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IFPC International Group Incorporated was founded by expert professionals with extensive international experience specializing in complex security issues.
The staff of IFPC-IGI expertise presents itself through widespread backgrounds in such disciplines as: investigations, law, accounting, finance, forensic auditing, systems engineering and analysis, police affairs, law enforcement, among other related security, intelligence and risk management experiences.
Based in Washington D.C., IFPC-IGI, has a Global Presence, offering a wide range of services in order to meet all our clientsâï¿½ï¿½ needs wherever they conduct their business activities.
Through our structure of specialized services, we provide solutions covering the entire spectrum for both corporate and public security requirements.
Regional Office for Latin America
Business Intelligence and Investigations
Systems Design, Development and Auditing
Restructuring of Internal Controls
Personnel Training and Coaching
Risk Control, Forensic and Compliance Audits
Analysis and Planning for Physical Security, Protection of Key Personnel
Ethics Policy Implementation/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Analysis of Risks and Solutions for the Transportation sector (Air, Maritime and Land Transportation)
The sophistication and the speed of business nowadays impose tight deadlines on companies, to which adequate and timely information is crucial. Therefore, the reliable services offered by IFPC-IGI are increasingly in demand. We maintain strict policies for gathering and analyzing facts, our investigations produce findings recommending efficient and timely risk-prevention tools, or damage mitigation, depending on the situation.
IFPC-IGI proudly offers highly efficient services, sometimes involving sensitive matters, without ever losing its spotless professional reputation. Our clients are protected by the strictest rules of confidentiality, and this responsibility continues after the conclusion of any contractual relation.
The strategies, procedures and methods of investigation are adhered to in order to protect and prioritize the interests of those who place their trust in us. Our IFPC-IGIâï¿½ï¿½s Investigations Division are staffed by experienced and multilingual professionals who are all well prepared to conduct the following:
IFPC-IGI offers economic information and analysis to companies and investors interested in developing businesses in Latin America. Our reports help identify opportunities through our reliable and precise approach. We offer specific content subject to the fluctuating changes in demand and analyze macro-economic events having particular effect on daily and future business. Our analysis covers such areas as politics, economics, finance and law while we also generate reports focusing on particular industries and companies.
Our team boasts extensive experience in various sectors, such as oil and gas, finance, energy, renewable energies and telecommunications. IFPC-IGI has access to the leading experts in these industries, analysts and business executives, all of whom constantly aid us in understanding the future of their sectors.
Through business intelligence we provide an advantage to corporate industry. Examples of some of the products and services we offer are the following:
These reports provide relevant information on the main events concerning a specific sector, industry or company in a certain Country or Region. Sent on a daily basis, our reports convey relevant current information, thus allowing for the identification of the principal business and investment opportunities in the geography of interest.
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INDUSTRY/SECTOR ANALYSIS âï¿½ï¿½ COMPANY PROFILES
With access to a number of valuable databases and top-level sources, our team of analysts prepares reports focused on certain industries or companies. This tool allows our clients to make optimal investment decisions.
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IFPC-IGI has extensive experience in all stages of development for customized Information Systems (design, development, implementation, correction, training, coaching, managing and providing technological support) and in the execution of sophisticated âï¿½ï¿½turnkeyâï¿½ï¿½ systems.
Besides our standard products, such as the Investigations Management Assistant, our Information Technologies Division is able to determine the security needs of our clients, create complex customized systems and provide advice on new technologies all in order to aid in the growth of your business. One such example was the âï¿½ï¿½Integrated System for Criminal Statisticsâï¿½ï¿½ that IFPC-IGI designed and successfully implemented in the Republic of Panama. This system combines and analyzes criminal events throughout the entire judicial process: police, public prosecutor, the Courts and the penitentiary system.
Intelligence analysis, individual identity verification, monitoring of account performance, fraud and money laundering detection, and management of exceptional events are some of the software applications designed by IFPC-IGI, which have effectively improved the management of and prevented losses in a number of banks and financial institutions, multinational companies, government agencies, health providers and other entities potentially facing high risk situations.
Utilizing communications and processing technologies as investigative resources we are able to:
In addition, IFPC-IGI has developed specific procedures and uses state of the art technology for the detection, recovery and preservation of digital evidence.
IFPC-IGI helps optimize the performance of both public and private entities by maximizing their operational efficiency and by implementing effective controls.
