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Assuming the role of an buyer or investor in a merger, acquisition or investment transaction requires thorough reviews and scrutinizing a variety of documents. It can be quite time-consuming particularly when the parties are reviewing a large amount of information across a variety of areas of due diligence such as financial, human capital, asset, intellectual property and tax. To avoid confusion and reduce the chance of missing important items, it is crucial to compile a complete list of all documents which must be requested during the review process.

A thorough due diligence checklist for business will help you to identify crucial information, and make sure every aspect of the review is taken care of. For example, the human capital element of a review will take a look at the employees and employees, their salaries and benefits. This could include a breakdown of salaries by employee’s position and a comparison of the salaries of individuals in similar roles within their field or region. It also will look into the company’s policies and procedures regarding hiring and firing, employee remuneration and incentives as well as sick and vacation leave as well as any contracts and severance packages.

Many of these due diligence areas will require involvement of experts and external consultants. To avoid delays, confusion and duplication of work, it’s a good thing to set an end date for the review. A CRM such as DealRoom can help in making this process more efficient, by providing a central place to manage all documents, communications and tasks.

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