Cross-Border M&A: The Critical Role of Due Diligence

Posted By: Karen Fisman and Miranda Li

Dealmakers are reaching across borders, seemingly undaunted by political uncertainty. In Q2 2017, global cross-border deal value was up 49% over the previous year, accounting for 47% of total global value and 36% of volume. In Canada, cross-border transactions accounted for more than half of total activity by both value and volume.

As deal makers accelerate their cross-border activity, the due diligence process becomes more critical than ever in addressing risks inherent in those transactions. We spoke with Michael O’Neill, a Director at Stone Arch Capital, about his experience with U.S./Canadian cross-border deal making, and the unique concerns that need to be addressed during the due diligence process.

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