A seasoned industry professional, Spencer has assisted numerous Fortune 500 companies with assessing the risk of entering new markets, selecting local joint venture partners and dealing with crisis management issues. Spencer has continuously developed a far reaching network of trusted on-the-ground resources from private and public sectors and he is a specialist in high-risk frontiers, such as Mongolia and Myanmar. Additionally, Spencer is an accredited close protection specialist and he headed several security teams for US multinationals during the Beijing Olympics. Spencer heads EBM’s practice and operations in Hong Kong.


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Mark gained his BA in Politics from Sheffield University, UK and from the 1990’s developed a career in sports marketing in Hong Kong. Strong in general management, marketing and project management Mark has worked in risk management consulting and investigations since 2010. Mark has successfully managed hundreds of due diligence research and business intelligence projects and complex investigations in China, Hong Kong, Mongolia and across the Asia Pacific region. After more than 20 years in Hong Kong Mark relocated to Manchester, UK where he heads up EBM’s new practice and operations in the UK and Europe.


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Amy is a graduate in Political Science from the Baptist University of Hong Kong and joined EBM in Hong Kong in 2012. Amy is fluent in English, Cantonese and Putonghua (Mandarin) and is an experienced project leader of complex due diligence, litigation support, IP infringement investigations and business intelligence projects in China, Asia Pacific and the Middle East regions.



Cecilia is a graduate of the University of Central Lancashire (UK), gained her Masters in Language Studies at City University of Hong Kong and joined the EBM team in 2013. Cecilia is fluent in English, Cantonese and Putonghua (Mandarin) and leads counter party due diligence and compliance research projects particularly in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Macau.



Michael originally started his career as a teacher in the U.K. with a B. Ed (Hons) degree in Psychology and Education. He joined the Royal Hong Kong Police in 1977 and served with them for 31 years before retiring at the rank of Senior Superintendent. He spent most of his police career in CID and has a great deal of operational experience, particularly with regard to the investigation of organized and serious crime and the formulation of strategic and tactical intelligence.

He holds an M.Sc degree in Security Management from the University of Leicester as well as being a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with the American Society for Industrial Security and a Fellow of the Security Institute (FSyI) in the UK. He is also qualified in Compliance, being a Member of the International Compliance Association (MICA) in the UK.



Ian Barlow is an experienced security risk management consultant, with specialist knowledge of fraud investigations gained during a career in the Commercial Crime Bureau of the Hong Kong Police, the financial services and advanced technology industries. Ian’s policing experience included uniformed, plain clothes, criminal investigation and para-military duties. Ian was recruited from the police by a UK based financial institution to provide security, investigation, and risk management services tailored to the requirements of the North Asian, Indian, African and Middle Eastern markets.
Ian next joined a leading North American communications technology company overseeing site, systems, and staff security across Asia, and investigating suspected unethical conduct by employees, partners and suppliers, leading crisis management and emergency response, advising on staff and executive travel safety, leading security project management, and training employees in security awareness and ethical business conduct. Ian is qualified as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), USA; a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), USA; a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), from the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), USA; a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), UK; and a Member of International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI), USA.



Winnie gained her degree in Criminology from Simon Fraser University, Canada where she also gained further qualifications in Forensic Studies, and joined the EBM team in 2017. Winnie is fluent in English, Cantonese and Putonghua (Mandarin) and is focused on due diligence and compliance projects particularly in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.



Based in Mongolia, Mickey has a MSc in Electrical Engineering and a professional background in the natural resources, construction and IT sectors in Mongolia. Mickey joined the EBM team in 2015 and has strong language skills in Mongolian, Kazakh, Russian, Turkish and English. Mickey has an excellent network of contacts in Mongolia and is responsible for due diligence and business intelligence research projects in Mongolia and Kazakhstan.



Tim is an exceptionally experienced industry professional whose career in law enforcement spanned more than three decades. At his retirement Tim held the rank of Chief of Investigations for the 10th largest Sheriff’s department in the United States.

His training and operational responsibilities included special weapons and tactics ( SWAT ), gang enforcement, intelligence and majors narcotic enforcement. He also received extensive training in executive security and acted as the primary local liaison for four Presidential visits. The last 22 years of his career were spent in special enforcement at various ranks. He founded, designed and managed a locally led  multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force that included members from local, state and federal agencies. Numbering more than seventy officers, the program conducted hundreds of investigations throughout the US seizing millions of dollars in cash and thousands of pounds of illegal drugs. The group recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and is widely recognized as the most copied model of its type and purpose in the US.

After retirement Tim entered the private sector and for eight years held an executive position with a long established risk management company whose clients consist primarily of international firms dealing in major U. S. government contracts. Charged with the responsibility of assuring client compliance with the multiple regulations in place for worldwide trade, he established a worldwide network of on the ground resources that insured local laws were observed and provincial customs respected.



James is a business intelligence and security professional who has lived and worked in South East Asia for over 25 years. Formerly with the British Foreign Office in Bangkok and the Middles East, and an adviser to the Sri Lankan government, James is a graduate of Oxford University and the School of Oriental & African studies in London.

James, a highly experienced professional with a wealth of local knowledge and resources developed over 25 years in the region, heads up EBM’s business intelligence and enhanced due diligence services for Myanmar.