Mergers and Acquisitions Security

Corporate Restructuring and Security Management


  • Edward Halibozek, MBA, Former Corporate VP of Security for a Fortune 100 company, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Gerald Kovacich, CFE, CPP, CISSP, Security consultant, lecturer, and author, Oak Harbor, WA, USA

In reaction to the continually changing business climate companies develop many business strategies to increase their competitiveness and improve profitability. Companies regularly reshape themselves continually exploring new markets and developing new products. When they can't expand into new markets or develop new products on their own, they seek alternatives. These alternatives include merging with or acquiring other companies to create a single more capable company. Companies acquire other companies for a wide variety of reasons. In some cases company survival may actually be the reason. What does this condition mean to the security professional? In the course of mergers and acquisitions, security plays a vital role in helping to make the endeavor successful. There are numerous titles on the business aspects of M&A such as the ones listed below. However, this unique book focuses on the role security plays in helping to make a merger, acquisition or divestiture successful. It addresses the fundamental security elements that are required to support the effort. In addition, it provides an integrated "how to" approach to implementing M&A security complete with methods and processes that have been quickly and cost-effectively implemented.
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Chief Security Officers (CSO's), security managers and security staff involved in a merger oracquisition, Information System Security Officers (ISSO's) and computer security professionalsinvolved in a merger or acquisition, private security consultants. Corporate Executives, HR Managers.


Book information

  • Published: April 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7805-6


"With great detail, Mergers and Acquisitions Security walks the security manager and his or her department through the processes that require security expertise to protect the assets of the corporation...the book is a "must read" for owners of security and private investigation agencies, as it clearly outlines how they can best protect their company or any other company involved in the process...where corporate security managers can prove their worth and existence to the corporate staff...The authors approach will assist security executives in staying focused on the process while ensuring that all aspects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures being considered by the company, whether friendly or hostile, are measured and well thought-out in advance."--P.I. Magazine (Professional Investigator), Oct-Nov 2006

"The value of Mergers and Acquisitions Security comes in its section on the uses and challenges of personnel protection (your M&A team members may experience personal risk, and dealing with this risk effectively is necessary if they are to do their work). The authors do a good job of identifying and explaining what you can expect from the protector and the protected…."

Table of Contents

What Are Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)?; The Current Global Business Environment. Is it Merger and Acquisition Friendly?; The Role of Security in Mergers and Acquisitions; Gathering Information and Producing Corporate Intelligence; Why Pre-Merger and Acquisition Support? Protecting the effort; Security for the Due Diligence Assessment; Post Merger Security - short term; Post Merger Support - Long Term; Divestitures; The Future of Mergers and Acquisitions Security.