Due Diligence is the research and analysis of a company or organization done in preparation for a business transaction (such as a corporate merger or purchase of securities) making the effort of a reasonable party to avoid harm to another party or himself.
Failure to make this effort could be considered negligence and there could be potential ramifications of not hiring an expert to assist with due diligence in mind. This type of investigation is sometimes done to put your own mind at ease because you are not quite sure about what you are getting into and/or because your company could be held legally responsible should something go wrong and you did not take the time to properly research the situation.
Legal ROC Investigators due diligence investigation includes comprehensive background information about new business relationships and prospective partners in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital investments, franchises and large loan transactions. We understand the necessity of current, timely and accurate intelligence including an in-depth study of business history, resources, credentials and reputation of parties in impending transactions. Our due diligence investigation will not only protect your intellectual property but safeguard your company’s reputation as well. Find those hidden skeletons and confirm all material have been provided by the parties before putting your business assets and reputation on the line.
Due diligence investigations include various investigative techniques. As with all our investigations, our Investigators will customize a plan that best fits your company’s needs. Our due diligence investigations are discreet and we work hard to make sure your business objectives are met.
Below are just a few of the many reasons a due diligence investigation should begin:
- Professional History – Falsified Education Credentials or Work History
- Litigation History – Prior and Pending Lawsuits in which the company has been involved
- Current and Previously Owned Businesses – Look for any potential conflicts, competition and/or how businesses were bought and sold
- Transparency – Make sure the company is not just a storefront but actually has the substance it claims
- Personal History – Multiple divorce filings with allegations of personal misconduct, Criminal Conduct
- Prior Bad Business Transactions – Whether with clients or vendors, it is important to know the reputation the company has in the business community
- Employee Interviews – High turnover, Disgruntle employees
- Records Check – Bankruptcy, Government Documents filed timely, Licenses active, etc.
- Evaluation of Assets – Verify the company owns the property or other assets offered in the transaction including the money in which the transaction is based upon
- Verification that the transaction complies with investment or acquisition criteria
Investigative due diligence can help you minimize the risk of potentially bad investments, costly mistakes or angry investors by identifying hidden interests, personal issues or past professional red flags.