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Doing Business Abroad

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Language and culture supports M&A, partnerships and franchises

Successful cross-border and multinational mergers and acquisitions (M&A) relies on effective understanding and communication across all parties, no matter the region or spoken language of the parties to the deal. At Today Advisory, we have more than a decade of experience in providing professional, ISO-accredited translation services for M&A professionals, including private equity firms, corporate buyers and legal advisors.

The amount of translation work required to successfully execute mergers and acquisitions in foreign countries depends on a number of factors. These include:

  • The political and economic risk ranking of the country where the deal is to be done.
  • Whether the acquirer is using a Global Legal and Accounting firm, or local professionals for due diligence and deal administration.
  • The proportion of due diligence being done by the acquiring company instead of advisors.
  • The complexity of the business being acquired, in terms of corporate structure, ownership, fixed assets and operations.
  • Whether Key Staff are being retained within the business after acquisition and whether they are critical to the integration and ongoing success of the business.
  • Whether the deal is competitive or sole-bidder.
  • The assessed value of Warranties and Representations from the vendors of the business; in other words, if claims are made against warranties will the vendor be able and willing to pay?
  • The volumes of Red Flags or subsequent actions that are generated during the due diligence process and require investigation.

The list above is not exhaustive and each deal needs to be considered individually. A list of the minimum documents that Today Advisory would expect to see translated can be found here.

Should the acquiring company be able to rely on its advisers to carry out the due diligence process thoroughly and competently, and to bear financial responsibility for any errors or omissions, then the translation requirements can be cut back to the agreed list that the Purchaser wishes to have checked by its Management. Today Advisory maintains that in every case the Sale and Purchase Agreement should be translated in full so that the Directors and Officers of the Purchaser can be certain they are meeting their fiduciary responsibilities.

Client Testimonials

Head of Security

Essential for operating effectively in our global economy.

Keiron Sharp

Director General

I learnt a long time ago when working at Interpol HQ in France the importance of understanding cultures and backgrounds as well as language. My advice, use this service to ensure your business can operate effectively and profitably.

Adrian Maxwell MA Oxon

I congratulate Today Advisory on their innovative and cost effective approach to tackling this enormously important issue. Justice on hangs on disclosure of the facts and in our data drenched, interconnected world it is all too easy for a tiny yet vital drop of information to be lost in the ocean of multilingual electronic data. The company's use of the finest linguists to conduct reviews and their highly structured project management of assignments makes them an exceptional partner and I recommend them wholeheartedly.

Arun Chauhan

Partner - Fraud & Risk Services

Today Translation deliver a service that is vital in respect of our work when seeking to understand the workings of a fraudulent enterprise or scheme with an international element, which is often the case. Having a reliable provider that is not only able to translate accurately and respond quickly, but have industries most experienced translators work on specific documents, sets them apart and for this reason, they are our preferred supplier for translation services. They are highly recommended.

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