Dealmakers can expect to add at least one month onto their due diligence timelines because of investor risk avoidance and the intangible nature of many companies' assets. The extended process now includes industry specialists in addition to the legal and financial expects that are traditionally involved in due diligence, says Michael Nall (pictured), founder of the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisers, a middle market business networking association. The alliance is hosting its Summer Conference from July 9 through July 11 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, with a section devoted to valuing and identifying intangible assets, Nall says.

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