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Glossary of Terms

Set out below is a Glossary of standard transactional terminology for private equity and corporate finance transactions. Use the filter menu if you are looking for a specific term, or to navigate the Glossary alphabetically.

Due diligenceUsually undertaken by investors, due diligence refers to the process of making sure that someone or something is what they say they are and can do what they claim prior to an acquisition being completed. The individual elements of due diligence may include commercial (markets, product and customers), a market report, an accountants report (trading record, net assets and taxation position) and legal (implications of litigation, title to assets and intellectual property issues).