Due diligence defines the process – if not the art – of mergers and acquisitions. An American term originally dreamed up in defense of broker-dealers under the US Securities Act of 1933, the term quickly became shorthand for the entire M&A process and has created a sprawling financial industry complex.
In recent years, that due diligence complex has started to change. The growth of private equity, new business models and advanced technology have created new opportunities – and pitfalls – for M&A professionals.
Hear from experts at the forefront of this change in our November 1 Merrill Insight™ Video. Topics we’ll explore include:
- Common due diligence pain points and challenges
- New due diligence trends and solutions
- What remains the same? Best practices that still matter
Adrienne Smith is a special counsel in the Due Diligence Center of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Atlanta office. Ms. Smith leads a team of specialized lawyers who focus exclusively on transactional due diligence. The Due Diligence Center currently supports the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Real Estate practices. Ms. Smith received her law degree from The University of Georgia School of Law in 2007 (magna cum laude), and she served as an Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University in 2001. Ms. Smith is admitted to practice law in Georgia. Prior to joining Paul Hastings in her current role, Ms. Smith was a counsel for a publicly-traded company, and she was also previously an associate at Paul Hastings and another major U.S. firm.
Thomas Fredell joined Merrill Corporation in 2015. In his role as Chief Product Officer, he focuses on all aspects of product management and engineering to drive growth and innovation for Merrill’s client-facing solutions. Fredell joined Merrill from SmithCo Investments, where he was CEO. Prior to his tenure with SmithCo Investments, was Chief Technology Officer for both Snagajob and IntraLinks.
Nick Barnard is General Manager at GLG, the world's leading platform connecting professionals with insight. He leads GLG’s professional services firms business unit, serving strategy consultancies, market research firms, ad agencies, and other leading global companies. Prior to his current role, Nick served as Head of GLG’s EMEA Client Solutions operations – with a heavy focus on GLG’s financial services clients – from 2009 to 2012. During that time, the company grew significantly in Europe, establishing offices in Dublin, Paris, and Germany. Nick began his GLG career in 2004 as a manager in the firm’s Energy & Industrials business in New York, and in 2005 he founded GLG’s office in Austin, Texas – now the company's largest office. Nick holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. He is a Board Member of Lord Baltimore Capital and a member of the Advisory Council for the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas.
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