Being a potential investor or buyer in an acquisition, merger or investment transaction requires exhaustive reviews and scrutinizing tons of documents. This can be time-consuming especially when the parties are examining large amounts of information across a variety of different due diligence fields like intellectual property, financial, and tax. To avoid confusion and minimize the chance of missing things, it is vital to prepare a comprehensive list of all materials required during the review process.

A thorough due diligence checklist for businesses will help you to identify crucial details, and make sure that every aspect of the review is taken care of. The human capital portion of an audit, for instance it will look at the employees and staff of the company, their wages and benefits. This may include a breakdown of salaries by job title and comparison between salaries of people working in similar positions within their field or region. It will also look into the policy and procedures of the company regarding hiring and firing as well as employee remuneration, incentives and bonuses vacation and sick leave as well as any contracts and severance packages.

Many of these areas of due diligence will require input of specialists and external consultants. To avoid delays, confusion and duplication of work, it is recommended to establish an appointment date for the review. A CRM, such as DealRoom can to make this process more efficient through providing a central platform to manage all communications, documents and tasks.