’ opponents. Arcanum also carried out a public relations and messaging campaign which resulted in front page media placements in major publications around the world. These included the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, RIA-Novosti, Ynet (Israel), Associated Press, Agence France Presse, and Reuters.