Mergers and acquisitions have been on the upswing in recent years, with businesses of all sizes and industries learning how to navigate the process. Laura A. Colca, a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Corporate Law and Transactions and Commercial Litigation and Arbitration groups, spoke with Buffalo Business First to provide tips on how to approach and facilitate mergers and acquisitions.
“I think that’s tempered by the legal constraints of the deal itself, because you still have to get financing in place and what the post-merger business will look like,” Laura explained when addressing the strong push to close deals in a timely manner. “While the market is hot and moving, you have to be careful to not push it through without doing the due diligence.”
Laura also discussed the importance of the culture, the people, communication, and contingencies when traversing a mergers and acquisitions. “You really have to educate and over-communicate to the employees and managers on what their roles are,” Laura emphasized. “If people don’t feel included, they’re not going to want to participate.”
Laura A. Colca is a skilled transactional and corporate counselor, intellectual property attorney, and litigator who brings more than 20 years of experience to her practice. Laura is a trusted legal advisor to a wide variety of clients, including manufacturing and technology companies, construction and development companies, retail and hospitality franchises, media entities, higher education institutions, nonprofits, and small and family-owned businesses. Whether acting as outside general counsel to a long-time client or parachuting in to handle a complicated matter, Laura’s practice includes high-value transactions; corporate formation, governance, and dissolution; commercial litigation and contractual disputes; and numerous matters related to trademarks, patents, and copyrights.