Target Operating Model Design: How and Why to Prepare Your Bank for Your Next Acquisition

Target Operating Model Design: How and Why to Prepare Your Bank for Your Next Acquisition

Integrating two banks can a time-consuming, expensive, and demanding process, which is why it’s important to plan early and comprehensively. It’s common for banks to experience missteps leading up to and following an integration, which can result in poor experiences for customers and employees – at worst, resulting in unwanted attrition of customers and employees.…

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Cybersecurity Diligence in Private Equity Transactions: A Q&A with Experts Who Have Completed Hundreds of Deals

Cybersecurity Diligence in Private Equity Transactions: A Q&A with Experts Who Have Completed Hundreds of Deals

Cybersecurity. It’s something that you need to be aware of both when you’re looking to acquire and once you’ve acquired in the continued day-to-day operations of the company. You don’t want to risk your data being exposed, being embarrassed, or suffering financial loss. Alex Agran, host of the Private Equity Technology Podcast, recently interviewed two West Monroe...

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Four Takeaways from the 2018 TOPO Sales and Marketing Summit

Four Takeaways from the 2018 TOPO Sales and Marketing Summit

This year’s annual TOPO Summit was billed as “the only event where the world’s best sales and marketing leaders share exactly what they do to achieve scalable revenue growth.” The specificity of that statement, it turns out, was quite accurate. The two-day event featured a one-hour welcome and broad industry overview from TOPO CEO Scott Albro, but the remaining time focused on breakout...

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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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