Ten Pitfalls to Avoid in Corporate Acquisitions: A Practical Guide for Corporate Counsel

March 18, 1998

Mergers and acquisitions are often viewed by non-lawyers in the business community as rather simple affairs.  Often the business principals express frustration that the business transaction is not immediately consummated following an “agreement” by the parties concerning the principal terms of the transaction.  Transactional lawyers, however, are charged with the responsibility for an ever-increasing number of regulatory and legal issues that must be resolved in order to fully protect their client.  The purpose of this outline is to set forth in summary form ten common pitfalls to be avoided in the merger and acquisition process common to both publicly traded and private target companies.  Of course, the following is not an exhaustive list of the innumerable issues that may arise in the context of an acquisition or merger.

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