With an analysis of 642 private-target acquisitions ($121 billion) that closed between 2016 and 2018, this year’s study is powered by MarketStandard®—the most comprehensive source of data on “what’s market” in private-target M&A. Key insights into the 2019 Buy-Side Reps and Warranties Insurance Deal Terms Study include:

  • Correlation to Deal Characteristics: Buyer Power Ratio is highly correlated with the decision to use Buy-Side RWI in acquisitions involving publicly-traded, strategic buyers. The closer Buyer’s market cap is to the transaction value, the higher the probability that Buy-Side RWI will be used.
  • Effect on Financial Terms: Separate purchase price adjustment escrows appear in 79% of deals with Buy-Side RWI and 21% of deals where RWI is not identified. Compared to what we saw last year, this gap is narrowing as use of a separate PPA escrow appears to be catching on with the M&A market more broadly.
  • Effect on Representations and Warranties: Sellers continue to demand that representations and warranties minimize the risks not covered by the Buy-Side RWI policy. For example, over 90% of deals with Buy-Side RWI contain neither a 10b-5 nor a full disclosure representation and warranty.

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