Mergers & Acquisitions

Historical Research is a Core Component of M&A Due Diligence

Before and during a merger or acquisition there are many reasons for companies to engage in research and analysis.

As you work through the complex process of blending the operations, finances, and marketing of two or more companies, let our team provide an independent, experienced perspective to uncover sources of potential litigation and to retain the relevant legacies of both companies.

HAI’s expansive knowledge of business history and its applications presents companies the opportunity to outsource whatever the need to our specialists, including identifying legacy liabilities, conducting corporate succession research, and post-merger record management, and corporate and brand heritage services.

Through decades of experience and thousands of projects, we, and our clients, have discovered just how valuable it is to address these elements as early as possible during the M&A process.

Explore HAI Mergers & Acquisitions Services

Pre-Merger Corporate
Genealogy Research

Identify original ownership,
acquisitions, mergers, property sales, and property ownership.

Pre-Merger Due Diligence
Investigation

Identification of adverse litigation,
violations, sanctions, and negative events in the company’s history.

Pre-Merger Competitive
Intelligence

Identify and analyze the company’s direct competition.

Historical Exhibit
Project

Create a project that celebrates uniting two corporate cultures.

Document Retention
Overview

Review and identify the most important
documents to retain, with a focus on liabilities and historical materials.

Archive and Digitization
Process

Add to or create a corporate archive/library that includes merged company’s documents and honors records schedules.

HAI Pre-Merger Services

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Pre-Merger Corporate Genealogy Research

Identify original ownership, acquisitions, mergers, property sales, and property ownership.

M&A clients rely on HAI to undertake corporate succession research on target companies. The first task is to create a complete picture of the company’s past in terms of ownership.

Longer company legacies and more complex past company purchases are no issue; HAI has a proven process of research and validation to make sure that all potential leads are followed to their full extent and that liabilities can be examined with confidence that no stone has been left unturned.

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Pre-Merger Due Diligence Investigation

Identification of adverse litigation, violations, sanctions, and negative events in the company’s history. Conduct interviews with key former employees and vendors.

Within the merging or acquired companies, we can identify legacy environmental liabilities or asbestos litigation exposure, undertake audits of historical connections to the Atlantic Slave Trade and African Slavery, and a myriad array of other critical ESG risks. Our analytical knowledge and topical depth experience mean we can work within compressed M&A schedules, and our field researchers throughout the United States and around the globe give us near unlimited access to primary and secondary source documentation.

HAI is adept at identifying and uncovering hidden liabilities. Legal liabilities can extend back decades and a trusted M&A due diligence partner is vital to ensure that any potential transactional risks are identified prior to the consolidation of companies or their assets. Our team of researchers—including a licensed private investigator—can discreetly identify legacy liabilities that may adversely impact your acquisition strategy.

In short, HAI Mergers and Acquisitions Due Diligence services include:

  • Corporate succession/corporate genealogy research
  • Identification of legacy environmental liabilities, including Superfund exposure
  • Identification of asbestos litigation exposure
  • Identification and interview of former employees
  • Slavery era disclosure and compliance research
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Pre-Merger Competitive Intelligence

Identify and analyze company’s direct competition.

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Number of M&A deals in
the United States in 2021
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Number of M&A deals in the United States
in 2021 valued more than one billion dollars
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Value of M&A deals in the United States
in 2021 reached 2.6 trillion dollars

HAI Post-Merger Services

HAI’s multidisciplinary team can also provide support after the close of the M&A transaction with post-merger record management and information governance services as well as corporate and brand heritage services.

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Historical Exhibit Project

Create a project that celebrates uniting two corporate cultures.

Commemorative projects can help you attract customers, clients, and employees by leveraging the power of your history. Our clients have used history to build a brand identity that demonstrates excellence, values, and visions for the future. Branding your history will increase your public visibility, enhance your reputation, and inspire employees by showing the company's transformation and
longevity over time.

HAI Branded History services include:

  • Corporate book projects
  • Smartphone applications
  • Digital storytelling, exhibits and experiences
  • Blogs and other external or internal media
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Document Retention Overview

Review and identify the most important documents to retain, with a focus on liabilities and historical materials.

Effectively managed records are a key component to an effectively managed merger that achieves compliance, mitigates risk, and ensures that valuable information and knowledge is maintained on both sides of the brokerage line. HAI’s records managers and information professionals will partner with your records management, information technology, and legal teams to assess the current records management and information governance programs at an enterprise scale to provide tailored, prioritized feedback and policies; implement records disposition; and prepare and train your organization for long-term compliance and effectiveness in electronic records management.

HAI Records Management (RM) and Information Governance (IG) services include:

  • RM and IM program assessments
  • Data hygiene assessments
  • Retention schedule creation
  • File plan creation
  • Taxonomy development
  • Records disposition assistance
  • Project management
  • Staffing support
  • Training
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Archive and Digitization Process

Add to or create a corporate archive/library that includes merged company’s documents and honors records schedules.

In today’s social, economic, and global health environment, reliable digital information is more important than ever. An M&A transaction is an opportunity for an organization to transform from a paper-based, distributed data blackhole into a modern, digital information powerhouse.

Digital transformation must consider, plan, and implement change across a spectrum of organizational components: people, business processes, data management, industry regulations, and technology. It takes a special blend of change management, data structuring expertise, records management skills, and digital tools to achieve success across the full organizational information lifecycle.

Achieving a fully digital records and information management program will ensure that your organization’s employees, board members, and partners have ready, reliable access to the data they need to connect communities, improve mobility, and stimulate economic development. Increased digital access to your organization’s information will promote research, innovation, and public service now and for years to come.


HAI Digital Records & Archives services include:

  • Strategic planning services to digitally transform the company
  • Records hygiene services to archive, weed, and dispose of the old and new company’s records to achieve records management compliance
  • Taxonomy, metadata, and other information management support services establish consistent management of digital information.

Frequently Asked Questions

HAI researchers identify and uncover legacy and hidden risks in corporate, real estate, and financing transactions. We assist investors and buyers in understanding potential liabilities associated with purchasing an asset, company, or property.