Assuming the role of an investor or buyer in an acquisition, merger or investment deal involves lengthy reviews and examining a lot of documents. This can be a time-consuming process, especially when parties are examining an extensive amount of information in a variety of areas of due diligence such as financial, human capital, asset, intellectual property, and tax. To avoid confusion and decrease the chance of missing important items, it is crucial to create a comprehensive list of all materials that need to be requested during the review process.
A thorough due diligence checklist for businesses he said can help you discover important information, and ensure that every aspect of the review is taken care of. The human capital aspect of an audit, for instance it will look at the employees and staff of the company including their salaries and benefits. This could include the breakdown of employees according to position, and a comparison of salary to that of similar employees within their field and region. The report will also examine the policy and procedures of the company regarding hiring and firing as well as employee remuneration, incentives and bonuses as well as sick and vacation leave and any contracts and the severance package.
Many of these due diligence areas will require the input of experts and external consultants. It is a good idea to establish a timeframe to complete the review and establish clear guidelines to avoid delays, miscommunications and duplicate work. Using a CRM like DealRoom can help speed up the process through providing a central repository for all documents, communications, and tasks to be tracked.