DGA Launches an Intelligence Offering

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Washington, D.C. – May 9, 2023 – DGA, an elite multidisciplinary advisory firm, today announced a new Intelligence offering to equip boards and management teams with the visibility needed to demystify complex business situations, enabling rapid and precise decisions during high-stakes moments of opportunity, risk and change.​ The offering combines the firm’s leading geopolitical risk, transaction advisory and crisis, dispute and issues management expertise with strategic intelligence and analytical capabilities, drawing from an unparalleled network across the business, government, finance and nonprofit sectors.

“This capability is an essential tool for executives facing their toughest decisions, and we offer it on an integrated basis,” said Ed Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of DGA. “The quality of the data underpinning our strategic advice has been greatly enhanced with the addition of our global intelligence offering.”

Specialty areas of the offering, working alongside expert practices from across the firm, include:

Strategic Advisory: Market entry, reputational risk assessments and monitoring, special situations, negotiation support and strategic intelligence.

Compliance & Investigations: Investigative due diligence, global regulatory compliance intelligence and monitoring, multi-jurisdictional investigations and sanctions/AML support.

Disputes: Pre-dispute strategy, cross-border arbitration support, asset tracing and enforcement support, evidence and witness testimony, dynamic situational awareness collection and counterparty profiling.

ESG & Supply Chain: Supplier risk management and network mapping, critical materials intelligence, compliance and audit investigations, “Know Your Customer” investigations, risk identification and resilience strategy.

Financial Services: Investment risk analysis, M&A support, complex investigations and advice related to shareholder activism.

DGA’s Intelligence offering is led by a senior team of executives with a proven track record of delivering actionable insights and meaningful strategies to drive business outcomes, including in difficult operating environments with sensitive political contexts:

Michael Auerbach is a business consultant and commercial diplomat with decades of experience providing strategic intelligence and risk management advisory across sectors, including financial services. Previously, Mr. Auerbach was a Senior Vice President at Albright Stonebridge Group, which became part of DGA in 2021.

Kristin Bahnsen brings more than two decades of experience in strategic intelligence, global operations and risk advisory, having worked across industry and government. Previously, Ms. Bahnsen was Vice President with Gartner, Inc., supporting C-suite supply chain and operations leaders on their operational and digital transformations, ESG strategies and the future of work.

John Hughes has an extensive track record working on issues at the intersection of geopolitics, geoeconomics, risk analysis, public policy and strategy across roles in government, the private sector and consulting.​ Most recently, he served as the Head of Geopolitical Engagement at Twitter, where he drove the company’s strategies on priority global issues.​

Adrian Stones has decades of experience advising clients at the highest levels across various industries. He previously held senior roles in the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office. Most recently, he served as a director and board member at Alaco, a business intelligence firm in London, where he led numerous complex client engagements.

“Our expert team helps clients navigate the complexities facing today’s global business,” said Mr. Auerbach, who leads the global team from New York. “The insight-led, actionable recommendations we make help executives de-risk disputes, regulatory or government action, macroeconomic and geopolitical influences, disruption and special situations.”

About DGA

DGA is an expert-led advisory firm that provides integrated solutions for clients in an increasingly complex, regulated and interconnected business environment. Comprising Albright Stonebridge Group and a deep bench of communications, public affairs, government relations and strategy consultants, we help clients engage with governments and regulatory bodies, navigate public disclosures and transactions within the private and capital markets, and manage their reputations through critical moments of change, challenge or opportunity.

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