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Business opportunities and business risks are often inextricably linked. Institutions face escalating regulatory and compliance requirements that mandate appropriate screening and due diligence of customers, partners and vendors. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act (UKBA) govern companies operating in jurisdictions that lack transparency. In this regard Aratus provides comprehensive due diligence support to corporate entities and investors prior to acquisitions, joint ventures, mergers, key hires, and other transactions.
Our Due Diligence solutions range from red flag screening through to the most complex investigative due diligence assignments.
Furthermore, our Due Diligence services are tailored to our clients’ needs. We discuss with the client what information is most important for the assignment prior to engaging on the task.
Traditional Due Diligence in developed markets is often completed with a focus on risk and less emphasis on transaction intelligence. Gaining accurate, current and direct insight into key reputational, commercial and operational issues is critical. In developing jurisdictions, such as those found in Latin America, the traditional automated Due Diligence approach is insufficient as databases and government repositories are often not mature or complete enough to satisfy the requirement.
Aratus focuses on reputational and third party risks that exist with suppliers, distributors, auditors, politically exposed persons lobbying for the business and many other entities.
In analysing the risks associated with these upstream entities, discreet consultations with carefully selected and well-placed human sources gives Aratus the ability to analyse and stress test the information gathered against a backdrop of publicly available information and regulatory frameworks.
We offer two types of tailored Due Diligence services:
A Level One or Red Flag service – gathering of public information domestically and/or abroad and analysis of the raw data with recommendations.
A Level Two service – gathering of public information domestically and/or abroad and analysis of the raw data with recommendations plus non-public information obtained via discreet contact with human sources.
Deliverables will be discussed and agreed with a client before commencing any assignment.
Typically, our Due Diligence services include, but are not limited to:
During this process, we can also identify and locate critical documents and potential interviewees that make it possible to verify assertions concerning employment, education, net worth, financial leverage, and business reputation and practices.
Investigative Due Diligence
Our Investigative Due Diligence services are bespoke designed to offer the most comprehensive service.