For companies looking to work with a foreign entity, accessing public records can be a useful first port of call in the due diligence process before going down the sometimes more expensive route of initiating reputational source enquiries. In Cross-border Information’s first Research Insights post, we look at litigation and corporate record availability in a sample of West and Central African countries, where a reliance on paper-based records, a lack of centralised databases and sometimes shaky filing systems can prove challenging for investigators. To add to the complications, local laws sometimes differentiate between formations of company – a ‘Sociedade Anonima’ in some jurisdictions is not obliged to file shareholder information.
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