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Due Diligence Investigations

What is due diligence?

Due diligence is the comprehensive analysis of either a person or a business to establish their credibility during a legal transaction.

What is a due diligence investigation?

A due diligence investigation is the examination of a company’s management, finances, performance, mission, history, aims, clients, and anything else that details how a business functions. It is vital to conduct a due diligence investigation before a merger, company purchase, or acquisition because it reveals hidden liabilities.

How do I know if I need a due diligence investigation?

If you run a business or plan on taking a high-ranking position, due diligence investigations give you a complete picture of a company. Depending on what they find, investigators can justify negotiating a lower price and ensure all claims by a company are substantiated. If you are investing your money in a business transaction, a due diligence investigation can help you make an informed decision.

What is the due diligence process?

An investigator will often use forensic accounting investigations, background checks, surveillance, mystery shopping, asset searches, financial investigations, and other corporate investigation methods to find out how a company functions. In some cases, investigators will need to review public records, speak with company clients and customers, and contact overseas offices to uncover the legitimacy and potential of a company. A good private investigator will work with you to determine which methods your particular investigation needs.

Information an investigator looks at:

  • 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

Can I conduct due diligence on my own?

Yes, but it wouldn’t be very effective. Not only are private investigators experienced and know exactly what information they’re looking for, they also can obtain evidence legally and have access to resources that aren’t available to the public. An investigator will be able to get you accurate information in a timely manner so you can dedicate your time to other aspects of the transaction.

Types of Due Diligence:

Legal: This aspect deals with the intellectual property of the company in question. It involves contract, loans, property, employment, and pending litigations.

Financial: Financial due diligence verifies a company’s finances. It looks at things like earnings, assets, liabilities, cash flow, debt, and management.

Commercial: Commercial due diligence brings into consideration the current market. This includes conversations with customers, competitor assessment, and any business plans in place.

Other: External types of due diligence include taxation, pensions, human resources, and IT systems.

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