Corporate executives have increasingly taken the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act into consideration as they conduct mergers and acquisitions, Bloomberg Law reports. Hogan Lovells Partner Scott Loughlin said the GDPR has forced executives to consider privacy with M&A deals and has led to more scrutiny “through the entire process.” Attorneys advise buyers to closely examine the data held by companies it plans to purchase and for sellers to be transparent about the information they possess. Morrison & Foerster Partner Christine Lyon said buyers want to know “if the companies are flexible to upcoming privacy laws, or are there conflicts that are inherently problematic. Companies buying data-driven technologies are taking a deep-dive before signing deals and thinking ahead to remediate any issues if they find them.”
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