A records management checklist for mergers and acquisitions

Information governance due diligence is key to avoiding surprises

Many companies have stepped up their merger and acquisition activity, but an area often an overlooked by M&A teams is records management. Assessing a target acquisition’s record management and information governance program can avoid potential surprises, smooth the integration and ultimately increase the value of the acquisition.

“We acquired one smaller company and only later found out about a number of significant compliance problems around their record retention,” an associate general counsel for a financial services company recently confided. “Had we known about these problems, we would have not done this acquisition.”

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Mark Diamond

Mark Diamond, Founder & CEO of Contoural, Inc., is a regular contributor to Inside Counsel on Litigation Readiness and Records Information Management. You can e-mail...

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