A New Approach To Contract Due Diligence In M&A

Law360, New York (May 27, 2015, 8:15 AM EDT) -- Contract due diligence in mergers and acquisitions is an investigative process through which a party or parties to the transaction review the contracts of the counterparty to the transaction to understand the business and legal risks attendant to the purchase of those agreements and their impact on the value of the transaction.

Contract due diligence in M&A transactions is typically focused on identifying:

Legal risks associated with acquisition of the contracts, such as nonassignment and change-of-control provisions in the contracts that may prevent or otherwise impact closing of the transaction;

Transaction risks contained within the contracts, such as important company contracts...

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