The Arc of the Deal: Tips for Cybersecurity Due Diligence Advisors in Mergers & Acquisitions From Beginning to End

For cybersecurity advisors, whether legal or technical, knowing the structural and business characteristics of a mergers and acquisitions target is just the beginning of an intense due diligence process. Operating somewhat furtively on a “need-to-know” basis within the limitations of any transaction, advisors need to gather information quickly and thoroughly so that they can provide input on whether and how a deal should move forward. It is an intense and exciting process fraught with responsibility and pressure. In a session at the recent Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute moderated by Jennifer Archie, a partner at Latham & Watkins, panelists Jay Brudz, a partner at Drinker Biddle, Christopher Hale, senior counsel for cybersecurity at Raytheon Company and David McCue, president of boutique advisory service McCue, Inc., provided their suggestions on work flow and processes along with a few war stories from the field. See “Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A Is No Longer Optional” (Aug. 24, 2016).

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