Mergers and Acquisitions to Live up to Their Promise

More than half of all mergers and acquisitions (M&A) fail to achieve the results that were originally envisioned. Crowe Horwath LLP brings valuable expertise to M&A transactions, helping private equity groups accurately assess the initial opportunity and risk, help confirm the proposed deal offers sufficient return on investment, and then accelerate the transition after the deal, to confirm successful integration and added value to the firm’s portfolio:

  • M&A due diligence. It is essential to scrutinize financial statements carefully, to determine that they provide a true representation of the company’s historical performance and current financial position. Crowe’s M&A due diligence goes beyond the obvious to alert you to potentially unexpected earnings adjustments or tax liabilities, while still meeting the highly demanding timeframes that drive most M&A transactions.
  • M&A information technology (IT) due diligence. This structured exploration and analysis of business systems helps uncover hidden risk related to IT, including hardware, communication, personnel, and policies and procedures. In addition, Crowe’s expertise is invaluable in assessing potential IT security, integration, and intellectual property issues that could greatly affect the ultimate value of the deal.
  • M&A operational due diligence. The more you understand about the company you are targeting, the more confident you can be that you have made the right choice. Operational due diligence addresses all aspects of a seller’s business, including customer relationships, human resources, facilities and equipment, IT systems, environmental risk exposure, and supply chain vulnerability, to determine the acquisition adds genuine value to the portfolio.
  • M&A integration. Integration after the deal is closed presents challenges unlike those encountered in any other business process. Crowe has developed a comprehensive program to guide companies through the critical and intense first 100 days after the deal closes, using a variety of proprietary tools to help you achieve “speed to value.”


Crowe’s M&A solutions help private equity firms minimize risk and realize the full value that originally drove the transaction, while also embedding new tools and skills to enhance the success of future acquisitions. In short, Crowe helps you get the deal done – and make the deal work.




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Doug B. Schrock
Managing Principal, Manufacturing and Distribution Services