Business and public organizations sometimes face changes in the structure of their processes. Often these changes are the result of internal needs, other times they are the consequence of adjustments in the size of the organization, mergers, acquisitions, takeovers, introduction of new products, etc.
An adequate planning and monitoring schedule of these processes is fundamental for the evaluation of risk and the prevention of fraud, as these transition periods increase vulnerability for organizations, both internally and externally. Our change management services assure the redesigning of these processes in accordance with company objectives, harmonizing them with corporate culture and their reality, reducing generated risk and promoting adherence to the new standards.
Our Expert Consultants Division has successfully conducted:
The constant training of personnel in private and public organizations, especially in areas concerning security matters, is a necessity given present times. Training is not a cost but rather an investment in human capital. Companies and governmental entities that have understood this have gained efficiency, public image and, fundamentally, they have accomplished something that is not always self-evident: âï¿½ï¿½They have prevented and detected losses or damage IN TIMEâï¿½ï¿½.
IFPC-IGI trains personnel in the following areas:
Our Training Division designs training programs, identifies and recruits top notch instructors in their areas, organizes program logistics and requirements, and manages and coordinates all related academic and operational aspects.
Forensic audits cover two broad areas: internal fraud investigations and litigation support, for private as well as for public entities. We are able to gather evidence of ongoing or potential fraud by applying specific techniques to determine indexes and trends, while conducting interviews and analyzing documents. Furthermore, by conducting research and analysis focused on the collection of evidence, drafting of reports in a language that is understandable by attorneys and court officials and the possibility to act as expert witnesses in courts of law, we provide invaluable assistance to legal professionals.
Compliance Audits have the purpose of evaluating the existence and the efficiency of controls implemented by an organization. It is critical for companies and organizations to meet legal and regulatory requirements.
If an employee or a third party connected to the organization commits a crime and it is found that the organization has not implemented an effective compliance program to avoid or minimize hypothetical unlawful events, serious economic sanctions may be imposed, besides the likelihood of civil or criminal liability for Directors and managers.
Our Compliance Audit practice assesses the organizational situation in light of domestic and international standards; then designs and/or assists the organization in the establishment of formal programs and monitors and evaluates the performance of such programs.
This service is provided by our Audits Division and includes support to enhance the efficiency of controls and training to our clients to meet Governmental requirements.
The physical security depends primarily on the evaluation of the risk that the business faces. Evaluating the risks concerning staff, facilities and equipment within the business environment is an important managerial task, as it requires decisions for adequate prevention policies and taking correct measures.
Four basic elements make up the General Risk Level of an organization, namely:
Through our Division, IFPC-IGI is able to evaluate the Risk Level of an institution or business organization and provide the required assistance and/or to implement the necessary countermeasures to reduce or eliminate vulnerabilities
Protecting executive personnel today has become essential. Kidnappings have become a prospering business, particularly in some countries in Latin America, as a result in the increase of opportunities, the weakness of the law and of agencies in charge of enforcing them, in addition to the growing gap between the poor and the rich.
In effect, extortive kidnappings are now an industry, and executives of multinational companies are preferred targets. The reason is simple: these companies usually offer the largest ransoms. However, not only are the kidnappings the reason for worry; street violence, robbery and physical aggression are all unfortunate ills affecting the region.
IFPC-IGIâï¿½ï¿½s global network, made up of professionals trained in physical protection, risk evaluation, investigations and /or negotiation in kidnap and ransom situations, offers top of the line services for the protection of executive personnel. Our staff has designed programs and guidelines to assist and provide continued services to companies and institutions in the configuration of their crisis programs
Corruption and bribery are evils that not only affect the public sector. Private organizations are frequently victims of disloyal employees with dishonest conduct. In many cases the organizations tend to focus their efforts on detecting and investigating illegal acts but fail to assign sufficient resources to prevent them. This, eventually, may be more costly and less effective.
Serious studies on so-called âï¿½ï¿½white-collar crimesâï¿½ï¿½ indicate that one crucial element present in most illegal conduct is the âï¿½ï¿½rationalizationâï¿½ï¿½ of the crime.
In other words wrongdoers justify their acts by assimilating them to their own âï¿½ï¿½ethic code.âï¿½ï¿½ Well-established ethics programs have been proven very effective to prevent employees and public servants fall to the temptation of dishonest actions. Therefore implementing such programs is deemed an essential preventive measure.
