Following a record year for global mergers and acquisitions, the market is still active with more than 600 transactions already announced. Often called to “get the deal done,” many M&A lawyers don’t realize they’re also functioning as project managers, explained Verrill Dana attorney Den White in a recent interview with Inside Counsel. By acting as a conscious project manager, attorneys can reduce deal friction, enhance communication and streamline the process overall.
As the founder and co-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Section’s Task Force on Legal Project Management in M&A Transactions, Den led efforts to offer attorneys a practical guide, recently published by the ABA, in using legal project management to streamline the handling of these types of deals. This new book, Using Legal Project Management in Merger and Acquisition Transactions: A Guidebook for Managing Deals Efficiently and Effectively, offers customizable tools that address each phase of the transaction, from pre-deal, to deal, to post-deal to billing.
Armed with more than 25 years of legal M&A experience across a broad range of industries, Den was previously the Chairman of the Global Board of Directors of the Association for Corporate Growth, one of the largest M&A membership associations in the world. He was also a contributing author and a member of the Editorial Committee for one of the ABA’s most widely read and used business law publications, the Model Stock Purchase Agreement with Commentary, Second Edition.
Den fully appreciates that the legal process is just that – a process, and one that can be managed to achieve a client’s objectives more efficiently and effectively. Legal project management is a practice that Verrill Dana's transactional lawyers are implementing to streamline M&A dealmaking for their clients.
Please find more information and order a copy of, Using Legal Project Management in Merger and Acquisition Transactions, here.