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.
- Bosnian Croat Ex-Official Denies Mass Prisoner AbusesBerislav Pusic, the head of the wartime Bosnian Croat prisoner exchange commission, appealed against his conviction, arguing he was not responsible for crimes against Bosniak detainees in 1993 and 1994.
- Putin Wishes Vucic Luck in Serbian ElectionRussia's President has wished Aleksandar Vucic success in the forthcoming presidential election, despite the Kremlin's claim that it would not interfere in Serbia's electoral process.
- Vatican Sends Envoy to Medjugorje in BosniaA special papal envoy is to spend months among the clergy in Medjugorje, the disputed Marian shrine in Bosnia, which visited by hundreds of thousands of Catholics each year but which the Vatican has never officially recognised.
- Kosovo Serb MPs End Boycott of ParliamentSerb MPs returned to Kosovo parliament after six months to speed up the formation of an Association of Serb Municipalities but also to try to stop the formation of a Kosovo Army.
- Army Rows Widens Cracks in Kosovo CoalitionThe dispute over the transformation of Kosovo's armed forces could spell the end of Kosovo's troubled ruling coalition.
- Bosnian Croats Keep Pushing for Unachievable EntityBosnian Croat leaders are not giving up on their old demand for a third entity - but given how unlikely they are to get one, the question is what their real goal is.
- Justice Comes Late for Romania’s Ageing TorturersRomania has only recently started trying the former wardens of the communist-era political prisons – and some say it is too late now for justice to be done.
- Turkey’s anti-Gulen Campaign Leaves Bosniaks in DilemmaThe failure of Bosnia’s Bosniak leaders to meet Turkish demands to close down organisations allegedly linked to Fethullah Gulen could cost them Ankara’s support.
- Kosovo, Albania Give 'Common Market' Call Thumbs DownKosovo's Prime Minister has dismissed calls for a Western Balkan 'common market' as a pointless diversion from the goal of EU membership - while an important union in Albania has reached the same conclusion.
- Call for Balkan Customs Union Draws Faint PraiseEconomists have given calls for a new Balkans customs union a tepid welcome - saying the region’s political instability and poor business framework is a far bigger problem than lack of free trade.
- Croatia's Agrokor Must ‘Resolve Complex Issues at Once’The troubled biggest private company in Croatia, Agrokor, needs to resolve its multiple financial woes all at once, the head researcher at global fixed income specialist Debtwire told BIRN.
- Russians May Take Over Croatia's Agrokor, Economist SaysA partial takeover by Russian state banks of the biggest private company in Croatia would have momentous consequences but 'cannot be ruled out', an economist has suggested.