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Due Diligence Data Essentials: Mitigating Risk in M&A


This is a virtual event, accessible over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


This is a complimentary program sponsored by Ankura.

In M&A deals today, the parties have access to huge volumes of data which they can use to identify and solve for key risks.  However, attorneys today are still struggling to use this data effectively in their due diligence process, leaving them exposed to unexpected costs and risks.

Join us for this 60-minute webinar where our panelists will discuss the critical steps in the due diligence process, and where the key risks arise today in an M&A transaction.   Our speakers will discuss how to collect and use available data to analyze risk during the transactions through the implementation of new processes.

Educational Objectives:

• Understand key steps in the due diligence process today;
• Recognize the costs of improperly conducting due diligence;
• Learn how to collect and use data that will help to assess risk more effectively during due diligence.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?

In-house and outside counsel working with due diligence issues in corporate transactions.


Scott Crofton
  • Partner
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Scott Crofton is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group where he advises public and private companies, boards of directors and special committees on a broad range of complex high-profile mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. and a variety of cross-border transactions involving both U.S. and non-U.S. companies. Mr. Crofton also regularly advises clients in strategic alliances, joint ventures and corporate governance matters.

Most recently, Mr. Crofton advised Harris Corporation in its $35 billion pending merger of equals with L3 Technologies, the largest ever in the defense industry. Other selected clients include Advance/Newhouse, AT&T, DISH Network, Navistar, Standard Industries, Syneos Health (formerly INC Research), United Rentals and The Weir Group.

Rachael Dugan
  • Associate General Counsel, Chief Strategy & M&A Counsel
  • Marsh & McLennan Companies

Rachael Dugan is Associate General Counsel, Chief Strategy & M&A Counsel at Marsh & McLennan Companies.

She is responsible for M&A and other strategic initiatives globally at Marsh & McLennan Companies and its four operating companies (Marsh, Mercer, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman).

Rachael leads a team and drives legal guidance and execution of acquisitions, divestitures, investments, joint ventures and other strategic projects worldwide.

She specializes in cross-border acquisitions, investments and joint ventures and has led transactions in a variety of jurisdictions, including Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Argentina, South Africa, India, Australia, South Korea, Indonesia, Western Europe and UK.

Peter Gronvall
  • Senior Managing Director
  • Ankura

Peter is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura. He is an accomplished business visionary in the legal services and information-risk market place. He leads a global team of professionals that handles global investigations and large-scale litigation matters. Peter and his teams are routinely called upon to help corporate clients solve their most important legal needs as they relate to data-intensive requirements, especially as those matters implicate enterprise-level litigations and investigations. Peter’s engagements routinely involve C-suite executives, general counsel, and outside counsel, confronting legal matters that involve information and technology concerns.

By background, Peter is a Wall Street law firm attorney with an esteemed track record in founding and growing business ventures in the legal technology, cybersecurity, and corporate risk management sectors. Since leaving the law practice in 2006, Peter has established a sterling record as an accomplished business visionary with exceptional leadership and strategic competencies, culminating in growing and selling businesses in the legal services and technology market space.

For more than a decade, Peter has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where his academic focus is on the role of technology in disrupting and transforming the business of the legal practice.

Peter is a senior executive at Ankura, helping global corporate and law firm clients develop and leverage innovative technology solutions to solve challenges across a diverse portfolio of corporate risk concerns and legal matters. Peter and his team are at the leading edge of the industry, assisting companies and their lawyers confront their most difficult challenges in information security, eDiscovery, and investigations management.

Continuing Education

1.0 General COA, 1.0 CLE
A basic understanding of M&A due diligence.
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