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Due Diligence


Whether Buying or Selling, Due Diligence is the key way businesses investigate a target company to determine whether to acquire it or not.  The Business Valuation also needs to be right - see our page on Business Valuation methods.  Here are the different types of Due Diligence:

Commercial due diligence - typically review of the business to identify the key profit drivers and the risks to them.  This might be through a detailed report or detailed financial modelling of the target.

Financial - more traditional review of both Balance Sheet accuracy, together with review of forward forecasts.

Legal - mainly done by Corporate lawyers this involves the review of contracts, terms & conditions and other key commercial arrangements.

Property - Review of property including condition, title and planning consents.

Environmental - review of environmental aspects for example possible pollution.  Often considered with manufacturing or processing businesses


Pension - If the target company has a final salary pension scheme this will need specific Pension Scheme due diligence review for adequacy of funding.

If you are thinking about:

Selling your Business: get ahead of the game by using our Strategic Exit Review

Buying a Business: do better deals by using our Commercial Due Diligence

vfdnet part time Finance Directors have strong experience of preparing companies for Sale and acquisitions - see our transactions. Contact us to discuss your needs.



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