We provide our clients with in-depth analysis of political, security and economic developments in the Balkans, both region-wide and country specific but always tailored to their needs. With our network of analysts embedded throughout the region and immersed in the latest information at its source, we not only explain to our clients specific events but also provide foresight regarding risks and opportunities.
BIRN Consultancy handles a wide range of corporate investigations and integrity due diligence cases. Our clients come to us when considering a new business relationship or when they are worried about an existing one running into problems. We answer their questions but also point out issues which they might have missed.
Whether our clients are entering a new market, expanding existing projects or exploiting other opportunities, we help them make informed decisions in uncertain political, regulatory and commercial conditions. Irrespective of whether our clients need to understand the wider business environment, a specific sector or map key decision makers, we carry out research and provide analysis based on their needs.
Sometimes the needs of our clients require a mix of all of our services or relate to a niche problem that does not fall neatly into any of the above categories. Some problems require multi-jurisdictional investigations and analysis. Whatever the brief, we can assemble the most relevant expertise to provide answers for our clients based on their needs.
BIRN Consultancy is an analysis, advisory and corporate investigation consultancy with a regional focus on the Balkans. Unlike our competitors, we are based in the Balkans, in close proximity to the variety of information that our clients need to navigate the web of complexity that the region represents from a political, business, regulatory and compliance point of view. Uniquely, our team of analysts and experts combines a mix of deep local knowledge together with an understanding of the needs and best practices of our clients based outside the region.
- Handball Federation Bans Serbia Over Cancelled Kosovo MatchThe European Handball Federation has banned Serbia's junior women's team of Serbia from the World Cup after it cancelled a match with Kosovo on Friday.
- Macedonia President Must Sign Language Law, Speaker SaysThe speaker of Macedonia's parliament has told BIRN TV's show that the President will be violating the constitution if he again refuses to sign a new law extending use of the Albanian language.
- UNDP Insists Infected Raspberries in Bosnia Pose no DangerFollowing reports that raspberries distributed by UN Development Program after the 2014 floods in Bosnia were infected with bacteria, the UN organisation said the bacteria were not dangerous.
- Albania Commission Fires Top Judge Over Unexplained WealthIn the first such case, Albania's Vetting Commission has axed Constitutional Court Judge Fatos Lulo over his unexplained assets, in a decision praised by the Prime Minister, Edi Rama.
- Why the Balkans Should Support Russian DissidentsCivic initiatives in countries like Montenegro to support free-thinkers and democracy activists in Russia could help them in their efforts to build a more just and tolerant society at home.
- ‘Macedonians Will Not Like Census Results’ - Apostol SimovskiThe new head of Macedonia’s statistics office says the next census due in 2020 will be professionally done – but adds that the results may come as a shock.
- Women’s Rights Convention Tests Croatian PM’s StrengthThe Croatian parliament’s adoption of the so-called Istanbul convention has turned into a political battlefield – which may define the fate of Andrej Plenkovic’s embattled government.
- Milosevic-Djindjic Struggle Continues Long After Their DeathsA proposal to build a monument to deceased strongman leader Slobodan Milosevic as well as one to murdered reformist premier Zoran Djindjic shows how the political battle between the two men’s ideals continues in Serbia.
- Facebook Data Row Makes Waves in RomaniaA British consultant allegedly scouted by data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica has claimed that the company had plans to secretly work for Romania’s ruling party in the 2016 elections.
- Norway's Telenor Sells Balkan Assets for €2.8bnThe telecommunications giant has agreed to sell its assets in Central and Eastern Europe to the multinational PPF Group, in order 'to focus on regions with the strongest potential'.
- China's Balkan ‘Gifts’ Come With Strings AttachedChina is promising investment all over the Balkan region – but while Chinese money seems easier to obtain than that from the EU, experts warn that such projects might come at a price.
- Bitcoin Fever Grips Serbia’s Risk-TakersAlthough its value has fallen from its December 2017 peak, more and more Serbs are getting hooked on the idea of making fortunes from the mysterious crypto-currency.