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Tom Burns

J.S. Held’s Inaugural Global Risk Report Examines Potential Business Risks & Opportunities in 2024

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Tom Burns joined J.S Held in August 2022 and is the head of the US Business Intelligence team. He has extensive experience leading intelligence collection assignments for financial institutions, law firms, and blue-chip multinationals around the world. Tom primarily supports his clients with discreet pre-transaction due diligence; asset tracing and fact-finding research related to global disputes and arbitration; investment and market entry strategy development; and competitive landscape analysis. He also consults for c-suite teams and other high net-worth individuals advising them on their exposure and threat profiles.

Prior to joining J.S Held, Tom led the US & Canada Intelligence practice at a prominent risk management consultancy in New York. He started his career in Singapore, where he was primarily focused on supporting his clients’ activities in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia. Tom also spent several months in Delhi as part of the opening of the consultancy’s first office in India and was instrumental in helping to develop the research capabilities across the South Asia region.

Tom has run workshops on multiple topics, including the mechanics of investigative due diligence and the application of HUMINT in the corporate environment. He has also written several thought pieces on the importance of threat assessments in the digital age.

Tom was a contributor to J.S. Held's 2024 Global Risk Report.

Key Expertise

  • Pre-transaction/M&A Due Diligence
  • Asset Tracing & Counterparty Research
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Market Entry Analysis
  • Short Seller Strategy Support
  • Threat Assessments