About Orbis

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Our Approach

Our boutique approach means the Directors are closely involved in the execution and detail of every project, supported by an in-house team of experienced investigators and intelligence analysts. This enables us to dovetail these resources discreetly and efficiently with the full range of forensic investigative tools. We obtain reliable, admissible evidence and then work with our clients to reconcile the facts to support counsel’s strategy at every stage in the dispute process.

Ethical business practice is a fundamental value for the Orbis Business Intelligence team. Our documented procedures, developed in conjunction with external legal counsel, ensure compliance with relevant UK, US and EU legislation.

Our Network

Our global reach is underpinned by established local networks of trusted associates and independent sources, which span from western Europe to the most challenging frontier markets.

Our networks are made up of regional, industry and academic experts, as well as prominent business figures. We call upon their expertise and closed network of contacts to help our clients frame business decisions, protect our clients’ reputations, and problem-solve for companies facing complex issues worldwide.

History

Orbis Business Intelligence was founded in 2009 by former British government intelligence professionals. The team now draws on extensive experience at boardroom level in government, multilateral diplomacy and international business. We provide bespoke investigative and advisory support to legal counsel, private practice lawyers and senior decision-makers involved in commercial disputes.

Directors

Christopher Steele

Christopher Steele

Founder
A joint founder of Orbis, Chris’ clients include senior decision-makers in the energy, banking, regulatory and legal communities, for whom he has undertaken the full range of intelligence-led assignments. He has provided critical long-term support to legal counsel on several high-profile arbitration and litigation cases, and consults regularly to boardrooms on underlying issues that might affect their investments in opaque jurisdictions. Chris began his career in government and diplomacy, with a focus on Russia/CIS and Eastern Europe. In his last government role as a member of the FCDO, he was senior briefer in UK/US Government and UK boardrooms on Russia and the CIS. This career has provided him unparalleled connections in the UK government and overseas. Chris speaks Russian and French.

Gita Mooljee

Gita Mooljee

Managing Director
Gita is a senior security and strategy advisor who has delivered high-impact influence, and national security outcomes for the Australian and British government. Prior to joining Orbis, Gita had a 20-year diplomatic career leading high performing teams to deliver exceptional political insights and operational outcomes across thematic and country portfolios. Her diplomatic roles include an FCDO posting to Cyprus. She also served Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra and was a posted Political Counsellor in Timor-Leste, Malaysia, and Thailand. As a board member, Gita is passionate about developing Orbis’ strong track record in providing unique geopolitical insights.

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Chris Burrows

Founder and Senior Advisor
A joint founder of Orbis, Chris’ work comprises a broad spectrum of strategic advisory roles and investigations management primarily for multinational corporations, banks and the investment community.

Prior to Orbis, Chris had over 20 years’ government experience in the diplomatic service, serving as Director of Operations for sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America at the FCO and as Political Counselor at the British High Commission in New Delhi. He is multilingual and manages Latin America, West Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.

James Ormrod

James Ormrod

Non-Executive Director
Orbis’ non-executive director since 2020, across his distinguished career James has been Chief Legal Officer, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at UK public limited companies. He also worked as a Vice President and Regional Legal Affairs director of a global US-based technology business.

Get in touch

For more information, please telephone Orbis on +44 (0)2036 409 939 or