January 1, 2012

Buyer Due Diligence in Government Contractor M&A Transactions

Association of Corporate Counsel

As organic growth becomes less reliable in the government contracting market, corporate development strategies rely more heavily on mergers and acquisitions for accretion. While all M&A transactions have challenges, there are risks specific to the government contracting industry which require that in-house counsel undertake a due diligence plan tailored to that industry to effectively identify and mitigate the risks to his or her client company as the potential buyer (the Acquiror). The process of mapping and mitigating risk is accomplished through due diligence by the in-house team and selected use of outside experts such as lawyers and accountants. This QuickCounsel seeks to provide a summary of the diligence process, highlight issues specific to acquisitions involving government contractors, and summarize of the effective uses of information acquired in the diligence process.

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