Take-aways from the HP/Autonomy Case

06 February, 2013 | (01 hr)

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Much has been covered in the literature of what target companies should do to prepare for an acquisition. On this Governance Watch, our panel will discuss what acquirer companies should think about with respect to governance, accounting, and diligence, using the recent HP/Autonomy case as a starting point for discussion. Our panel will cover issues such as:

  • The governance aspects of acquisition due diligence
  • Disclosure and accounting issues, including: 
    • Disclosure of internal investigations
    • Disclosures on government investigations
    • Goodwill valuation
    • Auditor role
  • Litigation exposure

Audience: Corporate Directors, General Counsel, Chief Financial Officers, Audit Officers, M&A Counsel, Corporate Secretaries, Chief Governance Officers, Corporate Governance Managers, and Board Advisors


Nicolas Grabar

Nicolas Grabar
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP


Practice focuses on international capital markets and securities regulation and on the representation of large reporting companies. Mr. Grabar plays a primary role in the firm’s work for clients including leading Mexican...Full Bio

Matthew Salerno

Matthew Salerno
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Matthew P. Salerno is a partner based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Mr. Salerno’s practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions, particularly public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and contests for co...Full Bio

David Wells

David Wells
Partner, Transaction Advisory Services
Ernst & Young

David Wells is a Partner in the New York Transaction Support practices supporting corporate and private equity clients on acquisitions and divestitures.

David has more than 20 years of transaction experience in a variety of industries including process outsourcing, business services, cons...Full Bio

Agnes Fedyk

Agnes Fedyk
Principal, Transaction Advisory Services
Ernst & Young

Agnes a principal in the New York office of the Ernst & Young LLP’s Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) group focusing on Valuation & Business Modeling.  Her responsibilities include managing the valuation of business enterprises, intangible assets and equity and debt inte...Full Bio

Marcel Bucsescu

Marcel Bucsescu (Moderator)
Program Director, Council of Chief Legal Officers
The Conference Board

Marcel Bucsescu serves as Co-Program Director of The Conference Board Council of Chief Legal Officers. Bucsescu is also executive director of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School, where he leads fundraising, events, special research project...Full Bio

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