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Madrid, Spain Strategy, M&A
8 years experience
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New York, NY, USA Strategy, M&A
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İstanbul, Turkey Strategy, M&A
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São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil Strategy, M&A
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Amsterdam, Netherlands M&A, Private Equity
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Operational due diligence consultants assist businesses in converting business predictions into the operational enhancements and integration tasks required to realise them.

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Frequently asked questions

What clients usually engage your Operational Due Diligence Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Operational Due Diligence talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Operational Due Diligence professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Operational Due Diligence talent and are able to provide clients with Operational Due Diligence professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Operational Due Diligence professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Operational Due Diligence consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Operational Due Diligence consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Operational Due Diligence talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Operational Due Diligence talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Operational Due Diligence consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

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Everything you need to know about Operational Due Diligence

Operational due diligence (ODD) assesses operational aspects of alternative investment firms, such as infrastructure funds, hedge funds, and private equity funds.

An essential facet of any corporate acquisition is due diligence. Operational due diligence (ODD) can also be used during mergers & acquisitions, investments, or capital raising.

Operational due diligence (ODD) is a process that looks at the operations and business model of the target to make sure it’s a suitable fit for the buyer; ODDs are often undertaken in the industrial sector.

It can also be a process through which a prospective buyer examines the operational facets of a target firm during mergers and acquisitions.

Why Operational Due Diligence?

Analysing synergies between a purchaser and target organisation requires operational due diligence. It is a helpful tool for assisting buyers to jump-start the value creation process in preparation for functional enhancements or integration after the transaction.

Performing internal due diligence is a terrific idea for any firm being purchased. 

However, due diligence problems frequently cause agreements to fall through, so if the sell side can handle it before the buy side gets involved, problems may be managed swiftly and quietly. 

This might significantly improve the sell-business side’s case, raising the deal’s value. The primary goals of performing operational due diligence are:

  •  To confirm that the target company’s operating characteristics are correct.
  • To provide good cooperation across all target company departments.
  • Confirm that the target company has the necessary resources, including funds.
  • To save the buyer’s time.

Who is an ODD consultant?

ODD consultants are operational experts that engage with private equity companies to conduct M&A operational due diligence and prospective acquisition estimates.

The operational due diligence experts offer knowledge of the risk and active actions. They provide a plan for enhancing operation capacity and future expansion. 

Why ODD Consultants?

Investors and companies intending to buy or invest in a new company must confirm all pertinent information before making the transaction. Many purchasers regularly conduct due diligence at the customer and financial levels, but they require assistance from a due diligence expert specialising in operations.

An operational strategy plan is a part of the packages that come with hiring a functional due diligence expert. This strategic strategy provides a road map for boosting an investment asset’s worth. 

Also, a strategic plan for operational improvement can help determine the cash flow requirements, capital plan, and general recovery schedule. Only an ODD specialist can accomplish all of those.

Furthermore, Private equity firms concerned about acquisition multipliers may find this helpful. The prospective EBITDA(earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) benefits resulting from operational changes may also be displayed to investors using this roadmap.

What does an Operational Due Diligence consultant do?

Operational due diligence consultants assist businesses in converting business predictions into the operational enhancements and integration tasks required to realise them.

On the other hand, they employ fact-based analysis to discover and quantify working capital adjustments, liabilities, risk exposures, and opportunities for finance & accounting, supply chain, and operations, as well as modifications to EBITDA. 

Additionally, they identify possible problems early to reduce post-transaction shocks that can impede value capture.

The role of a consultant on the Buy-side:

  • Evaluates the target’s operational effectiveness and possible threats.
  • Determine cost-saving and synergy opportunities that influence value.
  • Make a list of probable obligations and risk exposures.
  • Determine the services needed for the transition.

The roles of a consultant on the Sell-side:

  • Boost knowledge base, negotiation stance, and sales process management.
  • Establish the accuracy of the material in the sales note.
  • Actively respond to buyer-related issues and concerns.

Operational Due Diligence Checklist

Operational Due Diligence has a flexible checklist that may be adjusted depending on the circumstances. Internal mergers and acquisitions(M&A) purchases and private equity companies are covered under the list.

Performing operational due diligence during an M&A transaction is daunting, but it’s necessary to conclude a fruitful, just, and effective agreement. A due diligence checklist includes all the data a business needs to get from a target before proceeding with an acquisition.

The due diligence checklist lists categories depending on the business and the buyer. Based on the buyer’s demands, the target company’s evaluation areas will need to be listed.

Examples of Operational Due Diligence Checklist 

The following represents a decent operational due diligence  checklist:

1. A preliminary analysis of the target company’s activities.

  • How closely do the target company’s activities match those of the buyer?
  • What overlaps or conflicts do the buyer, and the target firm have?
  • What investment will be needed to get the target company’s operations up to the targeted level?

2. Document Analysis.

  • Verify internal processes.
  • Verify business compliance. Verify necessary licenses and subscriptions.
  • Review the technologies supporting operations.

3. Location Visit.

  • Make a general evaluation of the business’s current operations (i.e., what would change if we bought it today?).
  • What conditions are the technology, equipment, and machinery in the factory, office, and logistics centre?
  • Are there any apparent bottlenecks or backlogs at the target company’s location?

4. Projections 

  • Make predictions about the value addition your organisation can provide using the data obtained up to this point.
  •  Can the same equipment/technology provide additional value?
  •  Is having this extra capacity worth anything?
  • Create a budget based on the activities of the target firm in collaboration with the commercial and financial departments.

Final Thoughts

A company must be examined to determine the process points that provide value and any flaws that need to be fixed to generate a trustworthy and institutionally feasible investment product. 

This is what operational due diligence entails. However, a third-party management consultant is needed to carry out due diligence. 

The operational structures of the target would be reviewed from the buyer’s perspective during operational due diligence, and the buyer will learn if the objective has any danger.

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