Confidential information and agreeing not to use it for competitive purposes: Matters concerning the due diligence investigation are to be treated in confidence and the purchaser will not either directly or through his representatives divulge any such information. The purchaser is also bound not to use the information gained through due diligence investigations in competition with the seller even if the proposed sale falls through.
Some Facts to Keep in Mind About The Letter Of Intent 1.) Don't accept an LOI that grants the buyer exclusive negotiation rights unless the Due Diligence period is short. 10┰ days of DD is sufficient for most small businesses. Some buyers will ask for exclusivity and a 2 month DD period. Your other prospects will eventually lose interest, leaving you with just one buyer. Then your one buyer will start asking for all sorts of concessions from you.