ABOUT US

Dedicated to uncovering critical risks for our clients worldwide

We are an international investigative research and risk advisory firm

Firm Overview

Who We Are

Blackpeak is an international investigative research and risk advisory firm. We specialize in investigative due diligence, business intelligence research, political risk analysis, and investigations and security.

Blackpeak’s founders and managers are professionals from the risk advisory, corporate finance, and investment sectors. We select our analysts from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds for their persistent curiosity, attention to detail, and analytical ability.

Founded in Asia, the firm now operates from strategic locations in key financial and political centers, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, New York, Washington DC and London.

In 2019, Blackpeak was acquired by Acuris, a provider of global data, intelligence, research and analysis.

What We Do

We make our clients more successful by finding and analyzing information that protects them and informs them, whether as part of a transaction or during everyday operations.

We provide whatever risk mitigation services our clients need, from fast and efficient background checks on individuals, to comprehensive risk analyses of businesses, sectors and countries, to meticulous investigations into highly complex frauds. Our carefully edited reports are used by deal teams, compliance heads, security officers, legal counsel, executive management and company boards.

Blackpeak has built its business and reputation by an uncompromising focus on quality, maintaining the highest standards of integrity in how we conduct our work, and treating our clients and staff with the utmost respect.

Key Strengths

Client Commitment

We build and maintain long-term relationships with all our clients, no matter the size of the project. We emphasize transparency, quality and trust with our clients. As a result, our main source of new business is client referrals. We work as one firm and reward collaboration so that your case is assigned to the most experienced team to execute.

Expertise and Diversity

Blackpeak’s founders and managers are professionals from the risk advisory, corporate finance, and investment sectors, where they are sought by clients and media outlets for their expertise. We select our analysts from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds for their curiosity, persistence and analytical ability. We hire local and cultivate broad networks in all the major financial and political centers.

Proven Track Record

Companies around the world entrust us with their most sensitive and difficult projects. Our clients include hedge funds, private equity firms, law firms, multinational corporations, and international organizations.

At Ease With Complexity

Our clients come to us for analysis and advice rather than simple data gathering. We are relied upon to handle projects that involve complex financial transactions and obscure corporate structures that can range across multiple jurisdictions in multiple languages. Blackpeak’s partners and managers are recognized experts on risk and fraud issues who speak and publish regularly. Our local teams deliver not just information but an understanding of the bigger picture.

Quality Above All

We have built our entire business and company culture around quality. We do more work in-house than any of our competitors because we trust research that we do ourselves. We retain beyond the typical consulting cycle because we know that experience counts. All Blackpeak reports are rigorously reviewed by our in-house editorial team and senior management.

A Culture of Compliance

A risk advisory firm should not be a source of risk. All Blackpeak employees are bound by our Ethics and Compliance policy. We train our staff extensively on anti-bribery and corruption, insider trading, and related industry compliance issues. We understand the local laws and regulations that apply to our work. This includes regulation pertaining to privacy and rules of evidence. Our internal systems and policies are designed to secure your data and have passed audits by the world’s largest financial firms.

Meet Our Team


Managing Partners

Jack Clode

Managing Partner
+852 3758 2141
Jack.Clode@acuris.com

A Co-Founder of Blackpeak, Jack has worked in leadership roles in the risk advisory sector for over 20 years. Jack oversees major risk projects throughout Asia, and his expertise includes complex due diligence, fraud investigations and intellectual property protection. His work covers many sectors, including energy, infrastructure, logistics and telecommunications. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, Asian conglomerates, global financial institutions and sovereign wealth funds.

Jack started his career in 1995, moving to Hong Kong and pioneering complex risk research. By 2001 he was head of Asia’s largest risk and investigations firm. His career eventually led him to establish Blackpeak, together with some of Asia’s leading risk experts and investment advisors.

He now co-leads Blackpeak’s global growth strategy, even while being actively involved with client and project work on a daily basis.

Jack is frequently interviewed by international media on risk issues in Asia, including by the New York Times, Reuters, 60 Minutes and Forbes.

