About Us


CBI was founded in 1999 in Taipei, Taiwan, by our current General Manager, Kevyn Kennedy. After growing demand from clients, we opened our head office in Shanghai to manage increasing Mainland China projects. In order to provide further services and client interface, we established further offices in Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

Originally focusing on business intelligence and intellectual property issues, we developed our in-depth experience into a full host of operational risk services. We have a team of dedicated, experienced investigators stationed all over the region, and pride ourselves on excellent on-the-ground projects.

Originally founded as China Business Intelligence, CBI expanded to Hong Kong, operating as Corporate Risks and Intelligence (CRI) in order to better reflect our expanding regional presence and service areas.

Key People:

Kevyn Kennedy – Managing Director – Shanghai Office

Kevyn has over twenty years experience conducting and managing commercial inquiries throughout Greater China. Prior to founding China Business Intelligence in Taiwan in 1999, Kevyn worked as an investigator for the International Federation of Spirits Producers, and managed the IP Division of Pinkerton Consulting and Investigations in Taiwan. Kevyn has been an active member of multiple anti-counterfeiting and business intelligence organizations. A U.S. Navy veteran with journalistic experience, Kevyn speaks English and Mandarin Chinese.


Ben Ye – South China Operations Director – Guangzhou Office

Ben manages our operations in the Pearl River Delta and Southern China. Ben has worked as an investigator for both Pinkerton Consulting and Investigations and Wan Hui Da Intellectual Property. He has over fifteen years of experience in IP enforcement and anti-counterfeiting throughout Greater China, and has managed a wide range of commercial inquiries for both domestic and international companies. Ben is a native of Guangdong Province and his extensive experience operating in that region is a major asset to our clients. Ben speaks Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese and basic English.


Peter Pan – North China Operations Director – Shanghai Office

Peter has been our North China operations manager since we opened our first office in mainland China. He has rich and varied investigative experience, having previously worked for Pinkerton Consulting and an international law firm. With over fifteen years of experience in the consulting industry, Peter specializes in handling complex legal investigations and collecting actionable intelligence. He has helped multinationals to infiltrate and disrupt large criminal organizations. Peter speaks Mandarin Chinese and Shanghainese.