FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Corporate Investigations
- Cyber Investigations & TSCM Services
- International Investigations
- Legal Investigations
Rates may vary from one case to another. Costs will depend mostly on the complexity of the case, the level of expertise and sophistication of tools used; but also it will depend on the number of hours that will be devoted, the distances that will be travelled, and the expenses that might be encountered in the process.
Generally speaking, private investigator costs across the globe can range between $55 and $375 dollars an hour (either in CAD, USD, EUR or GBP). Different services cost differently, and also vary from country to country, province to province and state to state, and even city to city. Moreover, costs also vary between agencies, and while one agency may charge $55/h, another agency in the same city may charge $125/h for the same service.
At MADPI GLOBAL, our rates are fair, competitive, and correspond to the capabilities of our investigators and resources. We recommend contacting us with details of your case, and we’ll estimate it for you free of charge.
Depending on the complexity of the case, it could be as quick as a few hours or as long as a few months. But generally speaking, we start cases as soon as we possibly can and strive to complete each case within estimated time frame, efficiently and diligently.
Nevertheless, at MADPI GLOBAL, we are never too hasty to compromise the quality of the results but are never too slow to get it in time for our client’s specific arrangements.
Does MADPI GLOBAL specialize in certain areas more than other areas? Have you had more success with certain types of cases than others?
MADPI GLOBAL investigates a broad spectrum of cases as our team members specialise in their respective fields, and therefore as a firm, we have expertise in many different areas of investigation, intelligence collection and analysis, risk management, and security. We are equally well equipped and equally successful at everything we do.
We do however enjoy some cases more than others. One of such examples, is intelligence gathering. Since we have access to many resources and databases, we love collecting information from various sources, analysing it and delivering it to our clients in detailed reports for their strategic planning and risk mitigation needs. Another example is surveillance. We love going to other cities and countries where we can exploit our full potential in new environments, think fast, improvise, and then bring beneficial results back to our clients.
If you have questions about a specific area of expertise or a particular case, contact us for a free consultation to discuss it in full confidence.
MADPI GLOBAL’s employees are intelligent, educated and experienced investigators and experts. Plus, we build all our relationships and services on integrity, ethics, and professionalism. We are more resourceful than most agencies in Canada, and have access to more databases, which allows us to provide more accurate and objective information to our clients.
Our technical expertise is second to none, and what we can do in terms of digital cyber investigations and TSCM, is simply remarkable. When it comes to security and confidentiality of our client’s information, we do not take any chances, and protect it as our own, and are also PIPEDA and GDPR compliant.
We also possess all necessary government permits, fully insured, bonded, and are members of many national and international industry associations.
Lastly, we are also active philanthropists, care about the oceans, are environmentally conscious, and strive to make our world a better and safer place to live in.
Team members at MADPI GLOBAL come from various backgrounds. We employ ex-law enforcement and intelligence officers from various federal, provincial and municipal departments across the country. We also employ university graduates and experts with PhDs. At the same time, we don’t shy away from self-made human capital with nothing but sheer genius and experience in their toolkits.
Depending on the complexity of the case and level of expertise necessary to obtain effective results, we deploy the most suitable candidates to solve our clients’ case.
Nevertheless, despite any academic, professional or experience background, MADPI GLOBAL team members continue their education on the regular basis.
At MADPI GLOBAL, we take PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY very seriously, and make sure that appropriate security measures are in place to safeguard our clients’ information. All data and communication are encrypted, stored securely, and handled according to PIPEDA and GDPR, and the latest available technology. Our investigators work only with the need-to-know information in order to perform their job duties and to conduct investigations.
Contact us if you have any questions or if you wish to make arrangements to communicate with us in a particular manner.
Yes, under certain conditions and depending on a case. For example, we cannot guarantee that certain information will be present in a certain database or that on a certain date and time the subject of our investigation will come out of the house.
However, we can guarantee that if we obtain information from a database, we will make sure it’s reliable and current; or if the subject eventually comes out of the house, we will make sure to obtain video evidence and will comprehensively describe it in our report.
Investigation is like fishing, it requires patience and being at the right place at the right time with the right set of tools. That is why at MADPI GLOBAL we come well equipped and prepared, and whether we guarantee anything or not, we do our utmost best to deliver the greatest results to our clients.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or to discuss your case in confidence.
As a private investigation firm, MADPI GLOBAL can assist your corporation with many different services. We can conduct background checks on executives and high-level employees as part of their pre-employment checks; we can provide enhanced due diligence on potential vendors, defaulted clients, and business partnerships; we can investigate WSIB / CNESST claims; internal theft, violence, harassment in the workplace; we can perform TSCM services and digital investigations; we can consult on digital security, review existing and help build new robust policies in place; we can secure your internal and external communication and / or review existing protocols; we can investigate or mitigate risks associated with industrial espionage.
Contact us for a free confidential consultation to discuss details of your particular concern.
