Due diligence is a process which involves an investigative analysis of a business which can be undertaken by either the vendor of a business, or the potential purchaser. With each assignment our team undertakes, the process is tailored to suit the specific needs of our client, and can be focused on a particular area, for example, key contracts and sales pipeline, or can be all-encompassing to include for example a full analysis of financials, both historical and forecast, competition and market analysis, contract reviews and key risks and issues.
Our experienced team of accountants and corporate financiers provide due diligence and financial modelling services to a global range of corporate and private equity clients and financial institutions. Our vast experience puts us in the perfect position to advise investors on mergers and acquisitions, assessing risks and identifying synergies with existing portfolio businesses. The reports we produce are focused on aiding the client to navigate the extensive decision-making process involved when acquiring a business or other major asset, including the key parameter of price.
Acquisition due diligence provides the prospective purchaser with a full and detailed analysis of the target business and includes an assessment of the financial standing of the business, details of the key issues and risks being faced by the target, highlights the key contracts which underpin the revenue base and supply chain, and the risks associated with the transaction.
Due diligence is an integral part of the purchasing process, enabling you to validate that the information you have been provided with by the vendor is indeed a true reflection of the business. Our team can assist with the all-important question of ‘should I buy/invest in this company’ and our work will arm you with the information you need to make an educated and informed decision and to ultimately negotiate a favourable deal.
Due diligence is equally as important for the vendor as it is for the purchaser. Our vendor due diligence reports provide independent analysis and evaluation of the financial, commercial and operational health of the business giving you the information you need to maintain control over the sales process, while providing potential purchasers with the insight they need to make key decisions.
As a commercial team we recognise that before you want to commit to full acquisition due diligence, and to aid in your initial investment decision, you may want some assistance in evaluating the deal before you make your initial offer or expression of interest. Our pre deal review process involves a high-level review of the financials of the target, together with a SWOT analysis and summary of potential key risk areas and market analysis. This can be undertaken using publicly available information, supported by information from the target if available.
Our team excels in holding your hand through the often difficult and intensive contract and sale and purchase agreement negotiations. Where required, we can step in and manage this entire process, co-ordinating advisors and key stakeholders throughout the process to ensure the transaction is delivered and completed in a timely and professional manner. We can also manage and deliver the completion accounts reconciliation process and ensure that any conditions precedent/subsequent are met, ensuring a smooth end to the transaction.