April 15, 2014
Interviewed by: David Snow
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Expert Q&A with Eva Garcia de la Fuente of EY

An expert conversation about EY’s services to private equity investors in Colombia.

An expert conversation about EY’s services to private equity investors in Colombia.

Expert Q&A

With Eva Garcia de la Fuente of EY

How does EY help private equity firms perform better due diligence when doing deals in Colombia?

Eva Garcia de la Fuente, EY:

A GP calls us and then the first things that I ask them are, “Is it a family owned business? Is it audited? What type of different jurisdictions do they work with? Do we have different management teams geographically or what type of control are the stakeholders performing in the company.” I ask questions that give me some feeling about the quality of the information that I’m going to find.

As it usually happens here in Colombia, the quality of information is not good, so you really have to dig in and perform a very detailed analysis for understanding exactly what the business is and isolate and do some carve-out of all the non-operating assets of all of the expenses which are not normal in the business. That obliges you to dedicate quite a lot of time to understand the numbers.  

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