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Your Integrated M&A Due Diligence Team

Our team of insurance experts—from brokerage to risk control to claims—have worked on thousands of transactions. The extensive experience we bring to the table allows us to save you valuable deal time through our insurance due diligence process by working as an integrated team on five key workstreams: insurance due diligence, employee benefits due diligence; transactional risk, cybersecurity due diligence and technology due diligence. 

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Insurance Due Diligence Focus Areas

Our Insurance Due Diligence team works to identify:

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Thorough Insurance Due Diligence to Identify Deficiencies

As part of our thorough due diligence process, we will identify any material deficiencies, whether coverage shortfalls, transferability issues, contractual compliance, under expensing, under reserving and other impacts to liquidity (e.g. letters of credit).

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Nothing is Overlooked in Our Insurance Due Diligence Process

One-time transactional costs including management liability tail insurance, pollution legal liability, and as needed tax insurance or other contingent risk policies will not go overlooked during the insurance due diligence process.

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Insurance Due Diligence to Aid Cost Improvement

We understand that uncovering problems now can help alleviate serious issues after the deal closes. That's why our team will focus on EBITDA uplift opportunities to aid in cost improvement through insurance program design, risk control or claims management.

Our Insurance Due Diligence Process

A target company’s insurance portfolio is an important asset to review during a deal. Not properly vetting this portion of a company can leave the new owner open to serious financial risk. We understand how critical it is to review all a company’s insurance related activities. Our team examines the insurance terms, cost, claims history and all transaction-related documents to understand current insurance placement and any items the potential new owner needs to consider.  

Understanding the financial outlay of an insurance portfolio is an important part of the insurance due diligence process. We review current annual insurance costs and provide a comparison of post-close annual costs to the amount expensed under historical income statements. We also consider any current and historical self-insured expenses and examine one-time transactional expenses and surety obligations. Balance sheet reserves and outstanding collateral (e.g. letter of credit) are reviewed, and we estimate increase/decrease post-close over a five-year period.

As we would do for any new client at Alliant, we perform an extensive review of the company’s current insurance portfolio, providing a summary of current programs, including premium, limits, ratable exposure, retention, carrier and key terms/conditions. Based on this, we can provide suggestions to improve the program by reviewing contracts, benchmarking limits, financial ratings for insurance carriers and conducting a review of catastrophic loss exposures.

An outstanding or poorly handled claim can be a major liability, so parent companies need to understand the claims history of any potential portfolio companies. As part of our insurance due diligence, we summarize historical claims experience, analyze historical claims activity and provide commentary on how historical experience compares to industry peers. If needed, we can also conduct actuarial studies for applicable lines of coverage.

Throughout the closing process, we review and provide comments and suggestions on applicable transactional documents. We also address change of control provisions, provide documentation for access to pre-close insurance policies and suggest language for post-close access to seller’s insurance. We summarize one-time transactional insurance programs, including, but not limited to, representations & warranties, tax liabilities and environmental liability.

Once the deal is done, our team is ready to help with next steps. We outline any pending post-close incremental costs, then implement the new insurance program and suggest marketing timeline and strategy. In addition to insurance, we identify opportunities for risk management improvements and provide timeline for execution of our recommendations. Unlike any other broker, the Alliant M&A team is an integrated, consistent team from letter of intent to investment, making sure there is nothing lost in translation at the first platform investment and for all add-on acquisitions.