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.
- Croatian Agency Backs BIRN’s Arms InvestigationCroatia’s statistics bureau has confirmed data showing that 2016 was a record year for arms exports to Saudi Arabia, despite claims by a ministry to the contrary.
- Serbian Officials Slam ‘Illegal’ Bosnian Genocide LawsuitTop officials from Serbia and Bosnia’s Serb-led entity Republika Srpska said an attempt to revive Bosnia’s genocide lawsuit against Belgrade at the International Criminal Court was an attack on all Serbs.
- Demoted Macedonia Judges Blame Purge on PoliticsThe sudden reassignment of a number of reputable judges from Skopje's Criminal Court is a politically motivated blow directed at the Special Prosecution, judges and legal experts say.
- Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic Put Under House ArrestKosovo Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic, who is awaiting retrial for alleged war crimes, was released from detention but placed under house arrest for two months.
- Croatia’s LGBT Community Spooked by Nightclub AttackA recent attack on an LGBT club night in Zagreb rekindled fears of persecution and raised concerns that Croatia has not made as much progress on gay rights as some had hoped.
- Kosovo’s Mustafa Defies Tear Gas and Resignation CallsKosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa told BIRN that his government has already survived street protests and tear gas attacks, and will ignore the opposition’s continued calls for early elections.
- Is Feudal Ex-Yugoslavia Incapable of Reform?Western Balkan societies remain mired in squalor and resentment because we have not had the courage to demand anything better or confront our feudal, predatory elites.
- Croatia Profits from Syria’s Gruesome WarZagreb made record-breaking sales of aging ammunition and weapons to Saudi Arabia in 2016 - ignoring well-founded concerns that the stocks would be diverted to Syria.
- Macedonia, Croatia Risk Trade War Over WineSkopje may make it harder to import Croatian products if Zagreb continues imposing additional non-tariff restrictions on Macedonian wine and delaying imports with lengthy inspections.
- Croatia’s Biggest Retailer Struggles to Avoid CollapseThe biggest retail company in the region, Croatia’s Agrokor, is facing an uncertain future due to its accumulated debt, and analysts say urgent measures are required to save it from demise.
- Buy-Ups Shake Up Serbia’s Banking SectorSerbia’s banking sector is facing major changes, including mergers and takeovers, but bank clients are unlikely to feel many benefits, experts say.
- Bosnian Military Exports to Middle East BoomingBosnia’s growing foreign arms sales are a rare export success for the country, although many weapons are going to Saudi Arabia, which has been accused of abuses in the Yemen conflict.