Survey says GDPR burdens hinder M&A transactions

An increasing number of M&A transactions may be stalling because of concerns over GDPR compliance, according to a survey of EMEA M&A professionals conducted by Merrill Corporation, the SaaS provider for professionals in the deal making community, the company said.

Overall, the survey highlights the significant role due diligence plays in determining M&A success, while providing insight into the challenges faced by M&A professionals today.

The implementation of the EU´s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) stood out as a major hurdle for mergers and acquisitions, with more than half of respondents (55 percent) citing the compliance and data protection employed by the target company as a primary reason a transaction did not progress.

Additionally, 66 percent of those surveyed believe that GDPR will increase acquirers´ scrutiny of the data protection policies and processes of target companies, further complicating the deal-making process.

Merrill Corporation is a global provider of SaaS solutions for M&A, communications and secure business collaboration. Clients trust Merrill´s innovative applications, unparalleled customer service and in-depth subject expertise to successfully navigate the secure sharing of their most sensitive content. Their flagship product, Merrill DatasiteOne, helps users in over 170 countries close more deals, faster.