How long does it take to complete M&A transactions?

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Clients always ask how long it would take to conduct legal due diligence, draft transaction agreements and complete the proposed acquisitions.

The answer is “it depends”.

The timeline depends on:

– clients to provide the commercial terms they want and their comments to draft agreements;

– target companies to provide the documents and information required for legal due diligence;

– us (lawyers) to do our work;

– the negotiation with the counterparties;

– comments from the counterparties and their counsels on the draft agreements;

-time required for the sellers and purchasers to fulfil the conditions precedent for the transactions including obtaining the necessary approval from regulators and other third parties.

The above should be taken into account when preparing timeline for M&A transactions.


This post was first posted on Linkedin on 29 September 2022.

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