With an analysis of 588 private-target acquisitions ($108 billion) that closed between 2015 and 2017, this study is powered by MarketStandard®—the most comprehensive source of data on “what’s market” in private-target M&A. Key insights into the Buy-Side Representations and Warranties Insurance Deal Terms Study include:


  • Effect on Deal Characteristics: Buy-Side RWI is more prevalent on deals for which the purchase price exceeds $50M, reflecting RWI insurers’ historical preference to focus on deals at or above that size, but increased competition in the RWI space is resulting in smaller deals now qualifying for RWI.
  • Effect on Financial Terms: Over 90% of deals with Buy-Side RWI contain a purchase price adjustment mechanism, and 82% of deals with Buy-Side RWI use a separate escrow to secure the purchase price adjustment.
  • Effect on Setoffs: While 84% of deals with earnouts that have no Buy-Side RWI allow buyers to offset indemnity claims against future earnouts, only 61% of deals with Buy-Side RWI allow it, and 33% of deals with Buy-Side RWI expressly prohibit such offsets. 
One significant correlation in this study is between the presence of Representations and Warranties Insurance and Buyer Power Ratio™, which is one of the five filters in SRS Acquiom MarketStandard. The Buyer Power Ratio, which we developed in conjunction with the American Bar Association Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, has two components:
  1. The market capitalization (market cap) of the buyer; and
  2. The purchase price paid by the buyer in the acquisition (including escrowed amounts, but not including potential earnouts).

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