Uncover critical information in advance of investments, partnership opportunities, dispute negotiations or employment offers.
Effective negotiations depend upon accurate information – as does any major decision involving strategic risk to the corporation. Hillard Heintze investigators and research analysts specialize in transactional and corporate due diligence services in the U.S. and around the world.
We serve as trusted advisors to the legal, financial and compliance teams charged with formalizing and assessing major transactions and strategic business relationships, and navigating corporate disputes. A Hillard Heintze due diligence investigation provides intelligence and insight in support of mergers and acquisitions, partnership opportunities, executive hires, board appointments, reputational profiling and market entry.
Transactional Due Diligence
Analysis of acquisition targets as well as business partners, executive hires, and board appointments. Identification of areas such as FCPA issues, history of civil disputes, criminal records, corruption, questionable corporate governance, regulatory violations, bankruptcies or claims by vendors and creditors. Support to legal, financial, compliance and valuation experts on merger and acquisition teams in identifying and assessing potential risk prior to a transaction.
Reputational Profiling for Executive and Board Candidates
Discreet interviews with former employers, customers, competitors, suppliers, journalists, industry insiders, colleagues, and relatives to determine the subject's personal and professional background, reputation within the industry and any political connections. The reputational profile attempts to uncover any conflicting perceptions of the subject and any negative information that may prove valuable to the client.
Corporate Due Diligence: Disputes, Takeover Bids and Proxy Fights
Research, due diligence, and investigative support to organizations and counsel engaged in complex corporate disputes. These include, for example, hostile takeover bids, proxy battles, and investigations into activist shareholders, agitators, and other counterparties. Includes targeted electronic discovery and data harvesting, investigative due diligence and commercial damage assessments.
Market Entry Research and Due Diligence
Market entry due diligence investigations, coupled with research services, form supporting analysis of market entry options. Includes defining the competitive environment, vetting potential partners and analyzing factors ranging from political, economic and social risk to operational challenges inherent in emerging markets and new business environments.