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Analysis of Recent Trends in Warranty Insurance in Private Equity M&A Transactions

Although Warranty Insurance in M&A transactions was a novelty product five to ten years ago, Warranty Insurance has now become an industry standard in Europe, largely thanks to its wide use by private equity firms who have been at the forefront of this trend. Not only is Warranty Insurance popularly used by private equity funds to "bridge the gap" between the buyer and seller in M&A negotiations, it has become a powerful tool to achieve cleaner exits through the reduction of residual seller liability (allowing private equity funds to return 100% of the purchase price proceeds to their investors immediately postcompletion). This Insight looks at the current trends in the use of Warranty Insurance in private equity transactions.

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