"Information is now ubiquitous. Power is understanding."

Arthur Sulzberger Jr. 
Chairman, New York Times Co. 

Founded in 2000, CNS Risk has carried out over 1,000 intelligence projects in 50+ countries across five continents. We apply classical intelligence gathering and analysis skills to fill knowledge gaps and to bring understanding to complex strategic problems in difficult environments.

We work directly for corporates and individuals, and in close collaboration with clients’ lawyers, auditors and other outside advisors. See PDFs below for case studies and services.

Anti-Corruption, Fraud & Bribery Support
Intelligence & Investigation Services

Litigation & Dispute Support

We find admissible evidence and produce relevant witnesses in cases where trails are difficult to follow, buried in bureaucratic obscurity, or hidden in foreign territories.

Intelligence & Investigations

We investigate counterparties and stakeholders; uncover financial anomalies; reveal Politically Exposed Persons; analyse networks; and scrutinize management.

Anti-Corruption, Bribery & Fraud Support

We help corporates and counsel navigate integrity challenges via our worldwide network of legal, FCPA, fraud, anti-corruption and forensics experts.

Compliance & Regulatory Issues

We design and implement policy to protect our clients’ integrity and enterprise value, giving businesses the tools to mitigate and respond to compliance breaches.

CNS Risk Head Offices

+44 20 3773 4002
+36 1 411 3602

CNS Risk U.K. HQ

207 Regent St., 3rd Fl.
London. WIB 3HH
United Kingdom


1052 Budapest
Vármegye u. 3-5.

General Inquiries



Nicholas Sarvari

Managing Partner

The founder of CNS Risk is a recognised regional risk expert with two decades of high-level experience in intelligence gathering, risk assessment & mitigation, and multi-million dollar anti-corruption & fraud investigations.


Matthew Higginson

Director, Investigations

A former regional editor with Euromoney Institutional Investor, Matthew has over 15 years’ experience of business & investigative journalism. A financial crime and corruption specialist, he leads our investigations team.


John Benfold FCA


John is a U.K Chartered Accountant with several decades of top tier investment banking and management experience in the City of London, New York and CEE. He leads the CNS Risk forensic accounting practice.


Áron Fánczi

Director, Forensics

A vastly experienced intelligence & risk analyst, Áron is a data interrogation and visualization expert who has worked with CNS since its inception. Based in Budapest, he leads the company’s forensics practice.


Gareth Babbs

Senior Advisor

An ex-military intelligence officer and formerly the head of Control Risks in Russia, Gareth is a political, business and security risk expert who has guided companies and individuals out of crises across the Former Soviet Union.


Alexandra Horváthová


Alexandra is an anti-bribery, FCPA, financial crime and CSR expert. A lawyer and post doc researcher specialising in international business and capital markets law, she leads our compliance and regulatory advisory team.


Tsvetlin Yovchev

Senior Advisor

A decorated ex-intelligence officer & risk advisor, Tsvetlin served as Chief of DANS, Bulgaria’s State Agency for National Security, and as his country’s Minister of Interior and Deputy Prime Minister. He leads our Balkan practice.


CNS Risk

Intelligence. Worldwide.

CNS Risk’s international network of intelligence and risk management experts are on call 24/7 to deliver actionable advice and assistance, wherever your issue arises. Contact us for more information on our talent roster and deployment.


We turned to CNS Risk to solve a sensitive and complex problem in an unfamiliar business environment. They delivered.

CEO - FTSE 250-listed company. London. U.K.