We understand that investing in a business, either by way of outright acquisition or by becoming one of a number of shareholders, is an important decision and that there are many factors that must be considered.

The best way to minimise the risk associated with a business investment is to be in a position to make a well informed decision regarding the merits and risks associated with your acquisition target.

The professionals at William Buck provide due diligence services which will assist you in making such a decision.

Due diligence provides you with a detailed insight into your acquisition target. The process involves conducting an investigation into the commercial, financial and taxation affairs of the target.

The scope of a due diligence engagement can be tailored so that it focuses on the areas which are identified as being of primary importance to you. Typically, due diligence engagements involve the review and verification of historical financial information, the review of taxation affairs, the identification and analysis of trends, the review of forecast financial information, the review of commercial factors (such as the quality of customers, products and assets) and the review of information systems and internal processes.

We believe that adding value through a due diligence review starts with understanding the reasons why you are seeking to make the acquisition or investment, and continues through to the careful design of the due diligence procedures and the presentation of the findings in a detailed written report. We ensure that this report is comprehensive and easy to read, with any identified risks being clearly brought to your attention.

The information gathered as part of our due diligence process will increase your knowledge of the business in which you are about to invest and will allow you to make your decision with confidence.

How William Buck can help

Our corporate advisory team has extensive experience in conducting due diligence assignments, having provided these services in relation to organisations in various industries and for a number of different purposes.

We understand that each acquisition target is unique and therefore take the time to understand the factors which are of primary importance. This enables us to tailor our due diligence procedures to meet the specific requirements of any given assignment.

The due diligence services provided include the following:

  • Buy-side and sell-side financial due diligence
  • Buy-side and sell-side taxation due diligence
  • Pre-lending reviews

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