Growing a Passion into a Successful Business: Lessons Learned from the ACG Women’s Forum

Growing a Passion into a Successful Business: Lessons Learned from the ACG Women’s Forum

Having worked with entrepreneurs in the past, I’ve found many startup founders were driven by either a desire to “get rich quick”, or a desire to be “their own boss”.  In certain rare cases, however, you run into a founder that built a business around a long-held passion.  Rosie O’Neill is just that kind of entrepreneur: one that built a business around the childlike love of candy and her...

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5 Thoughts on the CVS-Aetna Deal – From a Technology Integration Perspective

5 Thoughts on the CVS-Aetna Deal – From a Technology Integration Perspective

On Monday, pharmacy retailer CVS announced it is acquiring the health payer Aetna in a $69 billion deal. The unorthodox merger is raising many questions in the healthcare industry and M&A circles. Since every day West Monroe’s M&A practice helps merging companies understand their technology “to-do list” pre- and post-merger, we have several thoughts on what lies ahead for the new...

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Protecting M&A Portfolios from Cyber Threats – It’s Not Just the Obvious Targets

Protecting M&A Portfolios from Cyber Threats – It’s Not Just the Obvious Targets

We spend a lot of time these days talking with private equity investors about the importance of cyber security for their target and portfolio companies. While there is general agreement that it is critical to identify and mitigate potential cyber security risks, those efforts often focus only on the most obvious targets—companies dealing in credit card data, personal financial information, or...

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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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To Unlock Mid-Market Growth Potential, Focus Diligence on a Target’s Revenue Engine

To Unlock Mid-Market Growth Potential, Focus Diligence on a Target’s Revenue Engine

It seems that there is often a disconnect between private equity firms’ goals for mid-market investments and the amount of energy they devote to understanding the functions that support those goals. Research shows that—especially in the mid-market—growth is typically the cornerstone of a PE firm’s investment thesis. This makes intuitive sense; where targets are of smaller scale, there will...

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The Unsexy Side of Fintech

The Unsexy Side of Fintech

Fintech usually has a sexy connotation associated with it, so last week when I was in New York speaking at Bank Director’s FinXTech conference, I enjoyed the irony of being on a panel to discuss “The Unsexy Side of Fintech.” The conference primarily focused on discussing the impact of Fintech on the Financial Services industry, the current state of innovation, and what’s...

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