The AMA Handbook of Due Diligence

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9780814413821: The AMA Handbook of Due Diligence

Revised & Updated Edition of the Most Complete Due Diligence Guide Ever Published!

The AMA Handbook of Due Diligence is the most complete guide available on how to properly perform a due diligence investigation -- and radically improve the success rate of a pending corporate merger or acquisition. The new edition of this long-trusted resource includes a CD-ROM packed with almost 400 customizable forms and templates for recording and analyzing every possible operational or financial activity at any organization.

Extensively revised and updated, the book reflects significant changes in the financial landscape such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. There are specialized sections on joint ventures, franchises, and outsourcing, as well as new legal memo and form requirements, including data room index, preliminary diligence memorandum, and the Hart-Scott-Rodino questionnaire. Thorough and easy to use, this essential resource will ensure that every "t" is crossed, every "i" dotted...and no mistakes left out on the table.

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Revised & Updated Edition of the Most Complete Due Diligence Guide Ever Published!

If you are...acquiring, merging, selling, appraising, auditing, or underwriting a business entity or business unit, don’t proceed without The AMA Handbook of Due Diligence.

What makes The AMA Handbook of Due Diligence so special? It’s really an annotated collection of almost 400 forms – easy to use and customize from the companion CD-ROM – that allow you to record and analyze every possible operational and financial activity of the business units under investigation. Probing sequences of questions penetrate into the darkest corners...long lists of possible reasons lead you to research the background of every “fact”. All the danger signs Crilly and Sherman have learned to recognize are uncompromisingly confronted. The forms elicit such realities as:

· Projections unrealistic because of factors not taken into account

· Disputes between directors and controlling shareholders

· Management not providing directors with accurate information

· Potential losing contracts

· Changes in competitive environment

· Global economic factors

...just to mention a few of the thousands of real-life possibilities you can pinpoint with the help of this amazingly complete investigative guide.

Why do so many new ventures, mergers and acquisitions fail? Not because the due diligence investigation doesn’t yield good answers. Rather because some important questions are never asked. Here at last is an easy-to-use system so detailed and far-seeing that no potential development is overlooked. It includes:

· Almost 400 ready-to-use forms

· Step-by-step practical guidance

· Advice on evaluating information and danger signs

· A CD-ROM with all the forms you need to perform complete due diligence

All this adds up to create a logical, sequenced methodology that hunts down the full and accurate truth. With probing, uncompromising insistence, The AMA Handbook of Due Diligence gives you the means to diligently pursue each detail to satisfactory closure. It gives you the power to ensure the fusion of a profitable new entity or the successful absorption of one entity by another.

About the Author:

William M. CRILLY was the chairman and founder of Newport Pacific Associates, a firm that assisted companies in arranging mergers and acquisitions. Throughout his business career Mr. Crilly led numerous acquisitions, divestitures, and public and private financing activities, all of which required rigorous due diligence investigations. As a top management official of several public companies, he was responsible for formulating final recommendations to the companies’ boards of directors. Mr. Crilly served in executive positions at Eastern Airlines, Pan American World Airways, Riegel Paper, & Bowmar Instrument Corp.

 

Andrew J. SHERMAN is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Jones Day, a global law firm. Mr. Sherman is a corporate and transactional attorney and is a recognized international authority on the legal and strategic aspects of business growth, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, capital formation, franchising, and other types of intellectual property leveraging and growth strategies. Mr. Sherman is also the author of eighteen books, including Franchising & Licensing: Two Ways to Build Your Business (AMACOM, 2003), Raising Capital (AMACOM, 2005) and Mergers and Acquisitions from A to Z (AMACOM, 2006).

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