Christopher Leahy

Managing Partner
+65 6521 7051
Christopher.Leahy@acuris.com

A Co-Founder of Blackpeak, Chris has more than 25 years of leadership experience in risk advisory, banking, and finance in the Asia–Pacific region. Based in Singapore, Chris has led risk projects across the region. He has extensive industry knowledge and contacts within the financial and corporate communities in Asia, gained from his various leadership roles in the finance industry.

As the head of Blackpeak’s Southeast Asia business, Chris manages complex due diligence, investigations, business intelligence and dispute cases in the region. In addition to client and project work, Chris oversees Blackpeak’s growth and strategic initiatives together with the other partners.

Prior to founding Blackpeak, Chris was the Asia–Pacific head of Kroll, the global risk advisory business, and built the firm’s Southeast Asia practice. He was also the former head of investment banking in Asia for Crosby and, prior to that, was an executive director of BNP Peregrine Capital. Chris is an authority on corporate governance in Asia and has been a member of the secretariat of the Asian Corporate Governance Association since 2004.

International media (including the BBC, Reuters, the Strait Times and the Asian Venture Capital Journal) frequently invite Chris to comment on market and regional issues in Asia. Chris is a highly sought-after as a speaker at conferences and trainings, and as a contributor to industry-related articles and publications.


Management Team

Alexander Nasr

Director
Alexander.Nasr@acuris.com

A Director at Blackpeak’s Hong Kong office, Alex has over nine years of Asia-Pacific research, analysis and project management experience. Alex’s work in recent years has focused on complex corporate fraud, corruption and litigation support investigations. Alex is also experienced in a range of other matters, including digital forensics/e-discovery, complex pre-transaction due diligence, targeted political risk investigations and business intelligence research. He holds the GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE) qualification in digital forensics and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Prior to joining Blackpeak, Alex was an associate managing director at the Hong Kong office of a US-based investigations firm. He previously worked in project management and senior analyst roles for an international investigations firm, and as a crisis management analyst for an international investment bank.

Alex is fluent in Mandarin and English. He holds an LLM degree from Tsinghua University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo. Originally from Canada, Alex has lived and worked in greater China in various capacities since 2005.

Antoine Cadot-Wood

Associate Director & Head of New York Office
Antoine.Cadot-Wood@acuris.com

Antoine is an Associate Director and Head of Blackpeak’s New York office, where he leads the development of the company’s research capabilities in the Americas and Europe. He also undertakes due diligence, litigation support and business intelligence research for banking, legal, hedge fund and corporate clients.

Antoine previously spent three years in Blackpeak’s Shanghai office, where he executed due diligence, corporate investigation and business intelligence projects throughout the Asia–Pacific region, Europe and the Americas. He also leads Blackpeak’s editorial team, which ensures the quality and consistency of the firm’s reports.

Antoine holds a joint MA in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Nanjing University, and a BA in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner. Antoine is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese and French.

Charles Chia

Associate Director
Charles.Chia@acuris.com

Charles is an Associate Director at Blackpeak’s Singapore office, where he leads and executes complex due diligence assignments and investigations across South and Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Europe. Charles has experience conducting asset searches, corporate investigations, and due diligence. He has completed more than 200 projects at Blackpeak.

Prior to joining Blackpeak, Charles was a consultant at a risk management company. He served his National Service as an assistant investigation officer in the Special Investigation Branch of the Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command.

Charles graduated from Monash University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a dual major in politics. He holds a private investigator license in Singapore. He is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Chris Allen

Director EMEA
Chris.Allen@acuris.com

Chris leads Blackpeak’s research and diligence business in EMEA, and is Global Head of Blackpeak Screening.

Before joining Blackpeak, Chris spent eight years at Goldman Sachs in London, where he was an Executive Director in the bank’s business intelligence group. There, he led the due diligence on high-profile capital markets and private equity transactions, advising global committees on legal, regulatory, and reputational risk. He has extensive experience in navigating issues around bribery and corruption, economic sanctions, and complex reputational considerations.

Earlier in his career, Chris was a case manager for a global risk consultancy, where he worked in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and London on due diligence matters and investigations into fraud and corruption. Before that, he was a researcher for television documentaries.

