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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: May 21, 2022

8 Reviews (28 ratings)Reviews

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
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

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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 .
Course Syllabus
Introduction And Overview
  1:43Introduction to Due Diligence Background Investigations
  11:23Background Investigations: What? Why? Who?
  5:27Levels of Investigations
  13:49Three Step Process: Step 1-Prepare
  2:35Know Your Sources
  14:29Step 2 - Research
  2:48Step 3 - Action
Continuous Play
  54:24Due Diligence Background Investigations: A 3-Step Process for Minimizing Risk
Supporting Material
  PDFSlides: Due Diligence Background Investigations: A 3-Step Process for Minimizing Risk
  PDFHandouts: Due Diligence Background Investigations: A 3-Step Process for Minimizing Risk
  PDFDue Diligence Background Investigations: A 3-Step Process for Minimizing Risk Glossary/Index
Review And Test