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Richard Axel - Pallas Investigations


Richard Axel

Personal integrity. Client satisfaction. Unmatched professionalism. This is the business philosophy of Richard Axel and it flows through every detail of Pallas Consultant. Richard Axel is a highly credentialed business and security executive with over 20 years of experience, including serving as Senior Managing Director for a financial restructuring firm and time in law enforcement.

Richard transitioned his law enforcement experience to the private sector, specializing in risk management including corporate investigations, intelligence, crisis management, threat and risk assessments, surveillance, counter-surveillance measures, executive protection, and security services for domestic and global clients. Richard has successfully led numerous criminal and corporate fraud investigations, espionage, embezzlement, theft, insider trading, digital forensics and cyber security investigations assuring his clients access to world-class expertise helping mitigate the significant risks of today’s volatile business environment.

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Pallas Consultants is founded on the principals of honesty and integrity to serve our clients successfully in each case. Each member of the firm is committed to client service and legal investigative practices. We are a global specialist intelligence, investigation and risk advisory agency based in New York and London, with a network of experts that extends around the globe.

Pallas Consultants consists of licensed experienced professionals handling a broad range of issues in the areas of Personal, Private and Corporate Investigations all over the world. Our clients include private individuals, leading law firms, family offices, litigation funders, multinational businesses and financial institutions. Many come to us through word-of-mouth recommendations, based on our proven strategic, intelligence-led approach. They treat us as trusted advisers and partners they can always rely on to get results.

Over the last 20 years, our in-house team has founded a global intelligence network, built on trusted sources who are all experts in their fields. Between them, they have unrivaled knowledge and experience in business, government, military and law enforcement. Trust and confidentiality are at the heart of what we do. We believe this approach not only underscores how seriously we view confidentiality, but it also offers an added advantage. We can work more discreetly and effectively for you on sensitive issues away from the limelight to get you the results you need.

You may be facing complex and unfamiliar situations where the outcome is vital. Looking at each case with fresh eyes, we create a bespoke plan to resolve your issue. As a result, you get the concise, accurate and actionable evidential information you need to move your case forward.

Our investigations will uncover the detail you need to resolve the challenges you face - from litigation to business intelligence, due diligence to asset tracing and recovery, and critical risk and reputation issues. You can rest assured all our work is carried out ethically and lawfully, wherever we work around the world.



Pallas Consultants professionals are experts in the areas of valuation, expert services, investigations, cyber security, legal and business solutions, data analytics and regulatory compliance. The success of Pallas Consultants is based on collaborative vision, habits and beliefs that are consistently executed by the company’s leadership team.


Our beliefs in leadership, mentorship, and social responsibility are paralleled with our dedication to investigative excellence and customer service. Our success has been driven by the philosophy and commitment to help many people along the way ~ our clients, our employees and our community, with the ultimate goal – to make a difference and be the difference.

The Leadership

Your goals are our goals.


Every client is unique and every case is different. We know that our customers are simply looking for answers to questions. We pride ourselves in helping others by providing them reliable factual information so they can make educated decisions.  When you choose us, you can interact directly with the investigator that is collecting the information, and will not receive it secondhand.  We listen to understand your goals and devise a custom plan for achieving them. 


We believe that an investigative firm is only as good as the

investigators that work there.


When you hire us, you will work directly with a veteran private investigator and our team of pros. We have over 20+ years of investigative experience and know how to leverage it to your benefit. Helping those that deserve it is our core objective and only the most qualified investigators are chosen for your work. 


Every situation is unique and is treated as such. 


We work directly with our clients to determine their needs then devise a plan that is custom fit, smart, legal, and ethical. Best of all, you get to communicate directly with an investigator throughout the process. You will not receive the results of the investigation secondhand from a person that was not directly involved.  You will not wonder if everything that could have been done was done.


Who the client is and what is being investigated remains private between the investigators and the client. Always.. 


Under no circumstance do we reveal who is being investigated, who hired us, or the specifics of the investigation. You can rest assured that the investigator will not reveal this information to the subject of the investigation, random civilians, or even law enforcement.


Your complete satisfaction is a priority to us. 


Evidence can either confirm or deny questions and no one can guarantee which of the two they will do. So, while a guaranteed outcome is not possible to predict, we are dedicated to providing you the best investigation possible and we’ll prove it.  If you are not completely satisfied, we will do everything in our power to make it right. Even if making it right means providing additional services, at no expense to you.

  • What sets Pallas Consultants apart.
    Pallas Consultant's adherence to our core values has led clients to retain us time and again on matters of the utmost importance and sensitivity. Our relationships are built on: Confidentiality & Integrity. Acting ethically and legally is of paramount importance to us. The team of Pallas Consultants are trained to handle cases respecting client confidentiality, regardless whether any non-disclosure agreements have been signed. Pallas Consultants reassures clients that this confidentiality extends even after completion of an inquiry. Pallas Consultants maintains a high level of professional and ethical conduct. In conducting investigations, our operatives and researchers will ensure that the best practices are followed and that any information will be obtained ethically and legally, adhering to local laws and International laws. Analysis. Creativity. Thoroughness. We don’t believe in menu-driven investigations or a democracy of facts. We are exhaustive but focused and adept at teasing out inferences, providing corroboration and separating “information” from evidence. Responsiveness. Hands-on management. We focus on our clients’ objectives and tailor our investigative strategies accordingly. There are no layers between the professionals who do the work and the clients we serve. We are available around the clock and around the world. Client focus. We communicate with our clients clearly, succinctly and in real time. We respect budgets and deadlines. We believe it is our role to solve our clients’ problems, not to create new ones. Independence. Collaboration. We are independently owned and answer only to our clients, not to investors or shareholders. We collaborate with other firms, not compete, providing our clients with seamless service.
  • What we believe.
    Our founder, Richard Axel, served as a law enforcement and when Richard created Pallas Consultants, he used this experience to define the skills and attitudes which would be needed to make Pallas Consultants one of the best private and corporate investigations firm in the world. We believe that every client and every issue is unique and we place the highest value on our understanding of each and every client and our responsiveness to their needs. Eschewing formulaic approaches, Pallas Consultants develops bespoke, cost-effective investigative plans that place a premium on creativity, thoroughness, corroboration and analysis. We believe that our fact-finding must always be conducted under strict legal discipline. We have an unwavering commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards. What sets us apart from others is the quality of our work product as well as our track record, both in the work we take on to process and in the work we turn away. We hire and collaborate only professionals who meet these standards and share these values. This is reflected in our leadership which former general counsels of publicly-traded multinational corporations. At Pallas Consultants we will never compromise our standards or our integrity. Being the best is the reason for our continued success and remains our one and only goal.
  • Who Are Our Clients
    Whatever your business is, it’s our business to find the facts wherever they may lead. Our clients include: Private Clients High-Net-Worth Individuals and Family Offices Law Firms Corporate Organizations Financial Institutions Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies Governments and NGOs Sports Organizations and Academic Institutions How can we help you? Please contact us to find out how we can implement an investigative plan tailored to your needs.
  • Our Leadership.
    At Pallas Consultants, excellence starts with having the right people — people who are extraordinary, people with decades of experience, and people who adhere to the highest ethical standards. MEET THE LEADERSHIP TEAM Richard Axel Founder & CEO >> Diana Steen Partner & CPO >> David Walker General Counsel >> Julia Cooper Senior Investigator >>
Teamwork makes the dream work!
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