Due diligence: a necessary evil or a value added exercise?

Partner, Transactions Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, discusses the importance of due diligence for start-up companies.

You have found the target now what

The initial stages of the transaction have been completed and, following a preliminary evaluation of the target, a price has been agreed in principle with the founders. However, whether or not the deal actually goes ahead and what the final price will be is subject to due diligence. You know that due diligence is usually undertaken for traditional bricks and mortar businesses but this is a start-up company and you are unsure what value a due diligence exercise will have. Equally, you have concerns that it could delay the process and may allow other investors in.

KatyBriggsHow long will it take

Traditionally, due diligence has been carried...

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