Chris has a first class degree in Chinese from the University of Leeds, and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Daniel Chinoy

Director
Daniel.Chinoy@acuris.com

Daniel oversees the execution of complex research projects for investor clients from Blackpeak’s Hong Kong office. Before joining Blackpeak, he spent nearly five years at a large hedge fund, where he was responsible for managing business intelligence, political analysis, and due diligence work. This included in-depth and targeted company, sector, and country research that helped drive valuations and decision-making in high-profile activist and special situations investments across Asia.

Before that, Daniel was based in Beijing, where he led the day-to-day delivery of Northeast Asia-focused political and policy analysis and consulting work for a global risk consultancy. Daniel has a BA in History from Columbia University. He grew up in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Taiwan and speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese.

David Suzuki

Head of Global Japan & Korea Practice
David.Suzuki@acuris.com

David is Head of Blackpeak’s Global Japan and Korea Practice and leads the firm’s Tokyo office. David advises Japanese and Korean multinational corporations on operational risk issues abroad, often at the executive and board levels.

David has cultivated a pioneering human source network of former senior officers of the ground and naval special and regular forces of the US, the UK, Japan, China, Pakistan, India and Nigeria. He is regularly called upon by multinational corporations for insights into current geopolitical issues and critical security risks.

Over a career spanning 20 years, David also served as a Hong Kong Government criminal prosecution witness (copyright piracy), and founded and ran his own risk consulting firm specializing in the Asia–Pacific region. David’s work has been widely featured in the Japanese and international press, including the Financial Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, Nikkei Asian Review and NHK.

David is a Canadian of Japanese descent. He holds a BA in History from the University of British Columbia, and is fully bilingual in Japanese and English.

Li Chen

Associate Director
Li.Chen@acuris.com

Li is an Associate Director at Blackpeak’s Beijing office, where she works with the Greater China team on commercial and reputational due diligence and business intelligence projects 

Prior to joining Blackpeak, Li worked as a research assistant at the University of Chicago, conducting research on China’s domestic policy and its political economic dynamics. Before that, Li was a graduate research and data associate at the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism, and interned at the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Oxfam Hong Kong.  

Li holds an MA in International Relations with a concentration in International Security from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Laws degree in International Politics from Renmin University of China. She is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese. 

Lionel Yan

Associate Director
Lionel.Yan@acuris.com

Lionel is an Associate Director at Blackpeak. Based in Shanghai, he conducts intellectual property infringement, unfair competition, internal fraud, and due diligence investigations for corporate clients. 

Lionel has been an investigator for almost 10 years and has worked on over 400 cases. His areas of expertise include developing sources, fraud interviews, site visits, external surveillance, evidence collection, notarization, and coordinating with law enforcement.  

Prior to Blackpeak, Lionel was a senior investigator at the Japan External Trade Organization’s intellectual property agency. Lionel graduated from Shanghai University with a degree in Law and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Shanghainese. 

Mabel Sim

Associate Director
Mabel.Sim@acuris.com

Mabel is an Associate Director at Blackpeak’s Singapore office, where she leads and executes complex due diligence assignments and investigations across South and Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Europe. Mabel has extensive experience managing due diligence assignments as well as complex research projects for corporate clients, financial institutions, and law firms.

Prior to joining Blackpeak, Mabel was a consultant at an international risk consulting firm, where she conducted business intelligence and investigative due diligence projects in Southeast Asia. She was also a consultant at a boutique risk advisory firm where she conducted due diligence assignments in Asia Pacific. Mabel previously served in a Singapore government trade agency.

Mabel graduated from Singapore Management University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science with majors in political science and business law. She is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Natalie Kwan

Director of Research
+852 3758 2143
Natalie.Kwan@acuris.com

Natalie is Director of Research at Blackpeak, leading the development of the firm’s research methods and the training of Blackpeak investigators. Based in Hong Kong, Natalie also leads due diligence, asset search and ownership analysis projects all over the world, including in many unusual and difficult-to-research jurisdictions.

