Due Diligence

  • A large commercial bank was nearing final stages of approving a $100 million loan to a businessman. IMG was engaged to conduct a background investigation of the potential debtor and uncovered two previously undetected bankruptcy cases that did not show up in electronic database searches. IMG dispatched a forensic accountant and certified fraud examiner to search through the bankruptcy file room in a county courthouse. IMG staff uncovered the case files, examined them, and began to detect red flags. A pattern of deception on the part of the potential debtor emerged. IMG reached out to several U.S. Attorneys in the area. This led to more intelligence that questioned the credibility of the debtor. IMG counseled its client to deny the loan. The bank agreed. One month later, the businessman in question was the subject of a multiple-count indictment for fraud and the client averted a major financial loss.
  • A top private-equity firm was in the final stage of preparations to make a multi-million-dollar investment in a telecommunications company. IMG was hired to conduct a background investigation of the company's principals. IMG's exhaustive investigative work revealed that two of the main principals of the telecom firm seeking the investment were un-indicted co-conspirators in a previous telecom company debacle. After IMG provided the clients with this information, they cancelled the investment.