Criminal Due Diligence
M&A deals are prepared in strictest confidence, the object to be purchased is examined as closely as possible. Liability risks under civil law or tax law from criminal acts committed in the past can be contractually managed. However, it is more difficult to assess the consequences resulting from possible criminal proceedings with respect to criminal penalties for the company, criminal law sanctions for individuals and damage to the reputation of all concerned. It is far better, in order to eliminate such risks to the greatest extent possible, to be aware of them before the purchase decision is taken.
Our many years’ experience of criminal law allows us to delineate and investigate areas that are especially vulnerable for a target, in coordination with the appointed M&A firm and the potential purchaser. Our activities include the assessment of current or finalised criminal proceedings.