Addressing data protection issues

Author: | Published: 23 Feb 2017

Matthias Bürge, Andreas Moll and Charlotte Rupf from Prager Dreifuss assess the importance of data protection considerations in M&A due diligence

Companies face a challenge when it comes to different compliance rules, with the legal framework applicable to data protection playing an important role in this process. Data protection awareness in Europe may have substantially increased in the past few years but is nevertheless often an underestimated issue. Special attention should be paid to the topic in M&A transactions.

If companies or their assets are transferred in the context of an M&A, the transfer and processing of data may be at issue in various respects and at several stages of the transaction, be it (i) in connection with its preparation (disclosure of information to potential acquirers), (ii) in the context of its completion (actual data transfer (namely in asset deals)) or (iii) in connection with the...



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