M&A: Compliance due diligence

Dusting off your playbook and refreshing a strong compliance due diligence program may well be one of the best investments you can make

With a renewed focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the technology sector, it may be time to refresh your M&A compliance playbook to reflect an increasingly complex regulatory environment.

If your company's M&A compliance guidelines have been sitting idle on the shelf for a few years, now may be a good time to take a look at them. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 2014 U.S. Technology Deal Insights, M&A activity in the technology sector now exceeds historical norms thanks in part to a rebounding economy. With the increase in M&A activity—and an increasingly complex regulatory environment to navigate—it is important that companies have a strong due diligence program to evaluate a target company's compliance programs prior to a merger or acquisition.

Ashley Watson

Ashley Watson is senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer at Hewlett-Packard Company.

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