DOJ Offers More Incentives to Self-Report Wrongdoing in M&A Transactions – WSJ

Companies can face more lenient treatment if they report to prosecutors potential criminal misconduct uncovered during the merger and acquisition process, a senior official at the Justice Department said.

Under a new policy announced Wednesday, an acquiring company that discloses potential wrongdoing at a company being acquired within six months of the deal closing date—and fully cooperates and fixes the underlying problems within a year of closing—can presume it won’t be prosecuted by the Justice Department.

Source: DOJ Offers More Incentives to Self-Report Wrongdoing in M&A Transactions – WSJ