38 Misleading statements and misleading practices

38.1 General

Before any negotiations commence involving the purchase of a company or part of it, the prospective buyer will want to find out as much as possible about the company. The buyer may instruct accountants to carry out an investigation into the business and assets, may carry out an investigation himself, or merely rely upon information supplied by the seller without carrying out an investigation ‘on the ground’. This latter course may be the only one available where the seller does not want the company’s employees disturbed by strangers going through the books. Whichever

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