Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions

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Online Course on Due Diligence and Acquisitions

Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions Online CPD Training Course

Buying and selling a business can be a very risky step to undertake, with over half of all transactions failing. Carrying out proper due diligence is the most effective way to reduce that risk and to improve your chances of a successful transaction.

Due diligence should help businesses add value to their new acquisitions. As well as simply checking things out it should be structured to help businesses make better development decisions.

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Often thought of as boring, expensive and time consuming, due diligence gives answers to crucial questions. How can you be sure you are buying the company you think you are? How do you avoid unexpected costs and nasty surprises? How do you negotiate the best deal? Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions will help newcomers quickly get to grips with this complex area, learning what to look out for and what to avoid.

Despite being one of the most important steps of the process of acquisition, due diligence is frequently misunderstood and mishandled. This course aims to change that.

Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions enables learners to


  • Master the practical aspects of due diligence, including how to best out of the
    process through planning and selecting the right advisers
  • Recognise the importance of integration, how to avoid common pitfalls and the
    subsequent failure of acquisitions
  • Identify and quantify potential problems and liabilities
  • Understand potential problems with cross-border due diligence and create a strategy to cope with these


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Learning outcomes of Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions


  • Why due diligence?
  • What is due diligence and how is it useful?
  • What is valuation?
  • How do due diligence and valuation interlink?

Due dilligence - why

Structuring and managing due diligence

  • When do you do due diligence?
  • What are you looking for?
  • What is cross border due diligence?
  • How do you plan due diligence?
  • How do you deal with issues and obstacles?
  • Who can help you?

Due dilligence - structuring & managing

Due diligence disciplines

  • What is financial due diligence?
  • What is legal due diligence?
  • What is commercial due diligence?
  • Are there any other due diligence disciplines?
  • What are the common pitfalls?
  • How can you use due diligence to plan for the integration of the business?

Due dilligence - disciplines

Sellers of businesses

  • What can sellers expect from the process?
  • What are potential purchasers looking for?
  • What are the differences between trade and private equity buyers?
  • What are data rooms?
  • How do you balance confidentiality with the need to sell the business?

Due dilligence - sellers of business

Target audience for Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions

Accounting and finance professionals in practice and in industry.

About the Author of Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions

Peter Howson
Peter Howson is a director of AMR International, London’s leading independent provider of commercial due diligence. He has so far worked on over 200 due diligence assignments.

In addition he has over 25 years of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and business development experience gained both in industry and as an adviser.

Prior to joining AMR in 1998, Peter worked at United Engineering Steels (a joint venture between British Steel and GKN), TI Group, T&N and spent three years in corporate finance at Barings.

At TI Group he worked in its Spanish joint venture with the Japanese company Kayaba and subsequently on 70 transactions, which transformed TI from a UK based supplier of commodity products to a global manufacturer of niche engineering products.

At Barings he was a member of the Corporate Finance team concentrating on manufacturing industry.

Peter has a degree in Economics, is a CIMA qualified accountant and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School. He has written three M&A and due diligence related books:
• Due Diligence: The Critical Stage in Acquisitions and Mergers, published by Gower April 2003
• Acquisition Essentials: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smarter M&A Deals (with Denzil Rankine), published by FT/Prentice Hall October 2005
• Commercial Due Diligence: The Key to Understanding Value in an Acquisition, published by Gower May 2006

Flexible learning

Learners take their own route through the topics covered in the course. They will learn at their own pace through a variety of activities designed to accommodate a range of learning styles.

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