M&A due diligence – Buyers should exercise caution when relying on financial statements
Abstract: Comprehensive due diligence is an essential part of acquiring a business. But it can be a daunting task — especially for inexperienced buyers. This article explains how financial professionals can help evaluate historical and prospective financial statements, identify potential hidden liabilities and misrepresentations, and prepare independent forecasts and projections. This information is critical when determining the optimal offer price and deal terms.