The Hidden Trapdoor In M&A Deals

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As global M&A activity surges again after a brief Covid-19-related slump, it’s a sure bet some acquiring companies will be inheriting unpleasant surprises along with their new partners.

One of the most underrated acquisition perils out there? Compliance risks arising from third-party relationships that are absorbed during deals. The risks are most acute for large companies acquiring firms outside of North America as they often pick up ecosystems of several thousand third parties in the process. Deals for companies in geographical regions with heightened levels of corruption carry even more risks.

Acquirers can open themselves and their shareholders up to

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