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Due Diligence

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

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With The Increasing Complexity Of Due Diligence Investigations, How Do You Know You Won't Miss Something?

Proper due diligence is an integral part of any successful commercial transaction. And as the size, pace and complexity of today's deals escalate, so does the potential for error - error that can turn an otherwise profitable deal into a disaster.

It starts with the oversight of a critical, but unappreciated, step in the due diligence process. All too quickly can this oversight lead to a diminution in the deal's value, irate clients, even a terminated transaction - and possibly a messy lawsuit.

Are you up-to-speed on the best ways to avoid these consequences? Are you confident of your ability to identify the potential liabilities in a transaction? Which documents are you legally entitled to review? And how do you know when to walk away from the deal?

The Canadian Institute has developed this comprehensive advanced publication so you can ensure you don't miss a step when conducting your next due diligence investigation. Get the practical insights, information and strategies you need from leading experts. Topics will include:

  • Why proper due diligence is key
  • What lawyers, accountants, underwriters and directors need to do in a commercial transaction… and what happens if they don't
  • IT, IP and privacy issues you need to consider before closing the deal
  • How to properly review financial statements and tax documents
  • Investigating the vendor's potential liabilities as they relate to labour, employment, pensions and the environment
  • Evolving responsibilities in securities due diligence
  • Using your findings to better the deal

Contents & Contributors

About

With The Increasing Complexity Of Due Diligence Investigations, How Do You Know You Won't Miss Something?

Proper due diligence is an integral part of any successful commercial transaction. And as the size, pace and complexity of today's deals escalate, so does the potential for error - error that can turn an otherwise profitable deal into a disaster.

It starts with the oversight of a critical, but unappreciated, step in the due diligence process. All too quickly can this oversight lead to a diminution in the deal's value, irate clients, even a terminated transaction - and possibly a messy lawsuit.

Are you up-to-speed on the best ways to avoid these consequences? Are you confident of your ability to identify the potential liabilities in a transaction? Which documents are you legally entitled to review? And how do you know when to walk away from the deal?

The Canadian Institute has developed this comprehensive advanced publication so you can ensure you don't miss a step when conducting your next due diligence investigation. Get the practical insights, information and strategies you need from leading experts. Topics will include:

  • Why proper due diligence is key
  • What lawyers, accountants, underwriters and directors need to do in a commercial transaction… and what happens if they don't
  • IT, IP and privacy issues you need to consider before closing the deal
  • How to properly review financial statements and tax documents
  • Investigating the vendor's potential liabilities as they relate to labour, employment, pensions and the environment
  • Evolving responsibilities in securities due diligence
  • Using your findings to better the deal

Contents & Contributors

SETTING THE STAGE FOR EXECUTING EFFECTIVE DUE DILIGENCE: WHY IT IS SO CRITICAL
Karrin Powys-Lybbe, Torys LLP
Tanya Baytor, Torys LLP

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DUE DILIGENCE
Noel Courage, Bereskin & Parr

PRIVACY ISSUES IN M&A TRANSACTIONS
Adam Vereshack, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

THE LATEST WORD ON FINANCIAL DUE DILIGENCE
Rohit Prajapati, Ernst & Young LLP

TAX DUE DILIGENCE
Peter J. Dale, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

THWARTING THE VENDOR WHO MANIPULATES DATA: A KEY UPDATE ON FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS
James Hunter, KPMG Forensic

DUE DILIGENCE IN THE PUBLIC MARKET: WHAT'S THE SCOPE OF CONTINUOUS DISCLOSURE NOW?
Robert W.A. Nicholls, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Dee Rajpal, Stikeman Elliott LLP

THE QUESTIONS AREN'T DIFFICULT; IT'S THE ANSWERS
Jonathan A. Levin, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

DIRECTORS' DUE DILIGENCE: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
John L. Finnigan, Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

CROSS-BORDER AND INTERNATIONAL DUE DILIGENCE IN CORPORATE TRANSACTIONS
Manny Pressman, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

THE LATEST ON LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT DUE DILIGENCE
Charles Humphrey, Stringer, Brisbin, Humphrey, Management Lawyers

THE ESSENTIALS OF PENSION DUE DILIGENCE
Jeffrey P. Sommers, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

ENVIRONMENTAL DUE DILIGENCE IN TRANSACTIONS
Dr. Dianne Saxe, Saxe Law Office

HANDLING THE PURCHASE OF REAL PROPERTY AS PART OF THE DEAL
Murray B. Shopiro, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP