Strategy & Transaction Forensics
Our Transaction Forensics (TF) professionals assist organizations and legal counsel in identifying and mitigating financial, operational and reputational risks inherent to M&A transactions.
What EY can do for you
Our local experts possess deep experience conducting forensic due diligence pre-close in order to minimize potential loss of deal value. These risks may include fraud, bribery, corruption, restrictions on trade and export, other conflicts of interest, third-party integrity, reputation and regulatory investigations.
In addition, they offer pre-signing purchase agreement advice specific to either a buyer or seller in a transaction, that includes performing contractual language assessments focused on pricing mechanisms (e.g. working capital, locked box, earnout), financial definitions, reps and warranties, and dispute resolution clauses in the purchase agreement. They also provide tailored assistance in determining the appropriate target net working capital, taking into consideration the typical working capital or cash swings in the business such as the timing of collections of accounts receivable, cadence of accounts payable payments, etc.
TF professionals also provide post-close services to help clients mitigate significant risks and resolve disputes related to valuations, working capital adjustments, earnouts, fraud, bribery and corruption.
Some examples of the post-close services offered by TF include:
- Developing compliance programs
- Performing risk assessments
- Conducting fraud investigations
- Preparing completion accounts
- Preparing the objection notice
- Conducting a strength-of-argument analysis of the disputed items
- Preparing submissions to the neutral accountant
- Acting as the independent neutral accountant in arbitration
- Serving as an expert witness in litigation
The TF team has global capabilities and resources to address potential issues in transactions across all geographies and industries.
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