Transaction Forensics

The Transaction Forensics team assists organizations and legal counsel in identifying and mitigating financial, operational and reputational risks inherent to mergers and acquisition transactions.

What EY can do for you

Throughout the M&A lifecycle, EY teams help organizations and their advisers navigate the risk and opportunities inherent to M&A transactions. Pre-transaction, EY teams deliver value by analyzing key financial transaction drivers in sales and purchase agreement (SPA), in the meantime mitigating potential reputation and regulatory challenges from prior business conduct. Post-transaction, EY teams help companies with identifying, mitigating and resolving disputed financial items, and with ensuring a stable ongoing compliance environment.

Pre-transaction services

Successful transactions rely on well-prepared sellers and diligent buyers. Before closing any deal, both parties need to analyze a range of risks to reduce 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. Whichever side of a transaction we support you on, EY professionals help you mitigate these risks during the drafting and before signing to help protect and provide transaction value.

Post-transaction services

Experienced market participants know that having completed the deal is less than half the challenge. Uncertainties related to valuations, working capital adjustments and earn-outs, along with increased investments in emerging markets, expose transacting parties to significant risks even after the deal is completed. Successful closing, navigating financial and operational integration and driving expected synergies all provide opportunities and risks. EY teams help you identify, respond to, and mitigate post-deal financial and compliance challenges in order to bring successful deals to fruition.

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