Firms for VDD?

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Hello, I would like to do a VDD on a company to be sold through an M&A controlled auction process. The transaction value will be about $600-700mm if that matters.
Which firms are respectable in the industry for performing VDD? Is one of the big 4 (Delloitte, etc.) the best option in terms of credibility?

Comments (4)

  • VP in PE - LBOs
Mar 21, 2020

$600-700mm means that you have the money to spend on a quality VDD, but it's up to you whether or not you do.

  • MBB generally elect not to undertake VDDs because they are low value for the time required
  • I've heard of people commissioning VDDs from Oliver Wyman - MBB analytical chops, minus the hand-holding people skills of MBB (good option)
  • Parthenon is a VDD machine with a focus on the middle market
  • S& does middle market work as well and has a massively growing DD practice, though unsure if they do VDD (good option)
  • Other diligence houses exist, such as Investor Group Services (IGS), that are much less expensive

You are effectively paying for what you get: you get a McKinsey VDD, you are paying for their legitimate insights into your business to help you approach a sale, and you have limited room to "influence" the results or content; you get an IGS VDD, you are getting a check-the-box marketing document that you can pump full of whatever graphs you'd like to insert.

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Mar 21, 2020

Thanks - could you also let me know what would be the approximate cost? Like $200k?

I found the companies you mentioned, except for "S&?" Is this the exact name of the company?

Mar 21, 2020

Strategy&, they are a subsidiary of PwC

Mar 22, 2020