If a company is contemplating a merger, acquisition, joint venture or other investment, its leaders must be confident that they have a comprehensive and accurate understanding of the business and people on the other side of the transaction. Failing to identify problematic issues, attitudes or business practices could lead to financial and reputational ruin.
Guidepost Solutions provides the transparency that every company needs before committing itself to a new business relationship, through investigative research, analysis and forensic accounting to validate and expedite the transaction. Our services can be performed either with or without the knowledge of the subject party or parties and can be engaged for both friendly and contested investment transactions (such as proxy battles, or disputes with activist investors).
We take a multi-disciplinary approach to due diligence. Our researchers, investigators, and attorneys collect and analyze information on management teams, individual and company relationships, contracts, operations and market position, while our forensic accountants examine financials to find any red flags, gross misstatements or concerning trends.
Our professionals cross-reference their findings with each other, to ensure that no stone goes unturned and to provide an objective, 360-degree view of any proposed transaction.
We believe that sound due diligence is especially critical in today’s investment environment. The rapid increase in regulatory requirements and liabilities, balance sheet complexity, employee turnover, economic malaise and the internationalization of business have led to increased levels of opacity, minimal disclosures and outright fraud among companies and financial advisors, as witnessed in the spate of prominent scandals that have cost investors billions.