The huge growth in mergers and acquisitions means that typically 1 in 7 senior managers will find themselves involved in an acquisition. Dealing with such a complex and high-risk enterprise can be daunting for the inexperienced. Effective financial due diligence is crucial to success. This briefing equips you with the knowledge you need to successfully oversee the financial due diligence process. It provides a comprehensive overview of financial due diligence and how it fits into the wider acquisition process.
Stephen Bourne is the London lead partner at BDO Stoy Hayward Corporate Finance. Stephen studied English Literature at Reading University before joining Pannell Kerr Forster in 1978. In 1983, two years after qualifying as a chartered accountant, he transferred to the corporate finance department, becoming a partner in 1988. He subsequently became National Director of Corporate Finance before leaving to join BDO Stoy Hayward in 1997. He was appointed lead corporate finance partner in 1998 and sits on BDO's national and international corporate finance committees. Stephen has advised a wide range of public and private companies on over 200 UK and international acquisitions over the last 16 years. While at PKF he developed a comprehensive corporate finance manual and is the author of BDO's internal investigations guideline. Stephen is a regular conference speaker on the subject of financial due diligence. BDO Stoy Hayward Corporate Finance BDO Stoy Hayward Corporate Finance is a rapidly growing adviser to entrepreneurial public and private companies. With around 50 corporate finance staff at the Central London office, additional specialists in a number of offices in the Home Counties and corporate finance departments in major regional centres, BDO advises on all aspects of corporate transactions, including the following: *acquiring public and private companies; *selling businesses; *raising private equity; *strategic reviews; *investigating investment targets; *reporting on flotations, rights issues and material acquisitions by PLCs.