M&A Due Diligence
Beyond the bottom line. M&A transactions incur significantly more risks than other investments. Illegal practices, inefficient business controls and inaccurate book and records are just a few dangers that can be inherited by the purchasing company.
Companies today recognise the legal and financial analysis required prior to finalising a transaction. However, increased focus on anti-bribery and corruption laws has many companies demanding a more thorough Due Diligence service.
Ashtree’s Due Diligence services provide comprehensive analysis to identify and assess all possible risks in any major business investment. Our global reach allows us access into countries and markets that can be limited in access and information.
Ashtree thoroughly vets a target company’s C-Suite executives and key personnel to verify their identities, uncover any previous criminal history, confirm employment and education details, verify professional credentials, and conduct open web reputational research.
Using custom search strings and a database comprising over 26,000 global media sources, our analysts will screen a target company and its key executives for any negative references in the press, which may be indicative of problems down the line.
We screen target companies and their key personnel through international court databases to discover previous criminal histories or ongoing civil litigation. Our analysts consult both public records and open web court documents to verify key information, and will dispatch court runners to review physical records if necessary.
Our analysts will review commercial business databases, company reports or filings, and business registration documents to expose key information about registered agents, corporate hierarchies, and parent-subsidiary structures that may open up your organisation to increased risk.
Deep-dive research on the open web and in social media sources can give your firm the edge when vetting a potential deal. For the highest level of scrutiny, a full-scope reputational review can elucidate questionable personal or business relationships that may complicate a merger or acquisition.