Despite Heightened Attention To Cybersecurity Risks, Today’s Software Investors Don’t Feel Any Better Prepared

Despite Heightened Attention To Cybersecurity Risks, Today’s Software Investors Don’t Feel Any Better Prepared

During the first half of 2017, West Monroe and Mergermarket surveyed 100 senior private equity and corporate executives, all with organizations that have acquired at least one software firm over the past three years. Respondents cited various challenges to orchestrating a successful acquisition – one of the top among them being cybersecurity.…

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Unpleasant Discoveries: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Uncovered

Unpleasant Discoveries: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Uncovered

It’s every acquirer’s worst nightmare: you’ve spent countless hours vetting an M&A target, and after the deal goes through, you catch something. West Monroe Partners surveyed top-level corporate executives and private equity partners about their companies’ practices in order to better understand the state of cybersecurity diligence for M&A. The results provide a window into the trends...

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Integrating Data Security into Your Transaction Due Diligence Process

Integrating Data Security into Your Transaction Due Diligence Process

It’s hard to read the news these days without seeing another headline about a data breach. As companies rely increasingly on technology, the importance of securing customer information and intellectual property has increased exponentially—as has the cost of failing to keep data secure. Concerns about cybersecurity have become especially acute when it comes to M&A transactions.…

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Fighting Diligence Fatigue

Fighting Diligence Fatigue

You’re preparing for a transaction and advisory teams have descended upon you. For months, you’ve been answering the same questions and you’ve gotten tired of hearing yourself talk. Here’s how to prepare for a stream of diligences and fight the fatigue. The world of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can be thrilling with promises of potential.…

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Image is everything – and you no longer control yours!

In a world ruled by the immediacy of online and digital channels, companies need to face the fact that a consumer comes into contact with your brand well before you know about them!  Take a personal example: I recently found myself on Facebook and suddenly realized I’d clicked three degrees of Kevin Bacon deep and was now looking at pictures of my friend’s, friend’s new dog, trying to decide...

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Our Latest Banking Insights…and a request to hear from our readers!

For financial institutions, the initial outlook for 2013 doesn’t appear much different from what we’ve been experiencing the past two years: increasing interest rate pressure, lending volume stagnation and rising costs remain constant factors, and roadblocks, for future success.  Institutions continue to focus on growing and increasing bottom line profitability, and are looking...

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Hidden Costs of Custom Applications

When organizations evaluate the build vs. buy option for an application, there are significant advantages for custom-built applications. Many organizations focus on the significantly decreased capital investment as the main impetus towards building an application; however, there are additional advantages as well: Ability to customize functionality to precisely match the particular business...

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Six Key Reasons to Perform IT Diligence

The following are six key reasons to perform IT Diligence: 1.  Application Scalability:  Can Target’s system support 2-3x transaction volume or 100 additional users via an acquisition?  Can Target’s system support a new line of business?  Does Target utilize SaaS (Software as a Service) based solutions?  Understanding the platform and stability of Target’s applications are...

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Manufacturing & Distribution: Don’t Overlook the Operational Due Diligence

When it comes to due diligence for acquisitions in the manufacturing and distribution sectors, private equity firms often underemphasize the value of a thorough operational review. Manufacturing and distribution companies face a variety of operational challenges and issues that create high risk for an acquirer. Conversely, it is possible to turn these same challenges and issues into tremendous...

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Healthcare IT Due Diligence: More Important Than Ever

Healthcare spending accounts for nearly 18% of the U.S. GDP, so it’s not surprising that the industry continues to attract billions of dollars in annual investment from private equity firms. Private equity interest in healthcare remains strong despite industry transformative pressures, reduced reimbursement and the uncertain impact of our evolving national health policy.…

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