Focus on fraud in M&A transactions
Abstract: Due diligence is a critical part of the merger and acquisition process — and one key area of concern is fraud risk. Financial statement manipulation can sometimes make the target appear more valuable than it really is. Likewise, weak fraud policies, internal controls and cybersecurity practices can be ticking time bombs for an unwary buyer. This article explains how a forensic accountant can help evaluate a target’s fraud risk and look for signs of earnings manipulation and other accounting irregularities.