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Business Background Investigations
Are you purchasing a business? Considering a merger? Planning to make a major investment in a business? Involved in litigation with another company? If so, a comprehensive business background investigation by Certified Investigators and Certified Fraud Examiners experienced in these matters is what you need.
What is a Business Background Investigation?
A business background investigation involves a comprehensive, in-depth examination of the background of a business and the principals who run them.
It may also includes a review of relevant operational documentation (i.e.. regulatory documentation, licensing etc), verification of contracts, interviews with current and former employees, identification of suppliers and vendors, verification of asset ownership and receivables, employee screening, site inspections and interviews.
When to Conduct a Business Background Investigation?
A business background investigation should be conducted prior to the signing of major contracts, prior to initiating major transactions (such as extending credit, changing suppliers or vendors, purchasing or selling a business, mergers or acquisitions) or prior to commencing major activities or changes (such a new product release, litigation or management changes).
Due to the numerous reasons for conducting a business background investigation, this type of investigation is custom designed to meet your specific needs.
Why Conduct a Business Background Investigation?
In many ways, a business is like an individual. It has a history, a culture and it interacts with a number of other individuals and business on a daily basis. There may be many positive aspects of a company but there may also be many negative aspects that owners / sellers would rather you weren’t aware of. For example, a company may have hidden hidden liabilities, a history of illicit activities, pending litigation, labor issues, outstanding taxes, on-going Human Right Commission complaints or relationships that represent a conflict of interests.
A business background investigation can be conducted for a number of reasons but mainly, it is conducted to:
- confirm that the business is what it appears to be.
- provide an unbiased report that will give you information you need to decide a course of action if the business is not what it appears to be.
- identify key issues that may be a deal-breakers.
- develop information that may assist in valuing the company.
- develop information that may assist in negotiating a good deal.
- verify that the transaction and / or activity complies with criteria.
Is a Business Background Investigation Required for Compliance?
A business background investigation is more than just good business practice. Exercising due diligence in major transactions is in some cases a regulatory / compliance requirement and in other cases … a legal requirement that ensures “due care” has been taken to ensure that a transaction or activity is what it appears to be. Not excising due diligence is NEGLIGENCE and it can come with very serious consequences.
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