Risk Cooperative CEO Dante Disparte sits down with Brunswick’s Siobhan Gorman to discuss how cyber attacks are redefining what “risk” means for M&A

The infamous political adviser Niccolò Machiavelli wrote, “Never was anything great achieved without danger.” Sage words for an aspiring politician, but not comforting for CEOs leading what they hope are transformative mergers or acquisitions.

Executives overseeing deals have undoubtedly heard that their businesses are vulnerable to cyber attacks. But how much more vulnerable are they when hosts of advisers and third parties are involved, millions – or billions – of dollars are at stake, and employees, customers, regulators, investors, and even the media are watching closely? The fallout from a 2016 cyber attack on Yahoo!, as it was in the process of being acquired by Verizon, lowered the deal’s price tag by $350 million.

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