Investigative Due Diligence
Exposing hidden risk, delivering business intelligence and supporting confident decisions.
Investigative due diligence is an essential service for organizations and investors concerned about the unknown dimensions of a potential acquisition, investment or business relationship. Whether an organization or investor is involved in a merger or acquisition or entering into a significant relationship with a customer or vendor, conducting proactive due diligence on the individuals or entities with which they do business can help expose and mitigate hidden risks.
Our Investigative Due Diligence Services
We assist fund of funds, financial institutions, private equity firms, hedge funds, institutional investors, high- net worth individual investors and their legal counsel in identifying and avoiding risks by exposing the concealed elements of prospective transactions and relationships.
We offer clients high-level professional advice—unlike the routine background screens or reports of raw data available elsewhere. Our comprehensive approach to investigative due diligence leverages the extensive experience and varied backgrounds of our professionals. Our professionals determine the necessary scope of our due diligence research and provide clients with the most meaningful information available, alerting clients to risks, disclosure issues and potential negotiation points.
Due Diligence Investigations: Approach & Methodology
Our professionals verify the information we receive pursuant to an investigation, and evaluate that information for accuracy as well as to identify errors, omissions or misrepresentations. Working with our clients, we employ a variety of techniques that include communicating with third parties and conducting interviews. Our skilled professionals have significant experience conducting corporate and private investigations, and draw upon former backgrounds in federal law enforcement to effectively conduct field interviews and discussions with appropriate individuals.
We access and review public information as well as large-scale databases for property ownership, investments, and other information in order to create a comprehensive background on a subject. Our team evaluates the information produced by our research to detect anomalies or inconsistencies, recognize patterns of corporate or individual behavior, identify risk-relevant issues, and determine whether additional research is warranted. Communication is key. We regularly communicate investigative results with our clients and advise on risks, potential mitigation and other meaningful information that can assist our clients in making informed decisions about prospective business relationships.
- Undisclosed related-party transactions
- Misrepresentations or omissions
- Unreported financial difficulties
- Illegal or unethical business practices
- Troubled transactional history
- Undisclosed legal proceedings
- Questionable associations or relationships
- Criminal or regulatory actions
- Trade with controversial entities or embargoed countries
- Deficient director independence or corporate governance
- Financial reporting issues
BDO Consulting provides financial due diligence and transaction support services to buyers, lenders and sellers in a variety of transactional situations. We assist strategic and financial buyers focused on historic and projected financial performance, developing a more complete picture of the financial realities of a target business by reviewing the quality of earnings, conducting integration assessments and assessing the purchase price. Our professionals assess the earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) used for pricing purposes, and identify the risks related to corporate governance, financial reporting and the accounting environment.