Important Factors in Due Diligence Review When Acquiring a Business

Business Mergers & Acquisitions

The purchase of an existing business requires a thorough examination of all the information related to that business entity. The goal of this process, known as “due diligence,” is to provide information about the legal and financial state of the business and to reveal potential risks that could impede the future transaction. A comprehensive due diligence review typically warrants the advice of various professionals, including accountants and attorneys, who guide purchasers in the following areas: Financial status. Financial documents, including balance sheets, audited financial statements, income statements, accounts payable and receivable, and tax returns for the past three years should... READ MORE

The purchase of an existing business carries risks if key procedures are not properly executed. There are several steps to purchasing a business, including researching the type of business to purchase, deciding on the terms of the transaction and drafting legal documentation. Below is a general summary of the most important actions to be undertaken by a purchaser in acquiring a business. Determine the structure and scope of the purchase. Once the purchaser has identified the type, size and location of the business he or she wishes to purchase, the purchaser must determine what specifically is being purchased. Some business... READ MORE