At Harland, our team are equipped with the financial acumen to help you prepare for a merger or acquisition and can provide comprehensive due diligence services to help you make an informed judgment about whether or not to proceed with a purchase.
What is due diligence?
Put simply, due diligence can be a game-changer for your business if you are considering the merits of a merger, acquisition or partnership. When you ask Harland to carry out a due diligence project for you, you are in safe hands – we will provide you with everything you need to make an informed decision.
A real life success story
Harland director, Deborah Edwards, recently led the financial due diligence for Crowdfunder’s takeover of Crowd Justice, which involved a comprehensive examination of their financial information and uncovered potential risks, liabilities, and untapped opportunities. Deborah meticulously assessed their financial statements, tax records, and operational procedures and gave Crowdfunder a clear understanding of Crowd Justice’s financial health. By identifying potential issues and providing insightful analysis, Deborah’s due diligence allowed Crowdfunder to make an informed decisions, mitigate risk, and optimise the financial outcome of the bid.
Read more about Crowdfunders acquisition of CrowdJustice here.
“Completing a transaction like his whilst running a business can be hard because of time constraints. Working with Harlands has been absolutely brilliant because it allowed us to move faster and with greater confidence.” – Phil Geraghty, Director, Crowdfunder
Why you should leverage due diligence
1. Financial transparency and accuracy
When considering a significant business move, having a clear understanding of the financial health of a potential partner or acquisition target is crucial. We can conduct meticulous reviews of financial statements, uncovering hidden liabilities, assessing financial risks, and ensuring that your business makes informed decisions based on accurate financial data.
2. Legal compliance assurance
We go beyond the numbers, and will work seamlessly with you chosen legal firm. This thorough legal due diligence ensures that your business is aware of any potential legal risks associated with the transaction, minimising the chances of post-deal legal complications.
3. Data security and technology assessment
We can perform comprehensive data due diligence with advanced technological tools, which involves scrutinising the target company’s data security measures, assessing its IT infrastructure, and ensuring that your business is protected from potential cyber threats and data breaches.
4. Proactive risk management
Every business venture carries inherent risks, but with proper due diligence, these risks can be identified and managed proactively. We are able to help with risk assessments, helping your business evaluate and understand potential risks associated with a transaction. This foresight enables strategic decision-making aligned with your business’s risk tolerance and long-term objectives.
5. Enhanced negotiation power
Armed with a comprehensive due diligence report, your business gains a competitive edge in negotiations. The insights provided by us will empower you to negotiate from a position of strength, whether it involves adjusting the deal structure, valuations, or other terms. This strategic advantage can significantly impact the overall success of the transaction.
Engaging with us for our due diligence services goes beyond traditional financial assessments. It’s a strategic investment that empowers your business with a 360-degree view of potential ventures, fostering informed decision-making, minimising risks, and ensuring a smoother path towards success.
If you are considering a merger, acquisition or partnership, get in touch to find out how we can help make the process as smooth and as successful as possible.