Effective M&A Transactions: How to Streamline Your M&A Due Diligence Process

Price: $0 OnDemand

Kristen Prohl
Vice President, Chief Regulatory Counsel, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Ani Kusheva
Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Matthew Eckford
QuickDocs Commercial Lead, TMF Group


This is a complimentary program sponsored by TMF Group.

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Due diligence remains one of the most important parts of the M&A process and is essential for a successful transaction. Prior to engaging in the due diligence process, the parties to a transaction need to prepare effectively on both the sell-side and the buy-side by setting proper goals.  Vast amounts of data and information must be shared and analyzed when disposing or acquiring assets, and participants to a transaction must know how to properly allocate roles and responsibilities to effectively manage the due diligence process.

Join us for this 60-minute program where our panelists will discuss the overall M&A due diligence process, how to prepare for M&A due diligence, and the future of due diligence.

Educational Objectives:
Program participants will learn:
• How to set key aims and the right scope to get the most out of M&A due diligence
• How to efficiently use external counsel and properly allocate roles/responsibilities
• Tips and tricks to reduce the labor-intensive due diligence process

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Corporate attorneys advising domestic and global companies; in-house counsel; accounting professionals advising companies; executives of domestic and global companies.

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Ms. Kristen Prohl is Vice President, Chief Regulatory Counsel for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., a leading hotel and leisure company. She joined the company in 2006 as a Director, Associate General Counsel, to provide legal support for North American hotel development deals and has been successively promoted to various legal and compliance roles of increasing responsibility. Within months of joining the company, she was tapped to provide legal counsel for Starwood’s Europe, Africa and Middle East divisional teams located in Brussels, Belgium, and was subsequently promoted to Vice President, EAME. In 2010, she served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel for the global corporation and returned to the US to serve in a broad-based, corporate generalist role with oversight for securities compliance, core corporate contracting and corporate governance. Ms. Prohl successfully advocated for a stronger focus on the regulatory risks for public corporations, leading to her promotion to the newly created position of Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and establishment of a legal Compliance department.  In this role, she built and led the Compliance team, hiring global personnel and establishing strategic plans across all areas of compliance, as well as developing and implementing all systems, policies and procedures for a premier anti-corruption compliance program. Ms. Prohl also oversaw corporate policy development, employee training and managed internal investigations in this role. In 2014, she transitioned into a broader regulatory role as Vice President, Chief Regulatory Counsel with accountability for all securities compliance and related regulatory matters for the company, including SEC and NYSE compliance, oversight of corporate governance matters, subsidiary maintenance, and legal support for Board of Director governance, M&A, capital markets and other strategic transactions. Ms. Prohl also serves as corporate counsel for core corporate teams, including Finance, Accounting, Treasury, Tax, Global Compensation and Global Citizenship, partnering with business teams to achieve deliverables.

Ms. Prohl currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Westchester County NY/Southern Connecticut Chapter. She holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.


Ms. Ani Kusheva focuses on corporate matters, including cross-borders mergers and acquisitions, public company takeovers, joint ventures and private equity transactions.  Her recent experience includes advising, among others: Hellermen Tyton Group PLC in its U.S. $17 billion acquisition by Delphi Automotive PLC; CJSC Sibur Holding in the US$1 billion sale of its mineral fertilizer business to CJSC Holding Company Siberian Business Union; Capgemini S.A., a consulting company based in France, in its U.S.$1.3 billion merger with Kanbay Inc.; and the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. in its sale of International Derivatives Clearing Group, LLC to LCH.Clearnet Group Ltd.  She earned her D.E.S.S. from University Francois Rabelais, Tours.   She is licensed as a solicitor in England and Wales.


Mr. Matthew Eckford is an experienced and qualified Corporate Secretary.  Having qualified within the Big 4, he is part of the Global Pre-Sales team at TMF Group and was recently appointed as the Commercial Lead for TMF Group’s QuickDocs global solution; a one-stop global solution to order due diligence documents from jurisdictions around the world.


Mr. Eckford has significant experience with a wide range of international due diligence exercises, having setup and run data rooms in a professional advisory capacity and also in-house. This experience together with his global corporate governance background provides a unique insight into the processes and systems that support effective due diligence in multinational corporates.      

Mr. Eckford lives in the Greater London area (UK) and is married with two children.