Investigative Due Diligence Services

Global Risk & Investigations Practice (GRIP)

January 5, 2015

In a global business environment, the need to know your partner is more vital than ever. Investigative Due Diligence (IVDD) is a must in any major transaction. Essentially it identifies “off-balance sheet risk” or other business risks that are not visible or obvious from financial or legal reviews.

IVDD focuses on key people and the entities involved in a given transaction or joint venture, their background, reputation, track record and litigation history.

Whether your potential business partner is a listed company, private firm, government entity or entrepreneur, inquiries need to be conducted to gain a deeper insight into possible risks. Our clients require a level of comfort to support strategic decisions. Issues such as the target’s reputation, history, business ethics, and individual officers’ integrity, business acumen and their real influence in their local environments can be key to a successful deal. Identifying potential issues from the past, criminal issues, indebtedness, and regulatory or environmental breaches is crucial. Equally important are any bribery-related considerations or potential money laundering exposure. Negative information acquired through the IVDD process need not be a deal killer. Such information often offers opportunities for deals to be negotiated on better terms and structured to mitigate the identified risks. IVDD in particularly cost effective when undertaken in the early stages of a project, as it can identify issues before a commitment to invest considerable financial expenditure and management resources is made.

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