BackTrack® Reports

First Advantage's BackTrack® Report has been an industry leader in the field of investigative due diligence. We've helped thousands of companies and investors around the world conduct thorough background investigations on high-level individuals as well as their companies or funds.

Types of Investigations

  • Pre-Investment Due Diligence on Fund Managers (Hedge Fund, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Real Estate, etc.) 
  • Pre-Employment Background Checks for C-Level Executives and Board Members
  • Research into Existing Employees Who Could be Considered Insider Threats (access to R&D, Intellectual Capital or Company Product Info)
  • Research into parties of M&A/Leveraged Buyouts 

Our proprietary research process, conducted by an experienced team of seasoned researchers, includes: 

  • Extensive Multi-Jurisdictional Litigation Searches and Manual Retrievals
  • Credentials Verification
  • Corporate & Regulatory Record Reviews
  • Comprehensive News & Media Searches
  • Global Watch Lists
  • Motor Vehicle Records
  • Credit Checks
  • Interviews 
  • Easy-to-Read Written Report

With our investigative expertise, our 23 years of experience, and our attention to detail, we’ve earned the trust of a discerning clientele comprised of:

  • Fortune 500 Companies
  • Investment Banks
  • Funds of Funds
  • Private Equity Firms
  • Venture Capital Firms
  • Investment Consultants
  • Pension Funds
  • Wealth Managers
  • Endowments
  • Foundations
  • Hedge Funds
  • Law Firms

All rely on The BackTrack Report to evaluate risk before entering into key financial transactions, lending relationships or before making senior hires.

Commonly Asked Questions

What would happen if…

  • There was a sexual harassment suit or other complaint in your executive’s background?
  • A senior manager in your company was convicted of fraud?
  • A mid-level employee walked out the door and took your company’s confidential information, business leads, clients and other core business assets?

While there are many scenarios that make your business susceptible to risk, there are steps you can take to try to avoid that risk.

Where should you start?

You need to find a reputable solution which you can trust to conduct these searches the right way and provides you with a comprehensive background screen suitable for the level of employee you’re interested in vetting.  Our team specializes in high-level due diligence background investigations, having investigated thousands of individuals, and our white glove service includes access to an expert staff available to answer your questions.

What’s the next step?

Always assess which employees in your business are either most at risk or hold the most sensitive positions, and re-screen them periodically. It’s easy to assume the continued trustworthiness of your internal teams, but it’s better to verify that nothing new has cropped up in their records that may affect your business.

What have we found?

We audited some of our searches and the statistics about what we have found are incredibly telling.

This is an analysis of our report findings from investigations done on current and prospective employees for our clients. It demonstrates the value of investigations in minimizing insider threats.

Insider Threat Statistics

News: In over 85% of Executive Advantage reports, our news and media research revealed significant information about the individual in questionIn some cases, we found nearly 3,000 news articles for each subject reviewed.

Education: We found exaggerated or mis-stated credentials in the backgrounds of 30% of employees or prospective employees. These findings include: discrepant degrees, majors, honors, and/or attendance dates; and/or academic suspensions. On several occasions, our investigators uncovered “multiple offenses” by the same person.

Work History: In 38% of our reports, we found incongruous employment dates: employment gaps of at least 6 months; periods of unemployment not cited on the biography; jobs omitted from the biography, or job title inflation. Again, this includes several “multiple offenses” by the same person.

Credit: 10% of the sample group had credit histories showing credit issues and 6% revealed significant credit issues.

Tax Liens: 6% of our subjects were listed as debtors in tax liens in their name or for a company they owned.

Criminal Actions: 4% of our subjects had a minor criminal infraction on their record. 2% had a DUI.

Civil Lawsuits: 20% of subjects were named in civil lawsuits. Many of these were filed in jurisdictions where the subject DOES NOT currently live or work (we take litigation very seriously—the Executive Advantage report uses an individual’s entire address history to develop our searches, not just a current residence), including a $1.2 million dollar loan default.

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