Bribery and corruption in M&A transactions - What to look out for

By Neil Blundell, Nicola O'Connor, Simon Phippard


Merging two businesses raises many practical and cultural issues quite apart from whether the process is a success in purely business terms. Increasingly, the ethical temperature and compliance culture of a target business, or of a potential joint venture partner, are key subjects for the transaction process. Frequently, a corporate acquisition has been the trigger that has uncovered misconduct, bribery or a number of other white-collar crime/compliance issues, and many regulators have made it clear that they see mergers and acquisitions as a key part of the “clean-up” process.

We were delighted to be joined by Richard Lissack QC of Fountain Court Chambers, who “wrote the book” on bribery, to address these points, and dissect bribery and corruption through the eyes of the M&A process with our leading expert panellists in a two-part webinar series.

If you were unable to join or would like to view the recording again, please click on the demand recordings below.

Part 1 - Compliance issues and risks for a purchaser involved in mergers and acquisitions, management techniques, and how the vendor’s perspective differs from that of a purchaser. 

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Part 2 – Expert views on what we are seeing in the market and what your options if a transaction goes wrong

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