Due Diligence in M&A Transaction: How SAP Helps Mitigate Risks

  • by Vivek Sadhale, Company Secretary & Head — Legal and Investor Relations
  • November 23, 2011
Due diligence is a key step during mergers and acquisitions (M&A). SAP offers four tools (SAP BusinessObjects Watchlist Security; SAP BusinessObjects Governance, Risk, and Compliance solutions; SAP BusinessObjects Access Control; and SAP StreamWork) to help you mitigate risk during the M&A transaction.

A merger and acquisition (M&A) process is intense and complex spanning various stages: exploratory, due diligence, agreement finalization, and closing. Although each stage in the transaction has its own importance, due diligence is the most critical step. The due diligence process confirms all material facts with regard to any transaction. This step identifies potential risks and issues, thus facilitating the preparation and negotiation of definitive agreements.

Vivek Sadhale

Vivek Sadhale is a company secretary and head — legal and investor relations of Persistent Systems Ltd., one of the leading outsourced software product development companies with a turnover of about US$127 million and more than 5,500 employees. He has 14 years of hands-on experience in corporate secretarial, corporate governance, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions, and international legal matters, with exposure to management accounting, finance, and treasury functions within reputed Indian and multinational organizations. A commerce and law graduate, Vivek completed his chartered secretaryship exam in the UK and is a qualified company secretary and management accountant in India.

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