Exposure Checklist Expanding In M&As

Risk managers at companies involved in mergers and acquisitions need to be part psychologist, part psychic and part Houdini. They need to understand and work with employees at the company to be acquired, look for potential exposures and somehow try to bring it all together.

Richard Inserra, assistant treasurer at Praxair, Inc., an atmospheric gas company based in Danbury, Conn., said a risk manager should have the same concerns with an acquisition that “you would with your own organization.”

Most important these days, he said, is assessing the threat of a terrorist act against the acquisition. “How vulnerable and how visible it is are factors,” he said.

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