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Due Diligence is critical in any business transaction. When Open Source software is part of any merger or acquisition, it is essential to have full insight into its composition and integrity. If your business is aiming to be acquired, evaluating potential purchase targets, or establishing a benchmark valuation for digital properties, we can advise and guide you.

Identify software risks that could impact the value of acquired IP

By understanding potential risks associated with Open Source software, security flaws and code quality issues, you can protect the value of the deal. By identifying these issues early on, you can avoid problems down the road.

If you're looking to buy or sell a software company, you need to be aware of the potential risks associated with Open Source code. Traced can help you mitigate these risks through our compliance, security, and code quality solutions. By ensuring that your transaction is compliant with Open Source licenses, you can protect your financial interests and reputation.

OSS Audit Services for Mergers & Acquisitions

We help businesses to undertake software due diligence and compliance in all kinds of industries. 

  • Delivering software code reviews for clients engaged in Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Acquiring tech companies
  • Investors investing in tech companies
  • Tech companies seeking investment
With our audit services, you can quickly and easily identify all Open Source components, licenses, and vulnerabilities in your codebase. This information is crucial for keeping your software up-to-date and compliant with industry standards.

We offer a range of OSS services to help your business build trust in your software supply chain.

The Benefits of Conducting an OSS Audit


An OSS audit can help ensure that your software products comply with all the relevant licenses - protecting your company from legal issues and fines.


An OSS audit can help identify and address any known security vulnerabilities in the OSS components used in your software, thus protecting your company and your customers from potential data breaches or other security incidents.

Brand Reputation

By ensuring that your software products are compliant and secure, you can protect your company's reputation and build trust with your customers.

Cost Savings

An OSS audit helps identify potential cost savings achieved by switching to alternative open source software or purchasing commercial alternatives.

Understanding the Software Stack

With our audit, you will gain a full insight into the modularity of software components; its documentation practices; source code organisation; and a map of the different modules within the code.

From a legal perspective our audit will provide insight into licensing obligations; a code’s compliance risk portfolio; highlight any development practices that may conflict with open source policies; and proprietary software assets.

As part of any commercial and Intellectual property due diligence, our audit will reveal critical business insights into the composition of code and how much value different areas of code adds to the software; and compliance with open source licenses in comparison to distributed products and services

How Traced Can Support Your Business with  M&A Due Diligence

Traced provides your business with a comprehensive open-source audit service covering everything from identifying OSS components, ensuring compliance with OSS licenses, managing security risks, and identifying cost savings associated with using OSS components.

We can also help you establish an ongoing open-source managed service that will help you to stay on top of the latest developments in OSS management. 

We'll enable your business to:

  • Improve efficiency
  • Streamline development processes and improve time-to-market 
  • Increase visibility and control over OSS components used in software products
  • Improve security 
  • Iidentify cost savings
  • Make informed decision

Our services also include identifying and remediating any potential security risks in the open source software of the newly acquired or merged company. With the increasing use of open source software in today's business, many open source components contain known vulnerabilities, and it's crucial to identify and fix them.

In addition, our audit services can help you make more informed decisions about using open source software in the newly acquired or merged company by providing visibility into the open source components used in their systems.

It's important to note that an open-source audit is not a one-off exercise but a continuous process. The OSS landscape is constantly changing, and new vulnerabilities and licensing issues are discovered regularly. Therefore, it's essential to have an ongoing open-source audit process in place to ensure that the company's software products remain compliant and secure.

Our experienced OSS professionals can guide you through the M&A Due Diligence process, providing advice and support. Get started with a free assessment to learn more and book a call.

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