Traditional commercial due diligence looks at an entity’s projected performance in the context of the market and competitive landscape. In some opaque business sectors or in emerging or frontier markets where reliable information may be scarce Aratus will combine commercial due diligence with political risk assessment and reputational risk assessment to offer a unique integrated approach to Commercial Due Diligence.
This integrated approach merges Commercial Due Diligence with methodologies that reveal undisclosed liabilities, such as any history of corruption and bribery, the reputation of the company and its principals, the relationship and influence of political ties and auditors etc. This provides an accurate and true assessment of projected future income streams.
Often, our assignments will discover highly relevant, actionable information, including facts that demonstrate the opponents’ impact on shareholders, track record of value creation or destruction as well as criminal convictions, regulatory violations, false claims of employment and academic degrees, intentional omissions of adverse employment histories, significant judgments, undisclosed litigation, business associations, conflicts of interest and shareholder agreements.
We also advise clients on defensive measures to fend off opponents’ investigative strategies.