If you are a private equity or venture capital firm buying or investing in a company - understanding the target's technology can be of crucial importance. Perhaps you are an IT staff member who has been asked by your company to evaluate a potential acquisition?
Our team of experts with years of experience and established due diligence methods, quickly identify the key issues you need to be aware of before you acquire.
A merger or acquisition is a very stressful time for all parties concerned. There are lots of different streams of activities that need to be done, normally in a very tight time frame particularly when there are competitive bids or market pressures.
In addition, a key driver for this work is the savings that can be achieved in the back office - in particular merger and integration of IT systems.
Whilst a focus on systems is particularly important in businesses where there is online transaction processing or higher volumes of transactions taking place, it is just as applicable to a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ business as for a company whose IT is core to it performance as failures of systems and data can soon bring a company down to its knees.
We first gain an understanding of your need as an investor. Whilst we have generic things that should be covered we first develop the scope around want your needs, hopes, ambitions and projections for the business are in the coming years.
The report we produce is usually presented in a debrief workshop meeting where we explain the results of our findings for your review and feedback. We discuss the issues identified, their relative importance and the options for resolving them.
Our consultants have many years of experience of technology due diligence situations. One of the most pressing things we recognise is that time is of the essence especially when considering exclusivity periods that can be quite limited. Typically we initiate very quickly on these transactions and undertake the work in a few weeks from start to finish including (as required) a final review workshop.
In today's environment we are well aware that transactions are often cross-border. Our team of consultants have worked around the world. Whilst most technology we encounter is based around English, we have worked in areas where there are barriers to the English language. We undertake this by using our consultants that speak that language or by seeking local help.
With our specialist understanding of cloud-based services we also advise our investing clients on whether the transaction can be made smoother, more efficient and cost-effective by using cloud-based systems either during and immediately after the transaction or on an ongoing basis.
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