Absolutely! In fact, we specialize in helping law firms and legal teams in collection and analysis of evidence (primarily in Commercial, Labour, Criminal and Family law). We are licenced legal investigators, and many of our recurrent clients are law firms from across Canada, United States, and around the world.
MADPI GLOBAL will gather complete intelligence profiles, conduct asset searches, and due diligence research; we’ll dive deep into exhaustive online and public records search, perform discreet surveillance, cyber investigations and TSCM; and will provide you with a comprehensive report, outlining detailed evidence in a concise and court-ready format. The goal is to help our legal clients amplify their effective performance in negotiations and court proceedings.
Contact us to discuss your case in full confidence (we are always happy to sign an NDA prior to discussion).
Many firms offer surveillance (shadowing, following, etc.), why should we choose you to work on our case?
Surveillance is an art. To excel at surveillance, having basic skills and years of experience isn’t enough. Even with the full command of the will, the discipline, the attentiveness, the patience, the nimbleness, true art of surveillance is the privilege of a few. Transcending all the little intricacies, having that individual delicate capacity, that six sense, is what elevates those skills and experience to the next level of excellence.
At MADPI GLOBAL we own the above-mentioned faculties and surpass the thresholds of potential. In other words, we have what it takes, and then some. We excel at mobile, foot, and static surveillance, as well as counter surveillance measures. We are equipped to handle almost any off-road environment, harsh weather conditions, recreational activities, and more. When necessary, we can also provide remote, aerial, nautical / underwater, snowmobile, and motorcycle surveillance. We can design and integrate bespoke video / audio / GPS systems to acquire date and time stamped evidence.
Contact MADPI GLOBAL to discuss your surveillance needs free of charge; we’ll analyse your situation and provide you with a comprehensive confidential quote.
In a nutshell, a due diligence search is an investigation of a business or a person before signing a contract or entering a certain business relationship during mergers and acquisitions, supply chain continuity and integrity, to comply with sanctions, anti-money laundering (AML), anti-bribery, and corruption (ABC) laws. The purpose behind a due diligence search is to gain invaluable intelligence in order make better informed decisions, secure assets and interests, and prevent or minimize risks.
Enhanced due diligence search is the next level up, where a company or a person pose a greater-than-normal risk and helps the client gain a more in-depth understanding with whom they will be dealing. Besides the above mentioned traditional financial checks, this search will also include customers, third-party suppliers, and business partners verifying third-party risks across PESTLE (political, economic, sociocultural, technological, legal and environmental) categories in order to elevate client’s confidence and better protect their interests.
We typically access various databases, both government and private, conduct in-depth open-source intelligence (OSINT) gathering, use covert tactics, and engage other investigative means to assist this type of investigation. We obtain corporate record data (details of company ownership, directorships, and shareholdings); legal and financial profiles, court records, regulatory and licensing checks, solvency and credit profiles; cyber profile analysis, multilingual online media and social media research; reputation analysis based on intelligence collection; background checks on principals, including residence and property ownership checks, employment and educational verification, lobbying activities, politically exposed persons, organized crime affiliations, assessment of net worth, and more; screen vendors, suppliers, customers, and other third parties; ethics and corporate social responsibility checks; local market reputation through review of media sources; financial crime investigations (embezzlement, fraud, money laundering or other fiscal irregularities); confirm physical presence of registered offices, branches and subsidiaries.
Contact MADPI GLOBAL for a comprehensive confidential consultation to discuss your case.
An asset search can provide information about hidden or undisclosed bank accounts, real estate investments, movable property such as vehicles and boats, both inside the country and offshore.
MADPI GLOBAL can search assets in Canada and in almost any country around the world. We can search individual bank accounts, corporate bank accounts, private bank accounts, mortgages, investments, brokerage firms, trusts, etc. We go through government, open-source, and private databases, banks, registries and utilize the latest methods and industry tools.
Any individual, any law firm, and any corporate entity can benefit from a well conducted asset search. Whether it’s an upcoming business transaction, due diligence investigation, defaulted client, litigation process, or matrimonial situation, we will go deep to uncover what is hidden or what is owned by a corporation or a private person.
Contact us to for a free no-obligation confidential consultation and find exactly what you need.
Firing an employee that exhibited violent, harassing or intimidating behaviour in the workplace is never an easy undertaking. If handled without care, things can escalate quickly, and the employee may potentially become more violent or aggressive causing damage to other employees or property, which may in turn result in injuries, increased liability, and lengthy court proceedings.
MADPI GLOBAL can ensure that termination will be handled with highest regard for everyone’s safety, and will minimize any harm to persons, or damage to your reputation and property. We employ various methods and procedures to de-escalate and mitigate any dire circumstances. We use psychological and human kinetic techniques, provide experienced plain-clothes security during the session, escort the employee courteously and efficiently out of the building, and also provide post-termination risk mitigation assistance (which varies from case to case).
