Representations and warranties act as a safeguard against any undisclosed issues or hidden liabilities. They ensure that the buyer gains a comprehensive understanding of the true condition of the subject company.
Representations and warranties play a pivotal role in determining the valuation of the transaction. Accurate and true representations can justify a higher purchase price, while discrepancies might lead to negotiations and adjustments in the valuation.
In the event of misrepresentations or breaches, buyers can seek remedies such as indemnification, potential adjustments in the purchase price and other remedies designed to rectify discrepancies and protect the buyer’s investment.
Having said the above, it is essential for buyers to exercise due diligence and engage legal counsel to:
✅ Assess the scope and accuracy of the representations and warranties provided by the sellers.
✅ Understand the limitations and qualifications that may apply.
✅ Identify any red flags or discrepancies during the due diligence process.
✅ Negotiate for favorable terms and protections.
In conclusion, representations and warranties are crucial elements in any M&A transaction. They provide a safety net for buyers, ensuring transparency and protecting their interests. Remember, a well-informed buyer is a confident buyer.
#MergersAndAcquisitions #DueDiligence #BusinessTransaction #LegalInsights #BuyerBeware