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Country risk analysis

Obtaining a clear understanding of country risks, including local financial crime risks and geopolitical risks, is a critical foundation of an effective anti-financial crime or market entry strategy.  While various publicly-available indices map aspects of country risk factors, these are not always comprehensive, may deal only with certain specific factors, may be compiled for a different purpose than intended, or may be unduly superficial. Understanding country risk is a critical foundation of an effective anti-financial crime or market entry strategy.

Aperio’s country risk reports overcome these limitations by providing a comprehensive view on a full spectrum of financial crime risks – including money laundering, tax or sanctions evasion, fraud, bribery and corruption, market manipulation and insider dealing.  Information is assimilated from a wide range of primary and trustworthy secondary sources, supplemented by local expertise and insights to address potential gaps in public information. Reports are subject to review by leading specialists and academics. Risk factors are presented according to a detailed, proprietary methodology, which measures inherent risks, the existence of corresponding controls and their effectiveness. Application of this methodology facilitates a consistent and objective assessment of financial crime risks across multiple jurisdictions.

Aperio’s country risk reports are updated at regular intervals to take into account new developments that impact the overall assessment of country risks.

On request, we also conduct wider research of specific emerging and frontier markets and national economic sectors, to establish the key players and the rising figures, their influence, motivations, power bases, loyalties and political exposures.  This can help to assess a client’s potential or actual vulnerabilities in the event of a change in regime, major re-shuffle of government or administrative personnel, or a major external shock.

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