Fairness Opinions Provide Solid Support for Business Decisions

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More and more boards are seeking out fairness opinions to assist and support their decision making and corporate governance process in transactions. While not a regulatory requirement, fairness opinion can be particularly relevant in situations where there is a potential conflict of interest, a need for business decision support at the board and/or management level, or where the success of a transaction would increase with the improved optics of an open, fair and transparent process.

In the following article, PwC partner Helen Mallovy Hicks discusses the relevance of fairness opinions, what companies should expect and the independence issues to consider. This article was originally published in the October 2007 issue of Lexpert magazine and is reprinted here with permission.