In a continually evolving and increasingly global business environment, the success of an M&A transaction requires companies to put corporate governance at the top of their due diligence process. If carried out assiduously, pre-acquisition due diligence into a target company's corporate governance processes could go a long way to rebuilding confidence in M&A transactions.

Addressing the nation from the Oval Office thirty-four years ago, President Jimmy Carter made famous the phrase "crisis of confidence." With numerous studies suggesting that as many as nine in every 10 M&A transactions fall short of expectations, it is not surprising that analysts often utter the former president's refrain when commenting on deal prospects.

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