7 Steps for M&A Due Diligence and Open Source Compliance

M&A hasn't slowed down despite uncertain times. In fact, a large percentage of companies are expediting their M&A transactions. One of the most important aspects of M&A is the standard due diligence process for technology acquisitions mainly focusing on the seller’s OSS and third-party disclosure documents. Without this process, you run the risk of creating a financial nightmare for the acquiring company and ruin your reputation in the process.

Here are the seven steps to follow for M&A due diligence. Whether you are acquiring or being acquired, FOSSA’s due diligence audits deliver the most comprehensive and accurate picture of your open source compliance, security, and quality risks.

7 Steps for M&A Due Diligence and Open Source Compliance covers:

Common vulnerabilities

The distribution of vulnerabilities across popular languages

Longitudinal trends in vulnerabilities over several years

The most prevalent CWEs in each language

Libraries with the most vulnerabilities

Best practices to keep your organization’s software free of vulnerabilities


Up to 90% of any piece of software is from open source, creating countless dependencies and areas of risk to manage. FOSSA is the most reliable automated policy engine for security management, license compliance, and code quality across the open source stack. With FOSSA, engineering, security, and legal teams all get

complete and continuous risk mitigation for the entire software supply chain, integrated into each of their existing workflows. FOSSA enables organizations like Uber, Zendesk, Twitter, Verizon, Fitbit, and UiPath to manage their open source at scale and drive continuous innovation.

Use Cases

Risk Mitigation

FOSSA users benchmark 47% fewer false-positives by finding dependencies they actually rely on earlier in the SDLC.

Continuous Compliance

Get 90% faster insight in your CI/CD workflows — an average of four weeks shorter compliance implementation time.

Due Diligence

Only FOSSA delivers the most complete open source audit for IPOs and M&As plus 5% annualized engineering savings in the first week alone.