Broadcast Date: Monday, April 26, 2021
from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)


Every year, new issues and strategies for merger and acquisition (M&A) due diligence continue to emerge.   The COVID-19 pandemic created new challenges and further elevated the importance of effective due diligence.   Dealmakers and their advisors need to be equipped with the knowledge and tools for effective diligence to complete great deals and avoid costly surprises.  Effective M&A due diligence does not happen by accident.   Dealmakers can learn and use best practices, strategies and tips to discover vital information essential to a successful acquisition.

In this CLE Webcast, mergers and acquisitions experts Joshua Butera of Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC and Harvey Koning of Varnum LLP will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of recent M&A due diligence trends and developments. They will offer a helpful guide in addressing common pitfalls in M&A transactions, especially in the post-COVID era. Speakers will also share best practices in implementing efficient M&A due diligence.

Key topics include:

  • M&A Due Diligence: Latest Trends and Developments
  • Impact of COVID-19
  • Practical Tips and Strategies
  • Outlook


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of M&A due diligence


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Harvey Koning, Attorney
Varnum LLP

Harvey is a corporate partner in the Grand Rapids office of Varnum LLP, representing businesses and owners in mergers, acquisitions and capital raising. Harvey advises buyers and sellers in transactions with values ranging from a few million dollars to over $100 million. Representative clients include manufacturers, financial institutions and technology companies. Harvey assists clients with due diligence, letters of intent, purchase agreements, transaction structure, indemnity mechanisms, representation and warranty insurance, and overall management of the transaction process. Harvey’s practice also includes corporate governance, family businesses, international transactions, securities regulation and executive compensation.

Joshua Butera, Attorney
Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC

Joshua J. Butera is a skilled business attorney with significant experience in all areas of corporate compliance, administrative, regulatory and contract law in the private and public sectors. He has successfully managed multi-million-dollar equity and property transactions in various industries including technology, banking and finance, and renewable energy, as well as acted as bond counsel to municipalities and private companies. He represents clients before state and federal courts. Attorney Butera earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law and his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Brown University. He is admitted to practice in Florida, Rhode Island, Massachusetts.



Harvey Koning, Attorney

Varnum LLP

  • Tips and strategies:  practical tips for effective due diligence.
  • Multi-sourcing:  multiple methods to uncover key diligence information.
  • Due diligence on a Paycheck Protection Program loan borrower.
  • Strategies for diligence on COVID-19 impact on employment, customer and supplier, data privacy and tax.

Joshua Butera, Attorney

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC

  • Material Contracts – getting the contracts you want to acquire (and leaving the ones you don’t).
  • Licenses and Approvals – spotting everything you need to operate the business after closing.
  • Corporate Authority – avoiding unexpected complications lurking in governing documents and statutes.
  • Real Estate – diligence issues specific to real estate.

Date & Time:

Monday, April 26, 2021

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • M&A Lawyers and Practitioners
  • Transactional Attorneys
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Legal and Compliance Executives
  • Risk and Compliance Officers
  • Top-Level Executives
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Harvey KoningAttorney
Varnum LLP
Joshua ButeraAttorney
Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC



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