Due Diligence Searches

Dramatically improved searching features and functions in order to support your due diligence needs across Canada and the U.S. Due diligence searches available in areas such as Address Search, Bankruptcy, Business Names, Corporate Searches, PPSA and more.

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Select from the following corporate due diligence searches*:

Address Searches - conduct investigative searches as they relate to locating a current address via various search engines.

Bank Act (Canada) s. 427 – to determine whether any notices of intention to give security have been filed with the Bank of Canada against a corporation, business or individual. This search will disclose whether any banks have taken a security interest in the inventory and/or equipment of a corporation, business or individual.

Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada) – to determine whether there is a record of any bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings involving corporations, businesses or individuals registered with the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy for Canada. This search will indicate whether a corporation, business or individual is or has been bankrupt or whether an assignment, proposal to creditors, or receiving order has been made against it.

Bulk Sales Act (Ontario only) – to determine whether there are any bulk sales affidavits registered against a corporation, business or individual in the Superior Court of Justice and in the municipality where it carries on business. This search will indicate whether a corporation, business or individual has made a sale of its stock out of the usual course of business.

Business Names Reports - Displays current information on the public record for registered business names. A corporation orindividual that carries on business or identifieshimself/herself by a name other than its corporate or his/her name must register trade names.
(available for U.S. businesses)

Canadian Environmental Protection Act – to determine whether there are any prosecutions, proceedings, or outstanding cleanup orders against a target entity.

Certificate of Status/Certificate of Compliance/Certificate of Good Standing -Provides the current status of the corporation.           

Corporate Searches/Corporate Profile Report – to confirm status and determine corporate information on public government registries such as current corporate name, name variations, any former and predecessor names, any current registered business names, registered office address, directors and officer information, document lists, expired business names etc. (this would also include all business names searches).

Employment Standards Act – a search of the Employment Standards branch will determine whether there are outstanding claims against the corporation or business.

Execution Act – to determine whether there are any writs of execution, or certificates of lien filed against the real or personal property of a corporation, business or individual in the Sheriff’s office in the municipality where the business or individual carries on business or resides. This search will indicate whether a judgment creditor has filed an execution or writ for an unpaid judgment in the sheriff’s office. In Ontario you may also conduct an Ontario Wide Execution search which will search all of the municipalities.

Federal Court – to determine whether there are any litigation actions involving a corporation, business or individual under the Federal Statute.

Franchise Searches – A franchisee has the right to market a service or a product using a trademark or trade name.  Providing a location address will allow us to locate the corporate name in order to properly name parties in an action and/or effect service to applicable parties.

Litigation – to determine whether there is any litigation actions filed in the various Courts of Justice across Canada against a corporation, business or individual. These searches can be conducted in various jurisdictions or municipalities. Actions today may be commenced in various jurisdictions therefore searching multiple courts may be necessary.

Intellectual Property Searches – Intellectual property and information technology searches (i.e. patent, copyright, Industrial design, trade-mark plant breeders’ rights, integrated circuit topography searches) should be ordered to ensure that the intellectual property rights being purchased have been properly registered, and actually owned by the vendor and that the rights remain in order and up-to-date and are properly assigned to the purchaser.

Occupational Health and Safety Act – a search to determine whether hazardous substances on a particular site have been handled in accordance with the Act and whether there are any outstanding orders against the property.

Personal Property Security Act (PPSA) – to determine whether there are any registrations made against a company (liens, debentures) under the various personal property registry systems across Canada. The results will indicate whether the personal property of a corporation, business or individual is encumbered and subject to the security interests of secured creditors. The search should be conducted in the jurisdiction(s) where property or assets are owned and where the business is registered.

Police and Accident Reports – motor vehicle accident research to support personal injury matters.

Real Property – to determine the status and nature of title to real property and whether there are any encumbrances, mortgages, or other changes registered against a real property.

Features and Benefits

Enhanced Search Report (ESR) - Receive all of your corporate due diligence searches summarized in one concise, comprehensive report. Limit the need to access all of the original searches and work from a single document that is easy to review, forward, and amend to your liking. Merge multiple searches across multiple jurisdictions in one comprehensive report.

Nationwide name lookup feature - lookup feature that searches for existing corporate and business names across key databases in Canada. This allows you to quickly view a name that may be registered in multiple jurisdictions and compare any similar names that may also need searching.

Enhanced search algorithm - we’ve developed a Carswell Legal Solution specific algorithm that reviews results taken from multiple databases and organizes them to meet your specific needs.

Litigation searches across Canada - to determine whether there is any litigation actions filed in the various Courts of Justice across Canada against a corporation, business or individual. These searches can be conducted in various jurisdictions or municipalities. Actions today may be commenced in various jurisdictions therefore searching multiple courts may be necessary

Access to shortcuts and recommendations – these are based on deal type, search requirements are suggested based on a particular transaction (i.e. merger and acquisition transactions vs. a financing transactions).

Post-date your searches across Canada and structure your deal ahead of time. Our solution helps you to organize your due-diligence needs by providing an opportunity to pre-request all your searches for when you need them.

Updated your searches across Canada with one click – copy the transaction over!

Search summaries and additional searches available across Canada after viewing search results.

Express workflow and bulk order feature - simplified process to order the most requested searches.

Request numerous reports over multiple jurisdictions – all within the same transaction

*Results and report types may vary by jurisdiction. For confirmation or if you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Customer Service Representatives. Refer to the “Besoin de support? Questions?” section on our main page for more information and contact details.

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