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Blue Umbrella Limited
Blue Umbrella is the leading Asia-focused provider of due diligence and pre-employment screening. With its unique focus on operational excellence, Blue Umbrella provides thoroughly researched reports derived from public source information at competitive p...
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Allan has more than a decade of experience in compliance risk management leadership, due diligence and pre-employment screening.
has more than a decade of experience in compliance risk management leadership, due diligence and pre-employment screening in Asia.
As Managing Director of Blue Umbrella, Allan is responsible for strategic development and execution, the day-to-day management of the organization, leading the executive team, and defining and embodying the corporate culture.
leadership has propelled Blue Umbrella
to become one of the most dependable, fastest growing compliance companies in the world.
Prior to founding Blue Umbrella Limited, Allan successfully built Verify Screening Solutions, an employee diligence company.
Verify began as a small operation and grew to become a large company with over 250 staff operating in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and India.
In early 2008, Verify
was acquired by their largest regional competitor.
Before joining the risk management industry, Allan was the Executive Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the largest Canadian business organization outside of Canada and an influential Hong Kong trade body.
Allan holds a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and also attended Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management.
He is a Governor of both the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the UBC Alumni Association in Hong Kong.
speaks Mandarin and can converse in Cantonese.
Allan Matheson, Managing ...
Allan Matheson, Managing Director, Blue Umbrella
Blue Umbrella Asian Due Diligence â€“ News
Allan Matheson, managing director of Blue Umbrella, offers practical advice on how treasurers can identify red flags when entering business relationships with their vendors.
"Allan Matheson, managing director at Blue Umbrella, a Hong Kong firm that provides due diligence reports on companies and individuals across Asia, said many of its clients have shifted attention from other markets to spend more time and resources managing risk in the region. 'We think the next big wave of growth will be in helping the increasing number of Asian companies implement measures to enhance corporate governance and transparency as they expand overseas,' he said."
says the Internet is a good starting point for examining a company's records, including the backgrounds of its corporate and individual shareholders. 'Blue Umbrella uses forums and blogs in China as well,' he
Indeed, technology is transforming due diligence..."
"We are actually quite optimistic and see that the overall trend among Chinese companies is towards greater transparency and stronger corporate governance," Matheson
makes clear that 'the majority of the companies we research are [validated as] legitimate businesses created and built by hard-working legitimate business people.'"
And hedge funds are circling over more and more Chinese stocks they want to bet against... Blue Umbrella investigates hundreds and sometimes thousands of companies and individuals every month, according to Allan Matheson
, who runs the research firm.
"Blue Umbrella's experts are charged not only with finding data but also efficiently processing and analyzing it, so that they can succinctly communicate what is most relevant to a client... 'Sometimes information if it's just data is not useful,' Mr. Matheson
explains, 'but once you start cross-referencing and checking it against other information, that is where we find things of interest.' Through public-record sources, Blue Umbrella's experts have found evidence of IP infringements, fraud and shaky financials."
Blue Umbrella Asian Due Diligence â€“ Directors and Management
Blue Umbrella was established ...
Blue Umbrella was established in 2009 by its Managing Director, Allan Matheson, and several other senior managers from the risk management industry.