Natalie previously worked as an analyst at another global risk advisory firm, conducting business intelligence and due diligence research as well as corporate investigations in Southeast Asia.

Natalie is a Certified Fraud Examiner and has conducted several trainings on due diligence techniques, including for the Hong Kong Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She holds a BA and MSt in Modern History from the University of Oxford and speaks fluently Cantonese, English and French.

Qi Zha

Associate Director
Qi.Zha@acuris.com

Qi is an Associate Director at Blackpeak’s Shanghai office, where she works with the Greater China team on investigative due diligence, fraud investigation, litigation support, and business intelligence cases. Qi has experience conducting due diligence and complex litigation support projects for law firms and corporate clients.  

Prior to joining Blackpeak, Qi interned as a researcher at the University of Michigan Finance Office and the Douglas Center (a Chicago-based nonprofit organization).

Qi is a Certified Fraud Examiner. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy with a concentration in International Finance and Trade from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s Degree in Land Management and Real Estate Economics from Renmin University of China. She is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Reimi Imaizumi

Client Relationship Manager
Reimi.Imaizumi@acuris.com

Reimi is a Client Relationship Manager at Blackpeak, and works with Blackpeak’s founders and executive committee on business development and client relationship matters. Currently based in Hong Kong, Reimi has extensive experience in new business development and building up relationships with clients. She has worked with banks, law firms, PE firms, and C-level executives within the M&A industry.

Reimi joined Acuris’ Hong Kong office in 2009, where she worked as the Relationship Manager for the Hong Kong and Japan markets, and the Business Development Manager for APAC sales, managing and expanding business in the Japan market and launching new local products. She subsequently relocated to Acuris’ New York office to help establish the company in Chicago and expand its business in the Midwest.

Prior to Acuris, Reimi worked at CLSA’s Tokyo office in the Corporate Marketing department, where she helped to organize investor forums and handle investor relationships.

Reimi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Keio University’s Shonan Fujisawa Campus. She was also an exchange student at the University of Westminster in London. She has a certificate in Art Business and Fine Arts from Christie’s New York.

Rikwan Putra

Associate Director
Rikwan.Putra@acuris.com

An Associate Director based in Singapore, Rikwan leads and executes complex due diligence and asset search assignments across South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, with a particular expertise in Indonesian cases. Rikwan has completed more than 150 risk advisory projects at Blackpeak. He has conducted investigative due diligence on private and public companies as well as family-owned conglomerates across various industries, including oil and gas, mining, plantation, power generation, property, chemicals, shipping and financial services. He has also actively participated in the development of research resources in difficult-to-research jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Blackpeak, Rikwan worked at a political risk advisory firm, where he assessed reputational, regulatory and political risks of companies in Southeast Asia. He also worked at a prominent bank in Singapore, during which he was involved in an ad-hoc research projects on infrastructure companies in Indonesia. He also carried out market entry research on the education sector in Indonesia for a boutique management consulting firm in Singapore.

Rikwan graduated from the National University of Singapore with a double major in applied mathematics and economics. He is fluent in English and Indonesian.

Sean Chen

Director of Strategy
Sean.Chen@acuris.com

Sean is Director of Strategy at Blackpeak and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Currently based in Hong Kong, Sean works with Blackpeak’s co-founders on the development and execution of key strategic and operational initiatives at the firm.

Sean also has extensive experience managing complex business intelligence research and investigative due diligence projects for hedge funds, institutional investors, investment banks, law firms and corporate clients. He has particular expertise with bespoke research on publicly listed equities, including collecting and analyzing information to address questions on strategy and performance, management decision making, fraud and corruption, political and regulatory risks.

Prior to joining Blackpeak, Sean was a consultant at Control Risks, a researcher at the Brookings Institution, and worked at the law firm Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC. Sean is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Virginia. He is Taiwanese-American and is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Susan Wu

Director & Head of Shanghai Office
Susan.Wu@acuris.com

Susan is a Director at Blackpeak and the Head of the firm’s Shanghai office, where she manages complex due diligence cases as well as the Shanghai office’s day-to-day operations. Susan also leads Blackpeak’s work for Chinese clients on both domestic and overseas projects. She has completed over 400 risk advisory assignments, including pre- and post-investment due diligence projects, business intelligence research, and fraud and intellectual property investigations.

