M&A Due Diligence and Integration

Conducting an Efficient Assessment of Value, Risks and Liabilities

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Conducted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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This CLE course will discuss how companies and counsel can mitigate the legal risks involved in mergers and acquisitions, including the development and implementation of an effective due diligence program and best practices for efficient integration.


Due diligence is critically important for any merger or acquisition decision. In the current economy, M&A transactions have been particularly challenging. Boards of directors and other decision makers expect the due diligence process to continue until the deal closes.

Companies and counsel must closely examine the risks and liabilities of the target to determine whether it is prudent to move forward with a deal. Due diligence preparation and implementation provides decision makers with information necessary to weigh the relevant factors.

Integration of the newly combined company is key to realizing the value of the merger or acquisition. The company must develop a plan to establish a standard set of processes. The faster the companies can integrate their functions, the greater the benefit of the merger.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines the steps involved in preparing and conducting an effective due diligence review and offers best practices for integration after the merger or acquisition decision has been made.



  1. Preparing for due diligence
    1. Putting together the due diligence team
    2. Developing a due diligence program
    3. Objectives and procedures
    4. Due diligence checklist
  2. Due diligence review
    1. Areas of due diligence
    2. Due diligence search
    3. Document review
    4. Common complications and how to overcome them
    5. Reporting
  3. Best practices for integration


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What constitutes reasonable due diligence in mergers and acquisitions?
  • When conducting due diligence, what attributes influence the types of searches conducted?
  • What are the key planning steps to ensure smooth integration?


Keith E. Gottfried
Keith E. Gottfried

Blank Rome

He concentrates his practice primarily on mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism, cross-border transactions,...  |  Read More

Joseph G. Krauss
Joseph G. Krauss

Hogan & Hartson

He focuses on antitrust and economic regulation, with an emphasis on merger and acquisition counseling and litigation...  |  Read More

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