Just starting with a DD I was also wondering how to void this. We have decided to go with external support and as mentioned in other posts with NDAs (even internal for the people working in the merger team)and secure data rooms. If this really helps, we will see.
Beyond the secure vdr and NDA’s and piaas, what we have found is that the absolutely crucial IP in a technology company might only be fully understood by one or two developers and CTO who created it. Others might have a broad understanding but might not know exactly how to recreate it.
Ensuring the IP is only known by these couple and doing everything possible to keep these individuals in the closet and out of sight and heavily rewarded has been our strategy. I’ll let you know if that works!
In my opinion, there are some actions you can take to prevent such data leakage such as signing mutual NDA, managing data transfer through VDR and limiting access to critical data to decision makers only.