All M&A articles – Page 2

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    Before M&A, think cyber: what every board needs to know


    Nothing can sideline a merger or acquisition quite so well as dodgy cyber-security compliance. Simone Petrella discusses what every board should know in advance.

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    Compliance lessons keep coming from HP/Autonomy deal


    HP’s legendarily bungled acquisition of U.K. software company Autonomy continues to provide valuable compliance lessons as well as one heck of a corporate governance horror story. Tom Fox reports.

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    Compliance risks in M&A transactions


    Image: 2015 was a record-breaking year for global mergers and acquisitions, but inherent in those deals are numerous compliance risks, such as potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations and deal-breaking cultural clashes. Involving compliance personnel at the earliest stages of an M&A transaction can significantly reduce unforeseen liabilities. “You don’t ...

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    The Macro-Economic Trends Tearing Through Third-Party Risk


    Image: Monday’s news of the merger between Pfizer and Allergan, one of the largest corporate deals ever, is the high-water market for a huge year of M&A activity. That M&A craze poses huge challenges to compliance officers for third-party risk, from IT systems to count third parties (harder than you ...

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    SEC Offers Proxy 'Unbundling' Guidance for M&A Deals


    The Security and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance has released new guidance, in the form of two Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations, concerning proxy bundling in the context of mergers and acquisitions. The Exchange Act requires proxies to clearly and impartially identify each “separate matter” to be acted upon, ...

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    How to Worry About M&A Accounting in This Year’s Audit


    Image: Merger activity is booming this year. That means plenty of scrutiny from audit firms in the coming year-end audit, since the firms themselves are under PCAOB pressure to be more skeptical of fair value, provisional figures in financial statements, and the like—all crucial to accounting for M&A deals. “Audit ...

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    Planning Ahead to Manage M&A Due Diligence


    Image: Lots of mergers look great on paper. In the real world, however, integrating corporate IT systems can not only be a headache for the IT department; core business functions can be compromised—including financial reporting or other tasks crucial to effective corporate compliance. “Smart companies are ready to start integrating ...