The Hidden Value Of Carveout-Specific Due Diligence

By Bill Rowe, Duffy Lorenz and Richard Needham (February 27, 2019, 1:41 PM EST) -- Carveout transactions whereby integrated business divisions or product lines are sold out of a larger corporate organization without being standalone at the point of sale are becoming ever more common in response to activist shareholder preferences for pure play companies and other pressures in an already sometimes high-flying M&A market.

While the potential value to buyers and sellers of such transactions can be enormous, carveout transactions also pose unique challenges compared to sales of stand-alone businesses. In particular, two specific challenges arise in nearly every carveout transaction: valuation and transaction speed. This article argues that prior to launching a carveout transaction...

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