Compliance is an expensive business. According to one estimate, large firms pay an average of $10,000 per employee in compliance costs per year.

While this may seem like a staggeringly large sum, companies are incentivized to pay it by the fact that non-compliance is even more expensive. One estimate puts the cost of non-compliance at almost three times that of complying with mandates.

In short, it pays to know that your company is operating within the lines. And that is in part where regulatory due diligence comes in.

DealRoom helps companies of all sizes to negotiate their path through the…

The question: “what is your exit plan?” tends to draw a lot of blank expressions when asked to business owners.

A survey of business owners conducted by the Exit Planning Institute shows that a startling 2 out of 10 businesses that are listed for sale eventually close a transaction, and of these, around a half end up closing only after significant concessions have been made by the seller.

This is as strong a case as can be made for exit planning.

The tools provided by DealRoom can be a valuable asset to any business owner looking to develop an…

Companies are looking to buy like never before.

Between record amounts of ‘dry powder’ in private equity, capital relatively easy to come by thanks to more quantitative easing, and (for now) near zero interest rates, acquisitions are firmly on the corporate agenda.

If one comes knocking on your company’s door, whether or not you had considered a sale before, it pays to be prepared for a sale.

A sale of a company may be the best way of all to maximize shareholder value. …

Companies that achieve the best sales valuations are almost always the ones that prepare properly.

Preparing for a sale can enhance the value of a company even if it does not end up being acquired.

The following steps will be common to all business owners, regardless of their size or industry, considering a sale of their company in the near future. Do not wait for a buyer to appear on the horizon to begin implementing them.

How to Position Your Company for an Acquisition

  1. Conduct an internal audit
  2. Ensure that your company is systemized
  3. Clean up your balance sheet
  4. Renew your most valuable contracts
  5. Develop a 5-year strategic…

Mergers and acquisitions can be an excellent way of adding to the human capital of a business.

When Goldman Sachs acquired J. Aron & Co., a small trading company, in the early 1980s, one of the traders they took on ended up being the company’s CEO. This isn’t uncommon.

Other examples include the Walt Disney Company hiring future CEO Bob Iger in the acquisition of ABC, and even JP Morgan bringing future CEO Jamie Dimon on board after acquiring Bank One in 2000.

These examples — and their success — underline the value of conducting HR due diligence in M&A.

Tax is arguably the least discussed of all motives for conducting mergers and acquisitions.

Managers undertaking M&A tend to be less keen to espouse the tax benefits of a deal — probably wishing to avoid accusations of tax avoidance — than they are to talk up how it gives them a platform for future growth.

Tax is not a dirty word, however. Whenever you’re involved in M&A, it makes absolute good business sense to understand the implications for your company’s tax obligations that a transaction will have.

In this article, we at DealRoom look at how to conduct tax due…

operational due diligence

Operational due diligence may be the most forward-looking kind of due diligence that exists.

The aim here is not to look over several years of past performance, but rather to project into the future and assess how value creation will be sustained into the future with the target company’s operations.

Hundreds of DealRoom clients conduct their operational due diligence using our M&A platform, allowing them to take advantage of our operational due diligence template.

In this article, we look at how to conduct operational due diligence, as well as providing a checklist of the items that require attention to ensure…

Every now and then, an investment banker should take time out to read some of the fantastic literature that exists on the field.

A frustration when looking for good books on investment banking is how many people consider books on trading to be investment banking.

And although there are some great books out there on trading, it’s all a long way from investment banking. With this in mind, we have put together the following list:

Best Books For Investment Bankers

  1. Barbarians at the Gate by Brian Burlough and John Helyar
  2. The Partnership: The Making of Goldman Sachs by Charles D. Ellis
  3. Buffett: The Making of…

Investment Banking Career Tips

Investment banking roles are among the most sought after of any careers in the wider field of finance.

The large investment banks have an ongoing cachet that most companies can only aspire to — endowing on their employees an alluring mixture of intellectual prowess and prestige.

But investment banking isn’t just restricted to Wall Street alone. There are now thousands of investment banks of various sizes and niches operating across the United States.

DealRoom deals with dozens of investment banks every year giving it some insight into this industry.

In this article, we look at some of the specifics of…

Following influencers on LinkedIn can be a fantastic way of gaining insights into the world of M&A and finding out what matters from the people at the top end of the market.

We’ve put together a list of 10 M&A influencers that we believe you can benefit from following.

Their rank includes heads of investment banks, a Stern Business School professor of finance, and a few journalists. Follow them all and gain from their wisdom every time you log on.

Top M&A Influencers to Follow

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