The Price Mechanism is the heart of the Purchase Agreement and the hinge between lawyers and M&A advisors and Private Equity Funds.
In theory, M&A and Private Equity practitioners have the choice to determine the purchase price either via closing accounts or via a locked box mechanism. Whereas both mechanisms have pros and cons, in practice often a "one size fits all" solution does not meet all needs.
This leads to innovative formats which address the practical challenge resulting from distant effective dates and the need to bridge the uncertainties of longer periods not covered by financial statements.
These solutions can be supported by Warranty & Indemnity Insurance structures.
Aspects of these new hybrid purchase price formats are until now rarely discussed in the relevant literature. The article in the link sheds light on the mechanics and application of these new hybrid formats.