From your experience, in what part(s) of the due diligence process is it particularly advisable for a buyer to engage an external DD advisor? Do you think the answer varies between countries or industries?
In my view some elements would be industry specific. For example, if it involves possible land contamination issues then an external DD advisor would definitely be necessary. In other respects, I think the typical parts of areas requiring external advisors would be legal and perhaps financial/tax. Even with an in-house team, my experience has been that external consultants are still employed – partly because the internal resources may be taxed for time and many not have all the expertise needed, but also unfortunately because many companies or investors need some aspect of the deal rubber stamped by a third party to reduce exposure to potential lawsuits. It of course varies also with the type and size of organization involved.
I think that the answer varies across countries and industries as it depends on the level of expertise and experience of the in-house team. I think it would be crucial to engage an external due diligence adviser to perform financial and commercial due diligence in default as an independent opinion on the financial standpoint and valuation of the target company are crucial in the acquisition exercise. Other areas could be perform by the in-house team if the team possessed sufficient expertise and experience. The size of the acquisition could be another factor as large acquisition requires additional time, effort and resources. Engaging an experienced external adviser to assist the acquirer in the acquisition process would be meaningful as it would not be efficient for the acquirer to deploy its internal resources given that a large acquisition process are time consuming in nature.
In my opinion, it depends on the size of the acquisition, the expert available on the buyer side, whether the buyer knows the way around the industry, different countries operated of the buyer and the seller, etc.
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