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Reverse Diligence in M&A: How Attorneys Can Use Red Teaming in the M&A Process

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As a former Naval intelligence officer who served with, among other units, SEAL Team 8, we regularly used a process called “Red Teaming” to expose problems in our own plans and processes. We tasked people with outside perspectives – members of different branches or specialties, different ranks, or even civilians – with the sole purpose of exposing flaws and weaknesses in our plans. In the M&A world, we have a similar concept – reverse diligence – which is an overlooked – but critical – part of a successful sale. The goal of reverse diligence is to look at your business from the perspective of a potential acquirer. This lets you find problems and mitigate them in advance of going to market. Reverse diligence is critical to a successful exit for your clients. 

Key topics to be discussed: 

  • What is Red Teaming?
  • How can we adapt its principles to Reverse Diligence?
  • Why is Reverse Diligence critical to a successful M&A process?
  • What can we learn from Reverse Diligence – and how can we fix problems ahead of time?

Available in States

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas Self Study

Program Categories

  • Administrative Law & Regulations
  • Business Organizations & Contracts
  • Contracts
  • Document Review
  • Federal Courts
  • Financial Regulatory
  • Florida Eligible
  • Legal Writing


  • Areas of Professional Practice : 1 Credit