AI-ML top technologies to impact M&A due diligence, says survey

According to a survey of EMEA M&A professionals conducted by Merrill Corporation, artificial intelligence and machine learning (46%) and predictive analytics (37%) as the technologies that will have the most long-term transformative impact on M&A due diligence. Notably, however, blockchain technology was not identified as a technology with a transformative role.

Merrill Corporation is a SaaS provider for professionals in the deal-making community. A total of 539 M&A professionals from Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EMEA) were surveyed by Merrill Corporation and Euromoney in July 2018. The data gathered from the survey informed the DueDiligence2022 report.

Source: Merrill Corporation

More than any other factor, 32% of those surveyed said that being able to harness the information with data analytics technologies would most help in accelerating the due diligence process. Over the next five years, EMEA M&A professionals expect technology to change the due diligence process by providing greater security (63%), supporting deeper analytical capabilities (61%), and simplifying the entire process (45%).

Other findings showed that 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%) citing the compliance and data protection employed by the target company as a primary reason a transaction did not progress. Additionally, 66% 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.

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