Our Expert Consultants Division, working jointly with our Training Division, has designed Ethics and Anti-corruption Programs for numerous governmental agencies and private organizations in various countries in the Americas.
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) forbids U.S. companies, their affiliates, directors, managers, employees and representatives, as well as any company making business, having representation or being registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to bribe foreign officials, either directly or indirectly, in order to obtain business advantage.
IFPC-IGI offers a wide range of services within the requirements of the FCPA: investigations for alleged bribery or fraud, due diligence transactions, consultancy on the implementation of compliance programs and evaluation thereof.
The Audit Division in concert with the Expert Consultants Division manages FCPA related services.
Continued concern by private companies for risk analysis and an urgency to identify security and safety issues has lead them to focus their efforts on developing programs to audit their operations. Asset protection on a global scale has taken on an importance in an environment of regional and worldwide threats which require advance planning and strategies.
Public/private partnerships have grown in importance in the planning of security measures to combat threats to commercial operations and employee safety. These strategies have become a mandate for any company, regardless of the nature of their business operations, in order to realize success. IFPC International Group, Inc., has the experience and expertise to assist private companies to navigate the network of public agencies with the resources to assist in developing their business operations to comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations of public enforcement and regulatory institutions.
Regardless of the nature of the business, understanding the risks inherent to operations and developing a formal Compliance Plan to meet the requirements of local government agencies with oversight authority, as well as measures to insure the safety and security of all company assets, including human, is a priority for both small and large corporate enterprises. IFPC International Group, Inc. has the experience and knowledge to counsel and assist clients to develop strategies to manage risk through their experience in diverse business sectors and global locations such as:
International Maritime shipping involving foreign flagged vessels entering U.S. ports and adherence to laws, rules and regulations affecting vessel operations, including relevant audits for program planning.
Development of compliance programs to meet the guidelines of the U.S. Commerce Department, U.S. State Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Maritime Commission, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, ET AL. Advisory services for companies considering international development projects in the energy and mining sectors, power generation facility construction and simultaneous compliance with relevant environmental regulations, local political considerations, and, local and national laws including labor related issues
Assistance with law enforcement and judicial issues to insure successful local relations with qualified contacts: IFPC International Group, Inc. has extensive experience in providing site security audits and program development in diverse areas of Latin America as well as development of compliance programs for international maritime shipping companies and export businesses to meet the legal and regulatory requirements of governmental agencies. Our past success in this critical area can be your success through a partnership with our consulting services
Stephen Paul Walker is the President, CEO and Founding Member of IFPC International Group, Incorporated. In January 1996, Mr. Walker retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after 27 years of service, and organized IFPC International Group, Inc. He built this company with the focus of providing consultancy services for corporate and governmental clients, on a global scale, in such matters as Security, Investigations, Litigation Support, Forensic and Internal Audits, Re-engineering of Control Systems, Training and Coaching of Personnel and Computerized Security System Design.
As an FBI Special Agent, Mr. Walker directed investigations regarding Organized Crime, Counterterrorism, Money Laundering, Drug Trafficking, Counterintelligence, Law Enforcement Training, et al. His duties also included coordinating various but related activities with other government agencies in the United States and abroad.
He assisted high-ranking officials of the U.S. State Department and diplomatic representatives concerning matters of legal and commercial/national interest.
While serving as a Special Agent for the FBI he served as a Legal AttachÃ© for the U.S. Department of Justice in Athens (Greece), Montevideo (Uruguay) and Mexico. He was then appointed Chief of the FBI International Administrative Unit in charge of the development and administrative management of all operational offices of the FBI worldwide.
Mr. Walker is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder; and continued his academic development at De Paul University in Chicago. He is a member of the following organizations: American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS); The Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI; The FBI National Academy Associates; The International Association of Chiefs of Police; The Society of Former Legal Attaches; and The U.S. Department of State Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC).
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IFPC-IGI continually recruits qualified personnel for short and long term assignments in different countries for the following services:
If you are interested in becoming a part of the IFPC-IGI team, browse through our site and write a short summary on why you think youâï¿½ï¿½d make a valuable addition to the company and send your CV as an attachment to the following email address: email@example.com All communications will be read, reviewed and answered.