The Art of M&A Due Diligence

The Art of M&A Due Diligence
Navigating Critical Steps and Uncovering Crucial Data

By Alexandra Lajoux and Charles Elson

A merger or acquisition deal can be a profitable springboard to long-term success--or it can be a costly disaster. The key to experiencing the former and preventing the latter is a sound, effective due diligence process.

The Art of M&A Due Diligence, second edition, is extensively updated to provide new, critical information you need today. Significant regulatory and legal developments have occurred over the past decade, and this new edition ensures that you'll be fully prepared for them. It accounts for noteworthy business trends and global economic events by providing:

  • The latest tools for detecting and mitigating risk (9/11)
  • An expanded checklist with more insolvency warning signs (WorldCom)
  • Guidance on what companies can and cannot delegate to their advisors (Arthur Andersen)
  • A new chapter on due diligence for fi nancial institutions to account for EESA-related changes (2010 legacy of TARP)

About the Authors

Alexandra Reed Lajoux is Chief Knowledge Officer and Corporate Secretary at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), a not-for-profi t organization dedicated to educating corporate directors. Reed Lajoux has served as the editor of Mergers & Acquisitions Magazine, the premier publication for working professionals in the M&A field. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

Charles M. Elson is the Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance and the Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is also "Of Counsel" to the law firm Holland & Knight. Elson lives in the Wilmington, Delaware, area.