Typically, large businesses or private equity firms use commercial due diligence to make a judgement on whether an asset is worth investing in. The term can be used in other spheres like property, but the focus here is on company acquisition.
According to an analysis performed by the Altus Group, there are 190,000 businesses in the UK that have received a summons to appear before magistrates over unpaid business rates. New rates came into effect on 1 April 2017 and businesses are still reeling from the changes. One group of businesses feeling particularly hard done by are high street retailers.
The FCA launched their finalised guidance on the treatment of Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) for anti-money laundering purposes in July 2017; you can read it in full here, this article has consolidated the key points.