I think we can pay attention in 2 aspects, first: in my opinion if the cultural gap is to “abyssal”, this red flag should be appear early; second: if the risk is to high and the target represent a threat to buyer, the position of the buyer could be a hostile takeover.
“The means justify the end”!!! unfortunately!
And, before the process gain a momentum (understand waste time and money), it led us to corroborate with the importance of a cultural and personal DD as early as possible, before the moment the target’s name exit from a project pipeline.
I completely agree! One big way you can show respect to the target company is by openly communicating with them. Especially at the start, ask what their different preferences are for things and work to accommodate those into your practices. Don’t be a powerhouse company that forces people to do things your way.
People and culture, and alignment of both for acquiring company and acquired company is very important, however, the financial viability of a deal has to be the first trigger for a successful acquisition.