In the first installment of this series, I described some reasons why cybersecurity and data privacy issues should be front of mind for M&A practitioners. In this installment, I will talk about the ways that an acquirer’s—and a target company’s—compliance programs can play a significant role in the success of a merger or integration.


What does a nuclear missile accident have in common with a cybersecurity or data privacy issue in a
merger or integration? While it is easy to see that most people would prefer not to encounter either of them, in both situations, small missteps can lead to wide-ranging and potentially catastrophic consequences. As an M&A practitioner,