Mergers & Acquisitions

Resources: Glossary

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Letter of Intent (LOI)


A preliminary agreement that outlines the essential terms of an acquisition and signifies the parties’ commitment to start due diligence and begin working toward a purchase agreement.

See Also

Due diligence, exclusivity, go-shop, NDA, purchase agreement


A letter of intent is replaced by a purchase agreement prior to closing.

Related Resources

M&A Basics | The Letter of Intent

M&A Closing Process | A Complete Guide