#MNAQNA Insights: Pre-announcement M&A Activity and its Effect on M&A Outcomes
The goal of our #MNAQNA Twitter Q&A was to discuss the findings of new research Intralinks completed with the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, City University London, into the effect of the pre-announcement due diligence process on acquirers, sellers and key M&A outcomes. I
10 December 2013
Ever wonder how due diligence impacts deal success? Or how you can push the dealmaking process in your favor? What about deal leaks - are most M&A leaks intentional? Well wonder no more.
On November 21, 2013, Intralinks co-hosted its first live Twitter Q&A on global pre-announcement M&A activity and its effect on M&A outcomes to answers these questions and many others. The goal of our #MNAQNA Twitter Q&A was to discuss the findings of new research Intralinks completed with the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, City University London, into the effect of the pre-announcement due diligence process on acquirers, sellers and key M&A outcomes. Intralinks VP of Strategy & Product Marketing, Philip Whitchelo, and the Director of the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, City University London, Professor Scott Moeller were glued to their Twitter streams readily awaiting questions. We got a lot of great feedback from #MNAQNA participants, met some new folks and had an all-round great time.
Below we've featured questions that our audiences asked and the answers Philip and Scott provided. You can also view the full Twitter #MNAQNA script and download the Cass Research Report: When No One Knows for intuitive discussions and key findings from the research, respectively. Thank you to everyone who participated in our event – hope you enjoyed the chat.
Q1: Why was this research commissioned? #MNAQNA
Q2: What are the key findings of the research? #MNAQNA
Q3: What is the relationship between the length of due diligence and deal success for acquirers? #MNAQNA
Q4: Why is this research unique? #MNAQNA
Q5: If most leaks are intentional are there optimum times to do that in a deal process? #MNAQNA
Q6: What’s the impact of due diligence period length on buyers and sellers? #MNAQNA
Q7: What's the average length of the due diligence process? #MNAQNA
Q8: With clear evidence of intentional leaks, can we expect more legislation and control on it? #MNAQNA
Q9: Leaky deals attract thousands of free financial/legal advisers. Advantage, who? Buyer, Seller, Shareholders? The reporter? #MNAQNA
Q10: Why do public targets and larger targets have a shorter due diligence period?
Q11: What benefits do deliberate leaks have for the leaker? #MNAQNA
Q12: Based on your research findings, what final advice would you have relating to due diligence? #MNAQNA
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Meagan Parrish is the Senior Manager of Social Media at Intralinks. She is responsible for social media strategy development and the communications for Intralinks' online communities. Meagan has been creating social media strategies for a variety of companies across verticals for the past several years. She holds Bachelor degrees in Marketing and Finance, with a minor in English Literature.