Indira Gillingham, senior manager, and Mike Stimpson, senior manager at Deloitte Consulting LLP, provide practical advice on using ASD to achieve a quick and clear separation. An ASD can expedite the negotiation process and financial conclusion by allowing the agreement to be reached without waiting for the buyer to assume responsibility for all critical support services. Often, the seller must rely on his own suppliers and service providers to provide services to the company after closing. Determine whether the seller has sufficient rights under its existing upstream contracts and licenses to provide the requested services on its own, or whether third-party agreements and licenses need to be entered into or modified with vendors and service providers. Consider the criticality and complexity of the services requested, as well as the cost and timing of the conclusion or modification of third-party agreements (given the possibility of third parties having reasonable leverage and little incentive to provide short or transitional services). When a business is sold as part of an AM transaction and the seller continues to provide support services to the post-closing business, the parties to the transaction will enter into a Transitional Services Agreement (TSA) that regulates the provision of such services to the post-closing company. Depending on the complexity of the transitional service agreement and the critical nature of the services provided, ASDs can range from short, back-office administrative agreements with an agreement on setting fees in the future and without formal service standards, to comprehensive service agreements with a defined scope, service levels, variable pricing rules and detailed data protection rules. The comments and questions that follow make it better to “do things you need to do yourself,” not “that`s what they need to do to have a successful ASD” – in addition to the fact that all participants should be communicated to each other and that the agreement should be very detailed. Transition service agreements can be extremely difficult to manage if they are not properly defined. As a general rule, poorly developed ASDs give rise to disputes between the buyer and the seller over the extent of the services to be provided.
An ASD is a fairly accurate business example for real events: Mom and Dad help with their son`s expenses for the first few months he works, but pretty quickly he is able to take care of everything on his own. It`s not that an ASD on his face is complex; But that`s what`s in the TSA agreement, which brings a lot of headaches and potential hiccups.