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Due Diligence

Definitive Steps to Successful Business Combinations

Denzil Rankine, Graham Stedman, Mark Bomer

Apr 2003, Paperback, 256 pages
ISBN13: 9780273661016
ISBN10: 0273661019
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Acquisitions are one of the most powerful tools in the business armoury, but they can also be positively dangerous. Conducting thorough due diligence is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk involved in acquisition and investment, and to improve the chances of success.

Due diligence is a term traditionally used for the review process applied to an acquisition. In recent times, the practice has evolved substantially and the level of detail and analysis now possible allows companies to take better development decisions.Well conducted due diligence can help a transaction to proceed smoothly, and can even enable companies to find ways of adding value to acquisitions and other partnerships.

Any transaction is highly risky – at least 50% of acquisitions fail and numerous other partnerships end in disappointment and acrimony. Due diligence is the essential step to taking the risk out of deals and business partnerships. This book is a concise, comprehensive guide to the process, containing practical advice, accessible analysis, and case studies.

Chapter 1. Introduction

  • Why do due diligence
  • How to do due diligence
  • When to do due diligence (with chronology)
  • How it all joins up Ė project management
  • Cross border analysis
  • Role of the corporate Ė what to do in-house, when to use advisors
  • Not just for acquisition
  • Itís a tool; itís a way of thinking
    Chapter 2. Commercial Due Diligence
      • Technical focus
      • ~ 5 case studies
      • Specific cross-border complications
      • HR section
      • Checklist
      Chapter 3. Financial Due Diligence
      • Technical focus
      • ~ 5 case studies
      • Specific cross-border complications
      • To include tax and pension sections
      • checklist
      Chapter 4. Legal Due Diligence
      • Technical focus
      • ~ 5 case studies
      • Specific cross-border complications
      • To include environment and pension sections
      • Checklist
      Chapter 5. The Sellerís View
      • How to cope with due diligence as a seller
      • Disclose and help, or not
      • Further analysis, and conclusion

      Denzil Rankine is Chief Executive of AMR International, a strategy boutique specialising in acquisition-related activity.