Doing Your Due Diligence

September 21, 2016

A third-party due diligence firm is an essential tool in helping a Broker Dealer evaluate a product sponsor as part of its due diligence on the sponsor’s alternative investment offerings. As part of the process, the Broker Dealer obtains an investment research report produced by the third-party due diligence firm to aid their evaluation.

This Insight provides an in-depth look at the following:
- With regard to alternative investments, what is third-party due diligence?
- Who engages a third-party due diligence firm, an independent Broker Dealer or a product sponsor?
- Who is responsible for the reimbursement of bona fide due diligence fees and expenses in connection with a public offering of securities?
- How do Broker Dealers get started with the due diligence process of evaluating the offering, and what are the first steps?
- What documents, as applicable, should be requested and examined during due diligence for a product sponsor and for its sponsored alternative investment product?
- How do you know that a due diligence process has been successful?
- Perspectives on Effective Due Diligence
- Other Insights from Broker Dealer Due Diligence Professionals
- Items that Broker Dealers Would Like to See in a Due Diligence Report

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