Concrete maker doesn’t let unclaimed property sink deal

Our Client’s Need

A manufacturer of precast concrete products was in negotiations with a buyer. The buyer’s due diligence uncovered unclaimed property as a potential area of liability. Like most companies, the concrete manufacturer was unaware of its unclaimed property and how it would be a material weakness. In some cases, when the unclaimed property exposure is large enough, the buyer will walk away.

Baker Tilly’s Solution

The manufacturer engaged Baker Tilly in an unclaimed property review. Our unclaimed property practice professionals identified any potential unclaimed property exposure and worked with our client to remediate uncashed checks and credit memos. Baker Tilly then analyzed all relevant unclaimed property laws, including business-to-business exemptions.

Finally, our team drafted a comprehensive memo to document the review process, remediation efforts and relevant law. Baker Tilly quantified the client’s exposure, met with the buyer to answer any questions and made recommendations on how to further reduce exposure through voluntary disclosure agreements.

Results

Baker Tilly reduced the buyer’s originally proposed exposure by more than 75 percent. Most importantly, our professionals helped ensure that unclaimed property was not a major issue in the sale.

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