Data Loss Threatens M&A Deals
Blog Article Published: 05/11/2017
By Jeremy Zoss, Managing Editor, Code42 One of the most popular breakout sessions at Evolution17 featured a great merger and acquisition (M&A) scenario: Midway through the deal, critical information leaks, devastating the value of the deal. How can you figure out how much info leaked—by whom and to whom? Here’s why that storyline was so riveting: 2016 saw more than $3.5 trillion in M&A deals. And the vast majority of those deals revolved around valuations of intellectual property (IP), which today makes up about 80 percent of a typical company’s value. If you’re a buyer organization, consider these questions:
- Are you aware of all the IP within the target company?
- Can you be sure all this IP will come with the deal?
- Can you be certain it won’t leak to a competitor?