J.S. Held Expands Global Investigations Practice with the Acquisition of GPW Group

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GPW Group Joins J.S. Held
GPW Group Joins J.S. Held

The addition of the GPW team brings over 20 of the industry’s leading intelligence and disputes experts into J.S. Held's Global Investigations Practice and bolsters the firm's presence in Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East.


Jericho, N.Y. – May 24, 2022 – Global consulting firm J.S. Held announced today that it has acquired GPW Group, a leader in complex global disputes and investigations, asset tracing, sovereign debt advisory, business intelligence, and political risk. Headquartered in London, with offices in Dubai and Singapore, this acquisition furthers the strategic growth of J.S. Held’s Global Investigations Practice.

Established in 2004, GPW is led by intelligence and disputes professionals with extensive industry experience advising multinationals, financial institutions, law firms, investors, and sovereign and governmental organisations. Leveraging the strength of their experienced and diverse professional roster, including some of the foremost women experts in the investigations and risk sector on its executive and partner teams, GPW has addressed some of the world’s most complex and high-profile global mandates.

“GPW is a market leader in providing intelligence to drive sound business decisions and help resolve commercial disputes,” said Max Flynn, Co-Leader of J.S. Held’s Financial Investigations Division. “The addition of the GPW team brings over 20 of the industry’s leading intelligence and disputes experts into our Global Investigations Practice and bolsters our presence in Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East.”

GPW advises clients on a wide spectrum of issues – ranging from political risk and government relations, transaction and deal due diligence, litigation support, dispute resolution, and asset tracing. Its senior staff has acted as expert witnesses and provided affidavits in disputes worldwide.

The firm’s experts are regularly featured in the media including The Financial Times, BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and Reuters – from topics as diverse as Russia sanctions, asset tracing, and the United States’ elections.

“Since inception, GPW has delivered market-leading intelligence and investigations services to our clients. By joining forces with J.S. Held’s team of more than 1,500 professionals in over 100 locations worldwide, we gain access to new resources and experts that complement our team and core services,” said Peter Pender-Cudlip, Partner and Co-Founder of GPW. “The combination strengthens our ability to provide clients with the specialised expertise they require across the globe.”

By joining forces with J.S. Held, GPW will gain access to additional resources and experts to provide clients with an expanded suite of technical and scientific, financial, and strategic consulting services.

“We live in an uncertain world - geopolitical and economic headwinds mean our clients need actionable strategic and risk advice more than ever. J.S. Held is acquiring a market-leading risk company at a pivotal time in the global economy. The two firms will provide an unrivalled offering to clients seeking to drive opportunities and minimise risk,” said Philip Worman, Managing Partner of GPW.

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GPW was advised by Polestar Corporate Finance and Charles Russell Speechlys. J.S. Held was advised by Morgan Lewis, PwC, and Goodwins.

About J.S. Held

J.S. Held is a global consulting firm that combines technical, scientific, financial, and strategic expertise to advise clients seeking to realize value and mitigate risk. Our professionals serve as trusted advisors to organizations facing high stakes matters demanding urgent attention, staunch integrity, proven experience, clear-cut analysis, and an understanding of both tangible and intangible assets.

The firm provides a comprehensive suite of services, products, and data that enable clients to navigate complex, contentious, and often catastrophic situations.

J.S. Held, its affiliates and subsidiaries are not certified public accounting firm(s) and do not provide audit, attest, or any other public accounting services. J.S. Held is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. Securities offered through PM Securities, LLC, d/b/a Phoenix IB, a part of J.S. Held, member FINRA/ SIPC or Ocean Tomo Investment Group, LLC, a part of J.S. Held, member FINRA/ SIPC. All rights reserved.
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