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M&A Planning: Buy-Side Due Diligence

  Arthur F. Rothberg, Managing Director, CFO Edge, LLC  
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The acquisition of a company or division can bring many benefits as well as potential downsides. For a company interested in M&A activity from the buy side, it is critically important for the acquirer or investor to conduct an extensive due diligence process prior to the acquisition so that they can be satisfied that they have covered all bases to the greatest extent possible.

This article looks at merger and acquisition planning from the buy side and addresses the due diligence process: what it is, how it works, what the risks of integration are, and off-the-beaten-track sources for additional information.

The review includes the composition of a due diligence team, the role of the checklist, and how the potential acquisition of a private company can be more challenging. Included is a description of the integration risk posed by the clashing of two corporate cultures.

A comprehensive buy-side due diligence process requires a significant investment in time, as well as in internal and external resources. Los Angeles executives seeking expertise for a buy-side due diligence team may want to consider talking with a provider of outsource CFO services with direct experience in the acquisition process.

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