Session details

IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C4.1, Convention Centre, Level 4

Session information

Better safe than sorry
Room C4.1, Convention Centre, Level 4


Corporate and M&A Law Committee (Lead)
Professional Ethics Committee


After the frenzied years of M&A in the mid-2000s, where due diligence was at best a cost and at worst a nuisance, a new economic and regulatory environment has led to a complete change of attitude by buyers towards due diligence. Moreover, given the constant evolution of this environment, the risk of something occurring during the interim phase between signing and closing has dramatically increased. Part 1 of this session will focus on the new legal issues that have to be covered in due diligence when preparing for an acquisition as well as on the new tools that have become gradually available on the market to assist lawyers in their task. We will also investigate how legal advisers can play a key role in preventing or preparing the new owner-to-be and the target to better face future legal constraints or risks that are coming their way. Part 2 of this session will review what process can be set up to maintain a close watch on possible issues occurring between signing and closing, and the solutions to address these risks.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

André Dufour Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Montréal, Québec, Canada; Senior Vice Chair, Corporate and M&A Law Committee
Rodrigo Ferreira Figueiredo Mattos Filho, London, England; Special Projects Officer, Corporate and M&A Law Committee
Nicolas Piaggio Guyer & Regules, Montevideo, Uruguay; Secretary, Corporate and M&A Law Committee
Jean-Claude Rivalland Allen & Overy, Paris, France; Vice Chair, Corporate Governance Subcommittee


Valentina Cassata Standard Industries Inc, New York, New York, USA; Vice Secretary, Corporate Governance Subcommittee
Michael Coates Shell, The Hague, the Netherlands; Vice Secretary, Corporate and M&A Law Committee
Gabriella Covino Gianni Origoni, Rome, Italy; Secretary, Corporate Governance Subcommittee
Hermann Knott Kunz Law, Cologne, Germany; Member, Law Firm Management Committee Advisory Board
Paola Lozano Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, New York, New York, USA
Javier Magnasco Beccar Varela, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Claudio Undurraga PRIETO abogados, Santiago, Chile; Scholarship Officer, Professional Ethics Committee
Noah Waisberg Kira Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada