Investigative firm expands reach into Asia

Derish Associates, Inc., has formed a new strategic alliance with Ted Kavowras of Panoramic Consulting, a firm that specializes in intellectual property investigations, primarily in Hong Kong and China.

Seth Derish, the principal in the firm that bears his name, said he and Kavowras have worked together for years on investigations around the globe.  They recently firmed up this alliance when Derish attended the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition conference, which took place in Hong Kong.  Also attending the conference were international law firms, U.S. and Asian law enforcement agencies, manufacturers’ representatives, as well as the U.S. consul general and his staff.

“As many of our existing clients already know, Mr. Derish’s recent focus is in Latin America, as he lives and works in Costa Rica and is the district director for Central America for the Council of International Investigators. The new partnership with Panoramic increases Derish Associates’ global reach to include Asia,” said Mary Nikas, vice president and chief investigator for U.S. Operations.

While Panoramic specializes in detection and gathering of evidence against foreign counterfeiters, Derish Associates provides background intelligence on the individuals and corporations behind these crimes, offering victims the information they need to recover damages.

The Council of International Investigators is meeting in San Francisco Sept. 3 to 6, and both Derish and Kavowras are offering free consultations then to discuss intellectual property needs.Those unabel to do that can visit the Derish Web site. 

Derish Associates is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with offices in Chico, California, Salem, Oregon, and San Jose, Costa Rica.  The U.S. operations are personally handled and directed by Ms. Nikas, a San Francisco Bay Area native who joined the firm in 1994 after several years in the financial securities sector.

She specializes in financial and real estate fraud investigations and has exposed bankruptcy and mail fraud rings, money laundering schemes, and mortgage loan and escrow company fraud.

Kavowras is currently the operations manager of Panoramic Consulting Ltd.  He is a retired police officer and a seasoned investigator, with years of experience in the U.S. law enforcement arena, working for the New York Police Department and with various federal agencies.

Panoramic protects many major brands in China, and has developed a working relationship with Hong Kong customs officials and police and with the Chinese Public Security Bureau and Food & Drug Administration, to combat counterfeiting.

Kavowras has been featured as an anti-counterfeiting expert on many major networks and is frequently called upon to speak at worldwide conferences of lawyers, investigators and law enforcement.

Derish, a San Francisco native, opened his own investigation agency there in 1978 and has been continuously practicing since.  In the 1980s, he worked with legendary personal injury attorneys Melvin Belli and Bob Cartwright, became an outside consultant to Security Pacific National Bank and was an investigative adviser to The San Francisco Examiner, The San Francisco Chronicle and CBS local affiliate, KPIX News.

Derish assists local and national law firms in all types of cases, including labor, environmental, personal injury, and financial fraud.  He has worked on several murder cases for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office as an outside contractor. His most notable case involved eyewitness testimony that led to the exoneration of the client for murder, he said.

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