31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program -Pre-acquisition risk assessment

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One of the clearest themes from the original, 2012 FCPA Resource Guide was around the importance of your pre-acquisition work in any M&A on a target company. In the section on Declinations, the 2012 FCPA Resource Guide provided an example of a company which had received a declination in large part because of its pre-acquisition work, which then served as a basis of its post-acquisition remediation. I find it appropriate to think of the process as a straight line, directly from the pre-acquisition phase through to closing and then to See more +
One of the clearest themes from the original, 2012 FCPA Resource Guide was around the importance of your pre-acquisition work in any M&A on a target company. In the section on Declinations, the 2012 FCPA Resource Guide provided an example of a company which had received a declination in large part because of its pre-acquisition work, which then served as a basis of its post-acquisition remediation. I find it appropriate to think of the process as a straight line, directly from the pre-acquisition phase through to closing and then to remediation, integration and self-reporting in the post-acquisition phase. These same concepts were brought forward in the 2020 FCPA Resource Guide, 2nd edition.

Three key takeaways:

1. One never has enough time to engage in all of the pre-acquisition review you might want to do, so optimize your time and resources.

2. Consider what you can review to put together a preliminary risk assessment on the target.

3. As with most compliance initiatives, you are only limited by your imagination, so if you are limited in time and scope, try something new and different. See less -

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