Prior to joining Blackpeak, Susan worked for another global risk advisory firm, where she completed a number of due diligence projects for M&A clients, complex fraud investigations for multinational firms, and litigation support projects for international law firms. She also conducted in-depth pre-employment background checks for domestic and overseas companies.

Susan holds a BA in English Literature from Shanghai International Studies University, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, English, and Shanghainese.

Thomas Pellman

Director & Head of Americas
Tom.Pellman@acuris.com

Thomas is Director and Head of Blackpeak’s Americas business. He previously worked for the firm in Beijing and California, managing diligence and corporate investigation projects, and developing new business with US-based clients. He lived in China for over a decade and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Prior to joining Blackpeak, Thomas worked at Vestas A/S, the world’s largest wind power company for four years, leading intelligence analysis across Asia Pacific (17 countries), tracking markets, competitors, customers and policy developments. He also has experience working as a business journalist and editor in China, covering renewable energy and other industries, for China Economic Review and other leading publications.

Thomas holds BAs in Philosophy and Anthropology from Indiana University, where he graduated with highest distinction and Phi Beta Kappa. He passed the Level 1 Chartered Financial Analyst exam in 2013.

Vanessa Capdevielle

Director & Head of Singapore Office
Vanessa.Capdevielle@acuris.com

A Director in Blackpeak’s Singapore office, Vanessa manages the Singapore team and works with the founding partners to further expand the business across Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Australia. Vanessa has extensive experience in the risk advisory sector, especially in Southeast Asia, where she has lived for some 14 years.

She has led a broad range of matters in various sectors, including large-scale, cross-border disputes and investigations, problem-solving and investment support, business intelligence, and integrity due diligence. Prior to joining Blackpeak, she worked at an international risk consulting firm in Jakarta and Singapore, and more recently at a global business advisory firm, where she was a Director in Singapore managing Southeast Asian due diligence and investigative projects. Before this, Vanessa worked in Jakarta for a French strategy and risk management consulting firm.

Vanessa holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and another one in Strategic Studies. A Certified Fraud Examiner, she was until recently a board member of the Singapore Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Vanessa is fluent in English, Indonesian, and French.

Yanhong Xu

Director & Head of Beijing Office
Yanhong.Xu@acuris.com

A Director and Head of Blackpeak’s Beijing office, Yanhong conducts business intelligence and investigative due diligence research for hedge funds, private equity investors, and corporate clients. Yanhong has completed a large number of projects in Greater China and Japan, in sectors ranging from apparels to Chinese medicine. 

Prior to Blackpeak, Yanhong worked as a research fellow at the Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies, a leading US-based think tank, with research focus on Chinese overseas investment research and Asia–Pacific foreign policy analysis. Yanhong holds an MA in Asian Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. A Chinese national who grew up in Japan, she is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, English and Japanese.  

Yulingbo Mao

Director
Yulingbo.Mao@acuris.com

Mao is a Director in Blackpeak’s Hong Kong office. She has extensive experience in the fields of business intelligence, due diligence and investigations. Mao has worked – first as a researcher and investigator, and later as a senior case manager – on assignments of varying scale across Asia Pacific, with a focus on greater China. She has assisted numerous financial services, legal, regulatory and corporate clients in making informed decisions related to potential and existing investments, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and de-listings, senior management and board appointments, market entry, internal investigations, and disputes and litigation.

Mao is particularly skilled in assessing the reputation of conspicuous and controversial enterprises and individuals, managing multi-jurisdictional assignments by utilizing a variety of on-the-ground resources, and gathering actionable intelligence on companies or individuals with limited public presence.

Prior to joining Blackpeak, Mao worked at a number of leading international corporate intelligence and risk consultancies, as well as in the Business and Client Intelligence Unit of Deutsche Bank, where she advised different business lines within the bank on risks associated with key clients and transactions.

Mao is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker who is also fluent in English and Cantonese. She holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion & Textiles from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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