Due Diligence Investigations

Imperative Information Group helps clients recognize and manage risks by conducting due diligence investigations into the principals and business entities involved in a variety of business scenarios, including:

  • Venture capital investments
  • Fund-to-fund investments
  • Joint ventures
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Asset and commercial property management
  • Vendor selection

Depending on the client’s needs, we typically include the following items in our due diligence investigations:

  • Identity Research – This review of information from two credit bureaus and other data sources will be used to identify the names and addresses associated with the applicant. It also includes a variety of other information including corporate and business affiliations, criminal cases and lien filings, and property ownership that may help guide other research items. Unverified information will not be delivered to the client.
  • Consumer Credit Report – This report can only be obtained with the signed authorization of the individual about whom the information is being reported.
  • Criminal & Infractions History
    • Multi-Jurisdictional Criminal Records Database Review – We will search for references to your applicant in this database, which contains millions of records from counties and states across the country, sex-offender registrations from all fifty states, the Office of Foreign Asset Control’s (OFAC) list of identified terrorists and other international criminals (often referred to as the Patriot Act search) and other sources. To ensure maximum possible accuracy, any records found in the database will be verified with the originating jurisdiction prior to being reported to our client.
    • County-level Criminal Records Searches - We will conduct misdemeanor and felony research in all counties and under all names associated with the applicant’s identity research in the last ten years. Each search will cover a minimum of ten years of criminal records in that jurisdiction – most will cover much longer periods.
    • State-level Criminal Records Searches – We’ll search the available criminal records databases, prison records, and sex offender registries in each state associated with the applicant’s address history, using all names associated with the applicant. A few states require specific paperwork to be completed in order to obtain this information. We will provide that paperwork when the need arises.
    • Federal District Criminal Records Searches – We will search the criminal records of each federal district associated with your applicant’s address history in the last ten years for references to your applicant, using all names associated with the applicant.
    • Driving History – This is the state’s official record of your applicant’s driving record, typically including accidents and citations in the last three to five years. A few states require specific paperwork to be completed in order to obtain this information. We will provide that paperwork when the need arises.
  • Civil Litigation History
    • County Civil Litigation – This review of civil litigation in all counties and under all names associated with the applicant’s identity research in the last ten years. Each search will cover a minimum of ten years of plaintiff and defendant records in that jurisdiction – most will cover much longer periods.
    • Federal Civil Litigation – This review of civil litigation in each federal district associated with the applicant in the last ten years will identify federal lawsuits and bankruptcies associated with your candidate. Each search will cover a minimum of ten years of plaintiff and defendant records in that jurisdiction – most will cover much longer periods.
    • Liens and Judgments - This includes a review of non-real estate lien and judgment filings in all counties and under all names associated with the applicant’s identity research in the last ten years. Each search will cover a minimum of ten years of plaintiff and defendant records in that jurisdiction – most will cover much longer periods.
  • Business Filings
    • State UCC Filings – We will search the Universal Commercial Code filings in each state associated with the address history of the individual for any references to the individual.
    • State Corporate Filings – We will search the Secretary of State records in each state associated with the address history of the individual and proprietary databases for any listings of the individual as an officer in any state-registered entity. Please note that a few states do not allow searches by officer name.
    • Assumed Name Filings – Typically conducted at the county level, this search identifies any sole proprietorship or assumed name filings (also known as “d/b/a – doing business as” or “fictitious business name” filings)made by the individual to identify any other business activities with which the individual may have been associated.
  • Credentials Verification
    • Employment Verification – We will diligently attempt to verify the previous employment claims made by your applicant.
    • Education Verification – We will attempt to verify the educational accomplishments asserted by your applicant, watching out for unaccredited institutions and degree mills.
  • License Verification – We will attempt to verify the professional license or certification claims asserted by the individual and, when possible, identify if there are any past or current disciplinary issues to report.