Frustrated by “tick-box” exercises and unreliable vendor-led projects, private equity firms are demanding more of their due diligence providers.
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Due diligence used to be an exercise in ticking all the boxes and uncovering any deal-breaking risks. As the buyout market has become more competitive and sophisticated, however, GPs have come to demand more.
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Traditionally due diligence was used to uncover deal-breaking risks. As the buyout market has matured, however, GPs are demanding much more from the process.
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