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'Due diligence' is a major part of mergers and acquisitions


Louisiana business owners are right to be proud when their companies grow, establish reliable streams of revenue and maintain profitability. There is no doubt that owning or running a company and accomplishing these goals is hard work, so those who reach that level of success should be applauded. However, some business owners who reach these goals may be thinking, "What's next?" For some, the next move will be to look into acquiring a new business or merging with another business.

In fact, whether it is a merger or an acquisition, expanding the scope of the services a company provides or the types of goods that are sold can be a sound strategy for moving the company to the next level of competition. However, one problem that may come up is that any type of combination of one company with another will typically involve quite a few details. This is where "due diligence" comes into play.

Due diligence is a term that encompasses a range of duties to perform and tasks to complete. For a company that has investors backing it, the officers running the company are expected to do their due diligence on potential mergers and acquisitions by investigating the financial health of target companies and evaluating the talent of the employees who may be joining the combined company, among a host of other tasks.

Another part of due diligence is to inspect and negotiate every aspect of an expected deal. Are there ways the merger can be improved? Is the acquisition price fair? Business owners may not be thinking about all of the various questions that need to be addressed in a potential merger or acquisition, which is why it can be beneficial to get more information about the legal aspects of these complex business transactions before proceeding.

Source: businessdictionary.com, "due diligence," accessed April 2, 2016

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