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Due Diligence

Understanding Cybersecurity Due Diligence

Scott J. Shackelford | Posted 09.16.2015 | Technology
Scott J. Shackelford

International law, while informative, does not spell out how nations (or companies under their jurisdiction) should go about enhancing their cybersecurity to account for emerging due diligence obligations. As a result, it's helpful to consider what leading nations and firms are doing in this regard.

Beware of Wedding Vendors Who Claim They Can Provide All Services

Sandy Malone | Posted 07.22.2015 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

You can either be a wedding planner, or a minister, or a caterer, or an innkeeper, or the DJ, or the florist, or a travel agent, or a photographer, or a hairstylist -- but you cannot do more than one of these jobs effectively at the same wedding.

Divorce Confidential: Finding the Right Divorce Attorney

Caroline Choi | Posted 06.02.2015 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

When a decision is made to divorce, you are forced to become familiar with the legal world and what may seem like, a legal minefield. This is not an easy task given the legal jargon and technicalities involved in a divorce.

Due Diligence: Trust But Verify

Brad Reid | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

Due diligence is the investigation that a reasonable person would make in good faith to ascertain the facts in a situation or to determine the truthfulness of assertions. Depending upon the circumstances and issues at stake, this inquiry may be quite broad and detailed.

Manage Executive Onboarding Risk With Three Key Questions

George Bradt | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Want to avoid being part of the 40 percent of executives that fail in their first 18 months in a new job? Answer three key questions before you accept the job to mitigate organization, role and personal risks.

How to Reach Your Goals

Sheldon D. Newton | Posted 12.21.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Sheldon D. Newton

There is only one way to accomplish your goals. And that is by diligently pursuing them, doing so relentlessly with determination and fortitude.

Top 3 Mistakes Newbie Entrepreneurs Make and Their Solutions

Darilyn Aquino | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Darilyn Aquino

In the current entrepreneurship boom we are experiencing nowadays, it is quite common that novice business owners -- as well as those with more experience -- make very frequent mistakes due to a lack of legal counseling and experience.

Retire With Due Diligence the 21st Century Way: Less Money, More Substance

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 10.15.2014 | Fifty
Molly Alexander Darden

Who hasn't heard the astronomical projections of how much financially we need in order to walk out of the office and into a new life? Well, I'm here to tell you, it ain't necessarily so! Here's how a smaller financial base can work when we apply the principle of due diligence analysis long before retirement.

What to Do About Weak Nonprofit Board Practices

Eugene Fram | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Peter Rinn, Breakthrough Solutions Group, published a list of weak nonprofit board practice. Following are some of the items listed and my estimation of what can be done about them, based on my experiences as a nonprofit board director, board chair and consultant.

Don't Wing It -- To Strategically Position Yourself, Do Your Due Diligence

David Nour | Posted 05.18.2014 | Business
David Nour

The more seasoned we become, the more likely we are to try to "wing it." If we really want to achieve strategic results from our most significant relationships, that's a definitive weakness.

How Obamacare Impacts Small Business Transactions

Avi Sinensky | Posted 05.17.2014 | Small Business
Avi Sinensky

While small businesses are exempt from many of the most rigorous requirements of the Affordable Care Act -- most notably, the Employer Mandate -- there are still some requirements and even some opportunities that small business owners should be aware of.

Private Banks Are Spending Millions To Avoid Criminals, Tax Cheats

Reuters | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business

* Wealth managers' profit growth suffers as costs soar * As much as 100 hours of due diligence commonplace * Number of c...

Double Dipping, Deadlines and Discrimination: Fear and Loathing on the Way to the Closing Table

Ron Gitter | Posted 07.08.2013 | New York
Ron Gitter

Without question, a revitalized real estate economy greatly benefits New York. As we have learned all too often, however, a frothy market can produce disastrous results and unintended consequences when buyers have more money than sense.

This Just In: Virtual Apartments Are Back!

Ron Gitter | Posted 05.15.2013 | New York
Ron Gitter

Low inventory, low interest rates, pent-up demand and an improving economy are causing an outbreak of buyer irrationality and the emergence of the real estate tipping point.

Hedge Fund Managers: Sex Talk and Prostitutes

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 08.12.2012 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Some hedge fund managers feel they are above appearances, if not the law. Some investors believe prostitution isn't a big deal, too. But there's a large cohort of investors that won't go near a hedge fund manager with a reputation for using prostitutes.

Due Diligence: Seven Questions to Consider

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 06.30.2012 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

What is due diligence? What does it really involve? Larger companies typically hire lawyers, bankers and accountants to help with any due diligence. As a small business owner, you may not have this luxury, and may have to do this work yourself or with limited resources.

A Big Piece of the Pie: New York City's Insatiable Appetite

Ron Gitter | Posted 06.06.2012 | New York
Ron Gitter

If there is one issue about owning a co-op or condo that will take center stage over the next few years, it will no doubt be carrying costs.

Beyond Social Proof: Due Diligence 101

Eric M. Jackson | Posted 04.17.2012 | Small Business
Eric M. Jackson

Due diligence for early stage companies is as passé as three-button suits or the Hilton sisters. At least that's the impression that many young technology entrepreneurs have.

7 Keys to Indemnification in Business Sales, Part 4 of 3

Jim Thomas | Posted 01.02.2012 | Denver
Jim Thomas

Whether you are buyer or seller, here are seven elements to think about when reading an indemnification provision: scope, damages, survival, exclusivity, caps, baskets, and third parties.

Great Expectations: Lawyers, Legal Fees and the Due Diligence Dilemma

Ron Gitter | Posted 12.10.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

At a time when the complexity of a basic residential real estate transaction has increased geometrically, could the presence of an attorney in the process actually be optional?

Due Diligence: A Smart Spin in Risk Allocation, Part 2.5 of 3

Jim Thomas | Posted 12.04.2011 | Denver
Jim Thomas

In mergers and acquisitions, due diligence is an overused and misunderstood idea. Some folks say they have to "do" diligence, as if it was an item in an M&A checklist, instead of an integral part of the process.

Much Ado About Something: Do Offering Plans Need a Warning Label?

Ron Gitter | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

Here's an equation that would make any developer queasy: Lawyer purchasing a condo, plus alleged misrepresentation about the apartment's square footage = lawsuit.

When Bigger Isn't Better: Purchasing in a Small Co-op or Condo

Ron Gitter | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

Small co-ops and condos have their own unique features. Here are five issues that should carefully be considered when contemplating a purchase in a small building.

A Toolkit for Purchasing From a Sponsor

Ron Gitter | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

With all the unsold condo units out there (which those in the trade like to call "shadow inventory"), there are great deals to be made when purchasing a newly constructed apartment.

Hire Senior Executives That Last

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

The costs of the failure rate of executives coming into new companies are enormous. So what can companies do to improve the odds of hiring successful senior managers? Let me suggest three steps.