The AMA Handbook of Due Diligence

The AMA Handbook of Due Diligence

Authors: William M. Crilly, Andrew J. Sherman
Pub Date: June 2010
Print Edition: $295.00
Print ISBN: 9780814413821
Page Count: 848
Format: Hardback
Edition: Revised and Updated Edition
e-Book ISBN: 9780814413852

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What’s New In This Edition

In wake of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act enacted pursuant to the Enron scandal and subsequent events as well as the changed Mergers and Acquisitions scenario due to the credit crisis, a significant change has been witnessed in the practice of due diligence. This has necessitated addition of content in the introductory sections of the Handbook, including common due diligence problems, common mistakes made by the buyer and the art and science of due diligence that prominently reflect the practice of due diligence in current times.

Due diligence practice post Sarbanes-Oxley enactment deserves the addition of a separate section in view of some onerous disclosure requirements that are now mandatory. An additional section has been inserted providing checklists for potential acquisitions or investment in selected industries and/or businesses. Such checklists are provided with a view to educate audiences of special considerations in each of the businesses contained in that section to facilitate a unique due diligence process for each such business. Examples of such businesses include restaurant services, franchising companies, hospitals, outsourcing technical services, private equity and hedge funds and closely held businesses. With each such business, we seek to cater to a broad audience of the new series of the Handbook to give useful insights on warning signals before investing or acquiring such specific businesses.

The section on Non-M&A transactions has been added with an aim to make the new series of the Handbook comprehensive. Adequate and timely due diligence is required not just for transactions that pertain to acquisition or investment, but to joint ventures, strategic alliances, licensing technology and entering into dealership or distributorship agreements. Continuing on our intention to cater to a broad audience, the editors of the Handbook seek to leverage on their practical and legal experience in such individualized transactions and provide effective checklists to ensure that potential participants of such transactions are in safe harbor before signing on dotted lines of formal instruments.

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