For more information, contact us in advance of the scheduled high-risk termination, and we’ll discuss it in more detail with you in full confidence and without any obligations.
Typically, TSCM practitioners do not have a store front operation, or rely on online marketing to connect with their client base. But having been in the TSCM industry since the mid-1990’s, MADPI GLOBAL experts know that the best means to connect with clients is through referrals from a trusted party such as through relationships with legal or corporate firms.
When engaging a TSCM practitioner this way, the client knows that the team has been qualified and has a proven track record in the delivery of reliable services.
All too often, we have met clients who had hired the services of “rain dancers” (wannabe sweep specialist) who wave antennas as they walk through a site with no training or experience, and a minimal investment in “magic boxes”. Those engaging in this type of business are charlatans and do nothing more than provide a false sense of security while bilking clients of their money.
Therefore, make sure that the experts you chose are qualified, experienced, and are highly educated in this domain.
The practitioners delivering TSCM services must constantly maintain awareness to emerging technology developments and the practices necessary to detect and defeat these new forms of compromise. Commercially available hardware designed to detect technical threat is often a few generations late to address these new threats, as is the scope of vendor led training programs.
It is important to note that equipment vendor training is delivered to mixed audiences and cannot include zero-day threat or classified information (including information on emerging threat). Accordingly, most vendor trained “experts” are trained to sweep for yesterday’s technology and are ill equipped to deliver effective services capable of addressing comprehensive risks.
There are very few qualified sweep teams available for contract work, and discerning between those who are actually qualified and equipped, and the paper tigers who believe a vendor’s training certificate is sufficient, are few and far between. It is for this reason that unless the client has the technical background to qualify the sweep team, that it is best to engage a team through those who have already certified the services of those they work with.
Consideration – Is the threat technical?
If you are considering contracting the services of a TSCM practitioner, you have serious concerns about the exposure of your confidential information. The factors which led you to believe your privacy is compromised is critical to determining where the compromise may exist, and the methods which will be used by the TSCM specialists to identify the breach. In many cases, the information which had been exposed may not have been conveyed via technical compromise, in which case the TSCM sweep will provide nothing more than peace of mind that technical threat is not a factor.
Triage – The most critical stage of a sweep
Before TSCM services are delivered it is important to discuss the factors which led the client to believe there is a presence of potential compromise. During this discussion the team lead is able to ascertain the scope of the threat and define and prioritize actions which will address these concerns effectively. Often during the triage stage, an experienced team will be able to optimize their approach to efficiently validate the concern and identify the threat.
This stage is also critical in establishing a level of complexity of the compromise implemented. If the matter is a domestic issue, it can be expected that any potential threat will have a threat level aligned to compromise which can be purchased online, whereas a situation of industrial espionage may involve more complex threat.
It is not just about the hardware
Many TSCM practitioners use the same integrated analysis hardware from the same vendor. Those who rely on this platform are delivering services on hardware which has been designed well over a decade ago and does not provide visibility to present day threat. Others use cobbled together Software Defined Radios (SDR) with laptop-based software. Although this approach appears to be promising on paper, the integration between the SDR and the laptop is too slow to deliver an effective analysis platform.
Understanding hardware design may be critical to hardware selection, but expertise and experience in the technologies used to collect and convey information over all signal paths, including optical and inaudible acoustics, is far more critical to the development of any competent team.
There is no magic box!! Many TSCM equipment vendors will lead their clients to believe that their technology can cover all forms of risk. This is factually incorrect, as most of these technologies will address some, or most of the forms of threat, while ignoring others. As an example, many devices will look for transmitting or recording technical threat, and only indicate the presence of digital transmission sources such including Bluetooth, DECT, or WIFI, without any analysis of these signals. This lack of visibility results in the TSCM practitioner assuming the signal to be classified as legitimate, without knowing where the signal is connected to, or whether it is being used to exfiltrate information.
TSCM is the art of analysing and auditing all modes of information conveyance and needs to be delivered by those who constantly maintain an understanding of these channels. No tool or technology can replace the technical competence required to deliver these services. In many cases, we have seen former law enforcement, or investigators with no technical or communications background spend more than $100,000 on equipment and training hoping to be able to deliver sweep services. Yet, despite this investment, and the false sense of experience, they fail to identify actual threat due to their reliance on the technology without full understanding of the threat complexity.
Our team is comprised of career technologists including professional government signals intelligence officers, mobile RF carrier engineers, security specialists, digital forensics specialists, data communications network specialists and packet level network analysts. Members of our team are involved in the analysis of zero-day threat technologies, where we document operational capabilities, and develop detection and defeat practices. We are dedicated to the identification and analysis of not only RF based threat, but also the detection of embedded technologies, whether active or inactive, or integrated into legitimate technology.
MADPI GLOBAL team goes well beyond the scope delivered by other teams as we are able to include visibility into digital network signals and validate whether local transmission sources are using adjacent networks to exfiltrate information off premises.