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What is Due Diligence?

Due diligence refers to many different situations involving an investigation of either a business or individual, before signing a contract and becoming legally responsible for an entity.

What is a Due Diligence Investigation?

A due diligence investigation is a type of pre-transaction or pre-employment corporate investigation that tries to uncover details of a company's management, finances, performance, mission, history, aims, suppliers, clients, industry and any other details that may affect how a company does business. Due diligence is vital before a merger, company purchase, or acquisition because it ensures that liabilities are not hidden. Due diligence ensures that there will be no unpleasant surprises down the road.

How Do I Know if I Need a Due Diligence Investigation?

If you are in any sort of business or plan to take on a high-raking position, due diligence investigations simply give you the most complete picture of a company. Thanks to the fact that due diligence investigations are so good at finding liabilities in a company, these investigations can help you negotiate a lower price in a negotiation and can help ensure that any claims made about a business are substantiated before you sign on the dotted line. Any time you link your finances or your professional well-being to a business, a thorough due diligence business investigation can help keep you safe.

What Happens During Due Diligence Investigations?

An investigator will often use forensic accounting investigations, background checks, surveillance, mystery shopping, asset searches, financial investigations and other business investigation methods to find out what is happening at a company today. In some cases, investigators will need to review public records, speak with company clients and customers, and even contact overseas offices in order to uncover the legitimacy and potential of a company. A good private investigator will explain all the facets of a business you can investigate, and will work with you to determine exactly which services and investigation you need.

Items to Investigate and Audits Practiced Involving Due Diligence

  • Company Overview (History)
  • Employees (Benefits, Personalities, Unions)
  • Financial Costs/Results (Revenue, Cost Structure, Selling Activities)
  • Intellectual Property, Assets and Facilities
  • Liabilities and Equity 
  • Marketing Audits
  • Information Systems Audits
  • Compatibility Audits
  • Materials Management (Inventory)
  • Production and Reconciliation Audits

What are the advantages and disadvantages of due diligence inquiries?

Advantages

  • Can collect current information to make good business and financial decisions.
  • Can avoid costly mistakes.
  • Can avoid future law suits from bad partnerships.
  • Help you get proof to better negotiate terms for future acquisitions.
  • Allows you to evaluate the amount of risk involved.
  • Gives insight to the overall state of an organizations health and stability.

Disadvantages

  • Company disapproval and/or resentment if irregular business practices are found.

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