Control Risks

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Control Risks
Industry Consulting
Professional Services
Founded 1975
Headquarters London, United Kingdom[1]
Number of locations
36 offices across the globe
Products Professional Services

Control Risks is a global risk and strategic consulting firm specialising in political, security and integrity risk. Operating from 36 offices, the company’s primary services include anti-corruption audits, consultancy and training, eDiscovery, political risk analysis and a broad range of security and crisis management support.[2]


Control Risks was formed in 1975, as a professional adviser to the insurance industry. As a subsidiary of insurance broker, Hogg Robinson, Control Risks aimed to help minimise their exposure to kidnap and ransom payouts. The company expanded its capabilities when these crisis management and incident response specialists were joined by political and security risk analysts, before achieving independence in 1982 following a management buyout.[2]

Control Risks formed a joint venture with International SOS in 2008, and through this partnership provides travel security services and advice to clients’ business travelers and expatriate employees.[3] In 2010, Control Risks launched an eDiscovery offering to support organisations with complex, multi-national litigation issues.

The company has continued its expansion and today is a business of over 2,000 employees, operating from a network of 36 offices and with an on-the-ground presence in more than 100 countries and cities including; Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Baghdad, Beijing, Berlin, Bogotá, Copenhagen, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, Islamabad, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Kabul, Lagos, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and Washington DC.[4]


Control Risks’ consultancy support is broken down into four core risk areas: integrity, security, political and cyber.

Integrity risk[edit]

Services provided include design and delivery of corruption prevention programmes, undertaking transaction related due diligence and agent screening, managing whistleblower hotlines and conducting investigations into allegations of malfeasance.

Political risk[edit]

A team of political risk analysts provides assessment of how political risk issues impact business at the global, regional and country level through bespoke client report work and the subscription services Country Risk Forecast and PRIME.

Security risk[edit]

Services provided include threat assessment, embedded consultancy, security design, travel security and executive protection and emergency crisis management and incident response.

Cyber risk[edit]

Services provided include Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI), Cyber Protect and Cyber Respond. This new department aims to help organisations understand, and address, an emerging and significant risk, in cooperation with MWR InfoSecurity.

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