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Sharpen M&A with compliance and ethics due diligence

Rebecca Rohr ( is a Vice President of Anti-Corruption & Global Trade in the Ethics & Compliance Office of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Washington, DC.

Companies that are evaluating targets for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) should include compliance and ethics in their due diligence—but these issues are sometimes overlooked in the fast pace of the deal. Compliance and ethics professionals can make a convincing case to their colleagues handling the M&A deal to ensure that diligence on a target company includes legal and regulatory compliance and the company’s culture of ethics. Such M&A diligence is even more important in light of compliance challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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