Pre-Transaction Due Diligence2018-08-30T21:24:32+00:00

Pre-Transaction Due Diligence

High stakes business transactions require in-depth due diligence that leverages human analysis and timely reporting. Prescient’s Pre-Transaction Due Diligence service helps private equity firms, investment banks, and corporate development teams uncover risks ahead of a deal’s closing, often saving precious time and money.

Pre-Transaction Due Diligence Use Cases:
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures
  • Initial Public Offering (IPO)
  • Strategic Investments
  • Market Entry
  • Open Web Reputational Reviews
  • Criminal and Civil Records Research
  • Social Media Investigations
  • Metadata Captures

Our team has decades of experience assisting clients ahead of major acquisitions, investments or joint ventures in the U.S. and overseas, through tailored research covering countless English and foreign languages sources.

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Client Results


A multinational automotive manufacturer wanted to conduct M&A due diligence on a company owned by a prominent Chinese automotive firm. The company under investigation was planning to acquire one of the client’s commercial units, and the client wanted to understand any potential risks before the acquisition was reviewed by federal authorities.


Analysts trained in Mandarin-language used Chinese media databases to uncover company ties to a state-owned enterprise. Initial sanctions, PEP, and legal database research discovered executives’ political connections to provincial Chinese government business councils. Link-chain analysis techniques were used to visualize the subject entity’s connections to the state-owned enterprise and any violations of international law.


Based on the information uncovered, the client’s counsel chose to alter its legal strategy in preparation for the government’s review, potentially saving the client significant reputational and financial damage.

Clients Served

Prescient’s Pre-Transaction Due Diligence service supports a variety of clients that require deeper insights to clarify risks and opportunities. We proudly serve the following clients and welcome inquiries across all industries.

  • Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms
  • Family Offices
  • Investment Banks
  • Hedge Funds
  • Corporate Development Teams

How It Works

When you expect accurate and timely results, you’ll get them. We won’t bog you down with endless details and irrelevant fluff. Save time and energy with our Bottom-Line-Up-Front approach that presents quick-hit insights at the beginning of your reports, so you can quickly understand business risks.

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Meet Your Expert

John Kula, CFE

Practice Lead, Due Diligence

John helps organizations solve problems in emerging markets, including some of the most challenging corporate jurisdictions in the world. His extensive experience working in law enforcement, corporate security, and data analytics enables a sophisticated approach to identify and resolve risk challenges for our clients. Prior to joining Prescient, John served as a Managing Member of Forenetics, LLC, as a Principal in the regulatory risk and investigations practice at London-based Control Risks, and as Senior Managing Director in the global investigations practice at FTI Consulting, just to name a few. John earned a B.S. in Psychology from Benedictine University and an MBA from DePaul University.