Chris Stafford and Paul Cotter to discuss open source in M&A transactions at FLIGHT Boston 2019
Based on extensive experience in M&A, Chris Stafford and Paul Cotter will share insights into what buyers need to know and how they operate during a transaction, what sellers need to do to prepare, and how OSS management should fit within a broader security governance program.

Buyers are becoming more focused and sophisticated during a transaction 

Given the risk inherent in license compliance, buyers need to have a focused approach to evaluating a company's OSS risk ahead of closing a transaction. Without a holistic approach with skilled legal and technology advisors, buyers can mis-judge the risk contained within the asset they're seeking to acquire.

Sellers need to be prepared well in advance of a transaction 

While most companies neglect proper sale preparation, the imperative to be well-prepared ahead of a transaction is increasing. Sellers need to understand how buyers are going to react, how they need to respond, and how to avoid situations that can delay or (even worse) kill a deal.

OSS management should fit into a broader security program 

Open source and license compliance is a key tenant to a mature product development lifecycle and a full "DevSecOps" program. The "shift left" trend is also influencing how organizations need to be taking a more proactive approach to managing open source licenses.



Wednesday, September 18, 2019
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM EST


The Liberty Hotel Boston
215 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114