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Anticipate the Play

Operational diligence


The greatest players in basketball have extraordinary court vision and awareness, the ability to anticipate the next play, and to adjust rapidly to competitor moves. In mergers and acquisitions (M&A), there’s typically only one shot at doing a deal — and timing is everything. Increasingly, faced with constrained timeframes and exclusivity windows for options, deal teams may focus more on financial and accounting diligence than operational diligence — a mistake that can result in a missed shot.

As a leading M&A service provider for many of the top private equity firms and strategic buyers and sellers, Deloitte offers decades of operational diligence experience, deep functional knowledge, global resources and effective diligence practices. Our Operational Diligence professionals can assist clients with critically evaluating a target’s attractiveness through operational assessments and risk mitigation strategies. We link these findings to deal value for informed transaction decision-making, negotiations and eventual strategic and financial value realization.

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