Due Diligence serves to confirm all material facts in regards to a transaction or partnership. Due diligence is essentially a way of preventing unnecessary harm to your client or your corporation when involved in a transaction. By looking at the other party’s past performance you are able to estimate future performance and assess risk associated with the transaction or business endeavor.
Ideally, our due diligence investigation will be conducted at the instruction of, and in concert with corporate legal counsel. Due Diligence is not limited to, but may include investigation and\or review of:
- The structure of the corporation and it’s standing with governmental authorities
- Corporate & Fictitious Business filings and verification of a certificate of good standing from the Secretary of State
- Necessary licenses and permits
- Corporate public filings
- Officers and principal shareholders
- Financial status and financial history
- The company’s physical assets
- The company’s real estate holdings
- The company’s intellectual property, including any patents, copyrights, trademarks
- Employee and labor agreements and\or disputes
- Environmental Issues, including any hazardous material operations, disposal sites, disposal methods, and any contamination issues, lawsuits, or liabilities
- Federal, State, Local, and foreign income tax returns
- Available SEC filings and documents
- Any existing audit reports
- Tax Liens
- Pending or prior litigation
- Liens and Judgments
- Insurance policies and anticipated claims
- Media including newspaper articles and press releases
Rest assured the other side will do their job. Make sure you do your due diligence. Download due diligence checklist here.
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