This checklist identifies certain questions, issues and/or best practices when conducting due diligence related to the purchase or sale of an investment adviser representative’s client list.
Please understand that this sample form should not be considered a comprehensive checklist of all items that should be considered or performed when conducting due diligence. Likewise, this is general and may not be applicable or helpful in certain circumstances, and this checklist hasn’t been customized to the unique issues facing a particular side of the transaction.
This checklist is intended for a buyer of the assets (i.e., client list, goodwill, and tradename). This checklist does not address the risks associated with purchase an actual legal entity (i.e., corporation or llc) and its underlying liabilities.
It is strongly recommended that the user of this sample form retain a legal counsel, an accountant and an appraiser with expertise in such matters to assist you during the negotiation, valuation, due diligence and preparation of any buy-sell agreement.
This sample form should be considered as a starting point; the investment adviser firm will need to customize this sample form to its business model and policies and procedures. Please see our disclosure about the limitations of sample form at http://www.ria-compliance-consultants.com/ria_express_investment_advisor_compliance_tools/sample-forms/
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This sample document may not be applicable or appropriate for every investment adviser. The purchaser should not consider a sample document purchased from our online store as an exhaustive, comprehensive or definitive list of the items necessary to meet the purchaser’s obligations under the applicable investment adviser laws and rules.
This sample document is not intended to detect or prevent fraud, selling away, Ponzi schemes, undisclosed outside business activities, inaccurate or false fee calculations, theft, misappropriation or unlawful conversion of client funds.
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