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Professional Services for M&A Due Diligence
Software audits for third party content have rapidly become an essential part of the due diligence for a software merger or acquisition transaction today. Palamida audit experience suggests that as much as seventy percent of software applications today are derived from open source and other third party sources, which adds a new requirement for acquiring organizations to be informed regarding software composition before final terms are reached.
Palamida M&A audits are designed to give acquiring organizations visibility and confidence that they are fairly evaluating proposed software acquisitions in terms of third party content, origin and copyright holder, license or licenses, and if requested, known vulnerabilities and cryptography components. Because time is tight, Palamida Professional Services is geared to respond quickly so that deal teams have the information they need during negotiation. As a result, acquiring organization can recognize a number of benefits:
- Identify IP risks and integration issues early
- Secure the best possible valuation
- Reduce legal exposure
- Accelerate deal close
- Identify post-acquisition remediation costs
- Deliver a comprehensive software content inventory to the acquiring development team
An engagement starts with rapid completion of confidentiality agreements and proceeds to sizing of the target codebase. Once that is complete, and the engagement is authorized, work can begin. This phase can often be completed the same day. The duration of the analysis work is a function of size and complexity of the target code – but we provide progress reports throughout, so that interim results can be incorporated into the negotiation if required.
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