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Whether you’re buying or selling a business, performing quality of earnings due diligence is critical to understanding the fine line between potential risk and reward. Our comprehensive financial due diligence services — including quality of earnings analysis, working capital assessment, tax compliance, tax structuring analysis, and purchase price allocation analysis — help you make more informed decisions.

For buyers, we help determine if the seller’s information is accurate. We dig deeper to give you the complete story behind the numbers, assessing the company's historical financial performance and condition, identifying key drivers of trends, and uncovering weaknesses and future growth opportunities. We also help you reduce risk by minimizing your potential tax exposure.

For sellers, we strategize opportunities to maximize the transaction value, identify and remedy potential exposure areas, help prepare management for the acquisition, and expedite the sale process. We look beyond the reported financials and provide insights into earnings, quality of working capital, and liabilities to improve buyer and lender confidence.

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Our clients say

Plante Moran’s transaction advisory services helped us identify and validate investment opportunities and define and mitigate potential risks, avoiding surprises post-closing. Their audit and tax teams tailor their approach and solutions to ensure our portfolio companies are implementing best-in-class financial reporting practices and proactive tax strategies to optimize after-tax cash flows. Plante Moran’s “one-firm” firm approach is particularly useful for private equity groups like ourselves due to the access to the full resources of the firm, whether it be tax, audit, valuation, or various consulting needs. There’s always someone with the right expertise and experience to respond to our needs.

Richard J. Harpster Managing Director, Svoboda Capital Partners

Our Team

Our financial due diligence team brings you extensive knowledge and M&A expertise. Our multidisciplinary professionals have diverse backgrounds, including traditional audit and tax, corporate management, and investment banking. Our teams also include industry experts based on the specific needs of your transaction. This highly personalized approach ensures you gain the experience, resources, and guidance to lessen uncertainty and maximize transaction value.