SERVICES - Corporate Investigation:

(805) 494-1744

Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures:

We provide corporate clients with the information that they need before entering new markets or embarking on new business relationships.

The firm is regularly retained to conduct international due diligence, business intelligence, executive background, financial, fraudulent and dishonest corporate behavior inquiries. We have successfully investigated numerous international matters where corrupt country national executives were guilty of demanding and receiving kickbacks and converting client funds into their personal accounts.

MAI provides consultation on confidential whistleblower telephone lines for client employees to report financial or ethical misconduct.

We are accustomed to working within the structure and guidelines required by corporate clients and their General Counsel. MAI always conducts security operations and investigations professionally, ethically and legally and we are consciously aware that all clients, corporate or private, are very concerned with their image and reputation domestically and overseas. MAI, therefore, performs all security and investigative tasks with sensitivity and discretion and in accordance with all municipal, county, state, federal and international laws.

Due diligence is research inquiry of a perspective merger, acquisition, joint venture or new client. An MAI due diligence investigation provides a psychological profile of the target. Verification of assets, reputation and reliability of the subject company and its personnel is also conducted. Often times a due diligence investigation can uncover previously undisclosed problems such as a business that is very profitable because it "launders drug money" which, of course, shows as extremely high margins in their trading activity.

Global Due Diligence Investigations:

MAI has significant experience in the performance of discreet inquiries that focus on sensitive business operations. As required, MAI will conduct due diligence investigations, to shield the interests of clients.

Due diligence means many things to different people and different professions. To a CPA, it generally means reviewing the accounts, balance sheets, income statements and consolidated returns, to make sure that the numbers make sense and don't conceal a diversion of funds. To a government contractor, it may mean making sure that a potential business partner is in compliance with all provisions of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or other government regulations. To an attorney, it may mean reviewing all relevant information to ensure that legal standards and requirements are met, and that contingent liabilities are understood in order to be contained.

But certain fundamental issues can sometimes be overlooked in a flurry of technical, legal and financial review. If the potential partner seems to meet these other corporate standards, the real question must be answered: Who is this person? Can he/she be relied upon as a partner and meet our requirements?

The most basic considerations are:

  1. Is the business associate or partner who they say they are?

  2. Can the potential business associates or partner do what they claim they can do?

  3. In a foreign country, do the principals have the political acess and influence they claim to possess?

These elementary considerations are often overlooked until days or even hours prior to the closing of a transaction. The reality is that multiple potential deals are simultaneously competing for scarce resources, with the scarcest resource of all being the attention of the deal-maker. But even with the pace of global business today, these basic and fundamental factors remain critical to the success of the deal.

Once a preliminary assessment is made that a transaction has merit and has a potentially acceptable return, it is time to go one step further and use the necessary resources to actively commit to the deal. Preliminary due diligence is not necessary in all deals. But all transactions that appear to have a promising potential should be fully reviewed as early as possible.

That translates into a close examination of the potential partner/associate/distributor/agent:

  1. Are they who they say they are?

  2. Can they do what they say they can do?

  3. Do the principals have the political access?

Good due diligence does not mean "good" answers to inquiries on whether the selected partner is the right partner for a specific transaction. Good due diligence means that the complexity and the advantages and disadvantages of the potential business associate are examined in greater detail and the potential partner is better understood. This can be an invaluable asset in the course of negotiations that are likely to require patience, understanding, compromise and maybe even manipulation using all available data and business intelligence.

The pain of premature commitment to an unsatisfactory business partner can be excruciating, not to mention time-consuming. The agony associated with pursuing a deal without true commitment can be demoralizing for all sides. Finally, there are real dollar costs and identifiable career missteps associated with closing on a deal that was never meant to be.

Pay now or pay later. Or pay in time spent in administrative haggling, wasted expense and wasted manpower. In which case, you can pay now, pay later, and pay more later still.

Domestic and Foreign Executive and
Personnel Background Investigations:

MAI conducts in depth executive-personnel background investigations geared to the verification of an applicant's job qualification, education, criminal and judicial records, financial and family status, in developing a character profile relevant to a business or employment determination.

An MAI Business Background Investigation consists of the following criteria:


  1. Corporate Filings
    Regulatory Agency Compliance
    Civil Litigation Records
    Professional Licenses
    Media Research
    Political (Optional-Priced Separately)


  1. Personal Background
    Criminal Convicgtions
    Civil Litigations
    Regulatory Agency Compliance
    Professional Licenses
    Media Research


Los Angeles Headquarters:

MAI/Magallanes Associates Int'l, Inc.

Los Angeles Corporate Office

2625 Townsgate Road

Suite 330

Westlake Village, CA 91361


  1. (805)494-1744



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