Sibylline acquisition of West Sands Advisory significantly enhances capability to deliver refined insight


We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of West Sands Advisory Ltd and its subsidiary, SG Analysis Ltd (operating as Shadow Governance Intel), with immediate effect. West Sands has been a leading supplier of investigations, integrity due diligence, and other “deep dive” projects since its foundation in 2006, with a particular focus on understanding and communicating the nexus between politics, crime and business in emerging markets.

West Sands has an enviable track record of success and has refreshingly high standards of openness and integrity in a sector that has traditionally been obscure. The firm is therefore an ideal partner to Sibylline, adding significant new expertise while also helping increase our core geopolitical insight through access to an expanded and highly connected global network. This means that we can offer all our clients an improved service, helping reinforce our desire to be a trusted extension to in house capabilities, and a part of clients’ core team.

West Sands’ former CEO, Tamara Makarenko, has become Head of Investigations in Sibylline, while other staff are being merged into our existing seven regional risk teams. We welcome them on board and the shared ethos and focus on quality for our clients promises to make integration near seamless.

The acquisition – Sibylline’s second, following the purchase of the assets of Aegis Advisory in 2016 – marks a milestone year for the company. In the last twelve months we have developed our on the ground presence through subsidiaries in Singapore, Ireland (for the EU) and multiple US locations. Even before the acquisition we had grown by over 3 times; with this increased offering we are now even more confidently positioned to deliver on our mission of providing refined insight to our clients and partners.

We will be in touch shortly with all friends and partners in order to talk though what this means and the improved joint offering, so look forward to talking to you in person soon. In the meantime, more details on our expanded offer is on our website – – or please contact us on if we can be of any assistance.