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Due diligence is a critical process for any investment decision, whether an acquisition, a merger, or a joint venture. At its core, due diligence is a risk management exercise. It aims to uncover potential threats and undisclosed details relating to a transaction, thus ensuring that it is made at the right price, for the right motives and synergies.

At The Seven Wise Men, we take an independent, objective, and fact-based approach in our due diligence process. We place a great emphasis on understanding how the target entity creates value, as we approach due diligence from a value investing perspective.

We validate and evaluate markets, plans, people, technologies, and processes. We audit financials to identify the real assets that create value and cash flows. We drill down on the potential synergies resulting from the deal and evaluate their likely impact and contributions.

We combine detailed fieldwork with sophisticated analytical tools to arrive at solid conclusions and help our clients make informed decisions in line with their investment strategies.

When we carry out due diligence, these are the top priorities on our minds:

  • Is the counterparty making accurate claims?
  • Is the use of the funds realistic?
  • Are there any legal red flags?
  • Which risks should be carefully monitored?
  • What clarifications are required from the counterparty?
  • Do the assumptions and business case stack up?
  • Are there any human resource issues or risks?
  • Are there discrepancies in the financials?

Why the Seven Wise Men?

– Acquire profitable new assets– Make investments that have strategic value
– Form alliances and coalitions– Boost your brand’s equity
– Maintain high reputation and goodwill– Eliminate litigation risks
– Enhance readiness and resilience in case of a possible crisis – Assess uncertainty, risk, and vulnerability accurately
– Prevent possible poor investments decisions– Develop a containment strategy in case of crisis

Going Beyond The Financial Analysis

– Tracking the smallest detail for weeks is worth it.– Securing one more interview is worth it.
– Listening to the faintest whispers is worth it.– Poring over thousands of documents is worth it.
– Investigating the subtlest gesture is worth it.– Triple- checking sources is worth it.
– Validating conclusions from multiple angles is worth it.

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