Due diligence might possibly be the two most boring words in legal jargon. In plain English, this is the process where a potential buyer or investor evaluates a business to decide if a deal makes sense.
This step is essential when you’re looking to buy, sell, or invite investment into your business.
In this episode, I talk about what to expect during due diligence, and how you can prepare:
- Who pays for due diligence? (and why you might want to consider a good faith deposit during negotiations)
- The important reasons you should use an NDA - nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement
- The different types of documents you’ll be asked to provide
- Why you might be required to produce your tax returns or bank statements and other financial records
- Why you need to make sure that contracts with your key business relationships are in order
- How protecting your intellectual property now could mean a bigger profit if you decide to sell down the road
Key takeaway: Not having your legal house in order can kill a buy/sell or investment deal in an instant. Preparing for due diligence with a trusted attorney and tax advisor can help ensure a successful transaction or agreement.
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