Intellectual property drives M&A transactions

IP plays an increasingly important role in mergers and acquisitions, says Don Fancher of Deloitte

Don Fancher, principal in the Deloitte Forensic practice of Deloitte Financial Services

The financial downturn of 2008 had ramifications across the business landscape, including creating a downturn in mergers and acquisitions. But, as businesses adjusted to the new paradigm, companies began to see just how important intellectual property was to their bottom lines. And Don Fancher, principal in the Deloitte Forensic practice of Deloitte Financial Services, LLP, sees IP as playing an increasingly important role in M&A transactions

“As technology gets more advanced and more specialized, it becomes more difficult for companies to do all the research they need to meet the market,” Fancher says. And, as companies move into new markets, they find it wise to invest in a wide array of technologies. These companies are, more then ever, looking externally and seeing IP as a way either to block a competitor or to allow themselves to be a disruptor in the market.

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Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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