Mergers, acquisitions, and new partnerships bring lots of risk. That’s why it’s prudent to conduct pre-deal due diligence that goes beyond just finances and operations and stay up-to-date on any new developments throughout the deal process.

Before investing your organization’s time, money, and reputation, consider how well you know the people and companies behind the investment. Are they who they say they are? Are they trustworthy, reputable, and reliable? Is there anything in their past that will affect the future?

This course covers the what why, and who of investigations; how to align your level of due diligence with your level of risk; and the three-step process for building profiles on the people and companies that affect your company’s reputation and bottom line.

Course Key Contents: Due diligence, Risk management, Background investigations, Background checks, Pre-deal risk, Pre-deal due diligence, Investigative research, Online research

Learning Objectives
  • Discover what a due diligence background investigation is and what it’s not, how it’s used to minimize risk, who should conduct the investigation, so you get the best results.
  • Explore the levels of due diligence background investigations and how to align with level of risk.
  • Identify the three-step process for due diligence background investigations, including:
    • Prepare: Know the limitations of online investigations, how to identify the warning signs in a company’s or individual’s background, and what sources will help you focus your investigation.
    • Research: Discover the 5 components of the research process that provide the most useful information.
    • Action: Recognize the techniques for making sense of the data and turning it into actionable information.
Last updated/reviewed: January 13, 2023
10 Reviews (30 ratings)


Member's Profile
Even as an experienced researcher, the subject of due diligence was fairly new to me. In this course, Marcy was a fantastic guide who broke down the involved process of conducting an investigation into very manageable pieces. Her concept explanations were clear and concise and the presentation had many helpful tips and details sprinkled throughout. I came away with a good understanding of what an investigation is, how to do it, and why it matters. Marcy also provided a very helpful glossary of terms and list of resources. I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to learn more about due diligence investigations and why they are important.

Anonymous Author
I do a lot of financial due diligence, coming in at a point when my clients have already done a lot of the earlier work or outsourced it to other providers. I like that this course covered those earlier steps, and also that she listed potential sources of info in the handout.

Member's Profile
I really enjoyed this course. I have just started in Private investigations and most of my cases so far are due diligence cases. This as given me a greater sense of what I need to be doing. Thank you Marcy, you are awesome and I will be taking more of your courses.

Anonymous Author
There was a clear distinction of what due diligence is and what compliance is. There is often the confusion of both so distinguishing is really important. The steps are also helpful to fully embrace the compliance aspect.

Anonymous Author
Organized, to the point; helpful slides and handouts. Love that is has specific information and sources. A great course!

Anonymous Author
It was a great training course. I enjoyed the trainer's detailed explanation. Everyone will gain from this training.

Anonymous Author
This course provides a basic understanding of what a Due Diligence Background Investigation entails.

Member's Profile
The course was interesting and thorough She was fun and iteresting in her presentation

Anonymous Author
Great overview of due diligence investigations, supporting material and sources.

Member's Profile
Good webinar on how to minimize the risks while conducting a due diligence.

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
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Course Syllabus
Introduction And Overview
  Introduction to Due Diligence Background Investigations1:43
  Background Investigations: What? Why? Who?11:23
  Levels of Investigations5:27
  Three Step Process: Step 1-Prepare13:49
  Know Your Sources2:35
  Step 2 - Research14:29
  Step 3 - Action2:48
  Summary 2:14
Continuous Play
  Due Diligence Background Investigations: A 3-Step Process for Minimizing Risk54:24
Supporting Material
  Slides: Due Diligence Background Investigations: A 3-Step Process for Minimizing RiskPDF
  Handouts: Due Diligence Background Investigations: A 3-Step Process for Minimizing RiskPDF
  Due Diligence Background Investigations: A 3-Step Process for Minimizing Risk Glossary/IndexPDF
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