Due diligence is the care a reasonable person should take before entering into a transaction or agreement with someone they don’t know. However, when that transaction is for large amounts of money, and could lead to the failure of an acquiring company, special care needs to be taken. Due diligence has hence come to relate to a more formal audit or investigation process for potential transactions, to confirm all material facts for the deal. These facts may relate to legal, business, financial or even information and IT issues and may impact the deal value/price or willingness to do the deal at all. In this chapter the aim is to provide sufficient background information for a full consideration ...

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