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The concept of due diligence in regards to the takeover of a company

Home > French Business Law | Published 2015-10-29

Taking over a company is not an easy task. Moreover, it is an important financial investment that implies a number of risks, some of which can run the entire process aground. This is why it is important before taking on the entire process of buying a business, to establish due diligence or an acquisition audit. For this a lawyer with expertise in business law will serve as an irreplaceable aid.

What is due diligence?

Due diligence is a necessary phase involved in the process of taking over a company, or further during any merger and acquisition process. Due diligence is generally conducted in different domains; accounting, social life, law, environment, etc.

Due diligence is interested in the past, the present, and the future of a company. In effect, it must respond to certain requirements of the buyer, ie, maximize financial or non-financial benefits, and negotiate the risks of failure. Therefore, due diligence is useful in allowing the buyer to confirm his or her decision of the sale, or in negotiating the conditions of the sale.

The importance of due diligence during the process of taking over a company

This due diligence is of great importance as it allows one to synthetically express the overall value of the target enterprise. In this way, the buyer will be able to analyze the potential of the target company while understanding the risks related in taking it over.

Thus, taking over a company brings inevitable risk, some of which can cause great detriment to the company. Due diligence allows the company to avoid a tragic end after being taken over. This being said, the acquisition audit is a complex process. Because of this, it is necessary to find people experienced in due diligence, so that the audit acquisition will be effective and useful, for example in avoiding bankruptcy or other major problems. The cooperation of lawyers involved in commercial law, employment law, and finally tax law will be necessary.

This audit will allow the buyer to better discern the risks and opportunities linked to taking over the target company. This due diligence will be performed once an agreement is signed or after the letter of intent. It will allow verification of the elements being negotiated between the parties, producing an accurate reflection of the current state of the target company.

The role of due diligence in tax matters

Successful due diligence will enable better tax optimization of the take over of the target company. Under a fiscal plan, due diligence will provide security to help avoid any risk of contention with the tax administration during tax control. Questions regarding taxes concern all companies, and so the managing these taxes is one of the primary preoccupations of any company. Our firm features a true expert in this domain as well.

Tax has an immediate impact on the activity and the survival of a business. Consequently, before the takeover of a company, the buyer should know the extended tax obligations of the target company.

The process of taking over a business cannot be improvised. Each step involves great risk. Therefore, to achieve the greatest success, it is essential to join forces with those who are experienced in business law.

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