What are Due Diligence & Expert Reports?
Due diligence and expert reports contain reviews and analysis of various business aspects including legal, financial and operational issues. These reports assess the performance of your company and provides advice on your performance or operational issues and potential of a new product or project.
Due Diligence reports are typically prepared on a specific topic and often multiple Due Diligence reports are prepared by different advisers for the one transaction or event. Common Due Diligence reports include:
- Financial & Tax Due Diligence: Provides a detailed review of the key financial metrics of the business and identifies any potential risks and opportunities
- Legal Due Diligence: Provides an overview of the legal framework in the business and the key regulatory considerations as well as identifying any material risks within the body of legal documents available
- Commercial Due Diligence: Provides an overview of the market(s) within which the company operates, the company’s position within those markets and the risk and opportunities that exist within each. It may also include forecasts for future pricing and volumes
- Technical Due Diligence: Provides an overview of the physical assets of the business and physical locations in which the company operates (if applicable). This overview includes an assessment of the condition of those assets and their appropriateness for current and planned operations. In addition it will provide an assessment of any risks to the business that may arise in relation to the physical assets or locations. It may also include forecast operating costs and capital expenditure.
- Environmental Due Diligence: Provides an overview of the activities of the business that may be subject to environmental regulations, an overview of the relevant regulatory regimes and an assessment of any material environmental risks.
- Insurance Due Diligence: Provides an overview of the current insurance policies in place and their appropriateness having regard to the risk profile of the business. In doing so, the report will highlight any shortfalls in insurance coverage and areas where insurance costs could be reduced. This may also incorporate a forecast for insurance costs.