What We Do
Political Due Diligence
To complement an investment’s financial due diligence, Foresight specializes in identifying and assessing the risk associated with a transaction that is posed by current or future government policy.
THE BIGGEST RISK TO A COMPANY’S VALUE IS OFTEN POLITICS
Insurance, legal, accounting and security firms are designed to manage other types of risk (and they do this well), but they are not government policy risk experts. Although geopolitical or country risk exist as specialties within the risk advisory profession, investors need to ensure that they are identifying and assessing company-specific risk and are not simply focused on the macro or country level.
Governments can and do change the rules of the game in ways that can materially impact businesses’ current and prospective financial results. Foresight dives deep into these political and government policy risks to provide a clear understanding of whether and how they could affect a transaction.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO ASSESS AND MANAGE POLICY RISK
Furthermore, it is not enough to identify, analyze and monitor company-specific risks. Risk mitigation (i.e., specific actions to reduce the risk rather than only assessing it) is a necessary capability.
Assessing and managing the risk to our clients’ business goals posed by government policy is Foresight’s core competency.
Our team has considerable experience working with financial and legal advisors on transactions in highly-regulated sectors, both domestically and internationally, amounting to more than $100 billion.
Our work has involved political due diligence and risk mitigation strategies associated with: private equity investments; mergers and acquisitions; market entries; creeping expropriations; and trade agreements. Geographically, our team has experience with major transactions in the Middle East, Europe, the United States, Russia, Latin America, and of course Canada.
We understand the sensitivities associated with potential transactions – especially the need for confidentiality and moving quickly. We create better business outcomes through government policy insight and risk mitigation.