Due Diligence

Due Diligence
IT Due Diligence: Advice for the CIO

After a record-setting year in 2013, the pace of US law firm mergers carries on unabated, with 22 deals announced as of April 2014. So with potential merger activity in your firm's future, how does IT best prepare?

The focus of M&A is often on closing a deal, not the related costs of doing so. However, these costs can add up. What are the most wasteful costs during M&A, and what should you definitely not skimp on?

Bidding for the Olympics isn’t all that different to the deal-making process. Olympic officials must evaluate each city's offering, just like an M&A deal.

Despite five deals announced in February worth $91 billion, Q1 2013 was not a booming quarter for M&A activity. Though deal value was around 10 percent higher than Q1 2012, it was still 26 percent lower than Q1 2011. Deal volume...

Comprehensive due diligence is essential to any successful M&A deal. But getting a complete and transparent view of the financial, operational and cultural characteristics of an acquisition target isn't always easy. Some of the biggest brands in the world even make...

Once a business owner has made the decision to exit their business, they should treat that decision just like any other strategic initiative. They need to identify concrete goals and objectives, outline the strategy designed to meet those goals and objectives,...

When it comes to technology M&A, the devil is in the details. Technology is one of the traditionally hot sectors for M&A, driven primarily by the rapid nature of change in the industry. In a rapidly changing industry it is impossible for any...

We recently held a webinar titled, "Harvesting Intangible Assets" with Andrew J. Sherman, author and Partner at Jones Day. Using a Rembrandt painting as an example, Sherman outlined how companies can be oblivious to the wealth of revenue-producing opportunities hiding in their...

Recent technology developments and trends, most notably cloud computing and the emergence of mobile devices in the workforce, is raising the expectations from end users for new levels of service from enterprise IT. The ‘consumerization’ of IT has led to users...

A new survey by Clifford Chance has found that there is increasing appetite for cross-border deals, as businesses seek growth outside their home markets. The multi-regional report surveyed nearly 400 companies, each with revenues of more than $1 billion. Respondents were...