Contract Compliance

Cutting through volume and complexity

Trusted interpretation and analysis

BDO’s Contract Compliance services are designed to serve virtually any company engaged in construction projects, or with vendors, suppliers, franchisees, leases and licensees through contractual agreements.  

Our dedicated professionals are well-versed in the interpretation and analysis of contract provisions, with credentials based on broad industry knowledge and experience. We speak the language unique to certain sectors, including oil and gas, financial services, the motion picture industry, television, video, licensed merchandise, music, software, construction, corporate real estate, and franchising, among others. 


In today’s challenging and competitive economic environment, savvy management is seeking ways to control costs and streamline processes, particularly regarding large service and material providers.  

By working closely with our professionals, your organization may realize results similar to many of our clients, including: 
  • Reimbursement from overcharges resulting in large-dollar recoveries 
  • Improvement in return on investment 
  • Identification and mitigation of risks in contracts 
  • Improvement in internal controls and processes 
  • Standardization and enhancement of contracts 

Our vendor audits have resulted in millions of dollars in cost recoveries for our clients. We comb through the details to identify instances when clients have overpaid — typically recovering funds that are at least 2–3% of the contract’s total value — and hold contractual parties accountable when they fail to meet performance requirements. In cases where contracts present enormous volume and complexity, our professionals leverage deep experience and broad resources in data analytics. In many cases, our teams can automate the process in order to find the required information quickly and efficiently. 

Why BDO? 

Our objective is to assist our clients in controlling vendor spending. Our team of highly experienced Risk Advisory professionals have developed a methodology for vendor audits predicated on two fundamental principles:
  1. Using experienced business, industry, vendor audit professionals  
  2. Relying on a practiced and structured approach  
This standardized operations methodology and approach is tailored to meet the needs of each individual client based on the specific environment, industry and contracts. The process also involves establishing timelines and milestones while providing constant feedback to management relative to issues and progress until the audit is complete. 

BDO can help identify opportunities for savings through lease audit. Contact a representative today.

BDO provides responsive guidance and forward-looking views to contractors, owners and developers. We understand the challenges that each organization or entity faces when constructing a facility or spending money on renovations. We have extensive experience supporting commercial construction projects and truly understand contract compliance, as well as the practical matters necessary to construct a project responsibly and within budget. Our professionals will work with you to review construction costs and contract compliance, and independently assess the merit and justification of change orders, which are generally the largest risks on any construction project.  

Seeking accessible, experienced construction auditors? Contact a BDO representative today.

For most companies, real estate occupancy and facility costs are typically some of the largest recurring expenditures. Assessing the accuracy of these charges and identifying opportunities for savings is essential.  

BDO’s lease audit professionals deliver deeper, more thorough audits, often finding more ways to obtain the greatest refund possible. Our process is designed to minimize conflicts and maintain a positive relationship between landlords and tenants. Our service approach — non-confrontational yet firm — proactively seeks to ensure that our clients’ needs are fully satisfied and accommodated. 

Our dedicated team draws on a 20-year history of uncovering property operating expenses and real estate tax billings, as well as utility and overtime HVAC miscalculations. With in-house engineering experience, we are positioned to address complicated utility issues involving the lease, financial calculations and engineering concepts. 

Potential savings through lease audits may include:  
  • Operating/CAM Expenses 
  • Real Estate Taxes 
  • Utilities 
  • Sub-metered Electric 
  • Common Area Electric/Steam 
  • Overtime Services 
  • HVAC 
  • Condenser/Chilled Water 
  • Freight 
  • Janitorial 
  • Engineers 
  • Base Rent 
  • Pro Rata Share 

BDO’s lease audit practice does not represent landlords, thereby eliminating potential conflicts. 

Why BDO? 

Every year, more leases require that only nationally recognized CPA firms perform audits. BDO’s reputation provides landlords with confidence that the lease audit will be performed with professionalism and integrity. 

In addition, during the lease audit, we identify numerous issues pertaining to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP): BDO has the internal resources and credibility to support these circumstances. 

As a major accounting firm employing a dedicated staff of professionals who focus exclusively on lease auditing, BDO has a reputation for success.  

BDO can help identify opportunities for savings through lease audit. Contact a representative today.

We strive to boost our clients’ revenues while strengthening the licensing relationship between franchisor and franchisee. At BDO, we understand the importance of maintaining a quality relationship between the franchisor and franchisee when it comes to franchise agreements. We also recognize that situations can differ on a case-by-case basis. We are committed to providing a high level of personalized service to our clients. Our services are tailored to the specifics of each contract and the individual situation between the franchisor and franchisee. 

BDO’s Franchise Audit team’s credentials are based on our broad industry knowledge and experience. Our professionals are dedicated to this practice area and are well-versed in the interpretation and analysis of contract provisions.  

Why BDO? 
  • Our collaborative approach 
  • Insight into applicable provisions of the underlying contracts 
  • Identification of the vital documentation  
Seeking the right advisors for franchise contract compliance services? BDO can help. Contact a representative today.

When questions arise regarding royalties, production costs, revenue sharing or merchandise licensing that need to be answered, BDO can help.  

Our Royalty Compliance team has extensive experience in the following industries: 
  • Film production and distribution 
  • Sound recording 
  • Consumer products 
  • Software 
  • Franchising 

Why BDO? 
  • We focus on pertinent contractual provisions 
  • We understand our clients’ concerns  
  • Our ability to work effectively and efficiently to add value in the process 

 BDO is ready to assist with royalty audits. Contact a representative today.

Using a collaborative approach, our team offers insight into joint interest audits. We tailor our services to the specifics of each unique situation, collaborating effectively and efficiently to add value for our clients.  

Seeking a trusted advisor to help on a joint interest audit? BDO can help. Contact a representative today

Risk Advisory Insights

Explore our most recent resources and thought leadership.

  • Industry
  • Auto Dealerships
  • Financial Institutions & Specialty Finance
  • Government & Public Sector
  • Government Contracting
  • Healthcare
  • Life Sciences
  • Natural Resources
  • Nonprofit & Education
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Technology

Stay current with our latest risk advisory insights.

Do work that matters, where you matter.

At BDO, you can do much more than fulfill your career ambitions — here, you can explore your full potential. That’s because we’re committed to helping our employees achieve on both personal and professional levels.