We work with private equity and venture capital firms, as well as legal and accounting practices, to give honest, actionable and unbiased advice. Whatever the size of the deal and whatever skills you need, if you’re buying, selling, or merging a business, we’re with you.
Our mergers and acquisitions service
What we do:
- Valuing assets
- Modelling financial projections
- Managing transactions
- Providing support after the completion of a merge
Our M&A services focus on supporting and augmenting you and your team throughout the deal cycle. We’ll even stick around post-completion should you need help with transition and integration. Given the opportunity, our supporting services support you creating longer term value in your business and synergies across your wider portfolio.
Our people pride themselves on understanding your priorities, speaking your language. Most importantly, we don't hide the truth. Even if this means challenging you when you need it most.
Looking for help with mergers and acquisitions?
If you're selling a business and need help to get ready, we're able to help. Or, if you’re thinking of buying a business or you’re an investor, we can help with that too. Our people will work alongside you and with you, and we'll always tell you the truth and challenge you when you need it.
We can deliver technology due-diligence alongside your legal, commercial and financial teams. Or we can help fix the risks technology presents to the deal, and work with you on integration or dis-aggregation projects. We can provide impartial advice and support, and even expert interim staff if you need them.
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Mergers and Acquisitions - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the role of IT in supporting Mergers and Acquisitions?
At Waterstons, we’re often surprised at the number of deals which go ahead without much thought given to the IT underlying the target. Will the NewCo be able to stand alone technologically? How suitable is it for integration into the buyer’s existing operations? Where can synergies be found? IT Due Diligence is vital when conducting dealmaking to ensure that risks are mitigated, operations are streamlined, and productivity is boosted.
Very often, technology is the business. Investment in any deal must be viewed as an investment in the technology that supports the business as much as the business itself. Are the company’s business and IT strategies aligned? Has the target’s IT applications, networks and physical infrastructure been designed in a way that will allow it to scale as the company grows, or will it become a constraint? Is the business’s IT cyber secure? Does its people know what to do in case of cyber-attack to keep operations running?
What is technology in M&A?
Technology plays an integral part in Mergers and Acquisitions, as quite often it forms part of, if not all of a business.
It streamlines processes, enhances efficiency, and provides valuable insights for effective decision-making throughout the entire M&A lifecycle, ultimately increasing the chances of successful transactions.
It involves leveraging digital platforms, software solutions, data analytics, and communication tools to facilitate due diligence, valuation, negotiation, integration, and post-merger activities.
What is technical due diligence in M&A?
Technology enables the efficient gathering, organisation and analysis of large amounts of data.
Due diligence in mergers and acquisitions therefore relates to the comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the target company’s technology infrastructure, systems and assets to identify any potential risks, opportunities and challenges.
The need to take technology into account in an M&A deal has never been clearer than it is now. The ability of an organisation to survive and thrive during unforeseen events lies in its skill in adapting rapidly to changing conditions in their markets, harnessing technology to do things differently and digitally. Paul Whillis, M&A Practice Lead discusses potential changes to due diligence here.
How can technology help M&A?
Technology can play a significant role in mergers and acquisitions, when used well. Not only can it help to streamline and automate the due diligence process, but it can help with integration, both before and after mergers.
Technology can help to support the integration of systems, processes and people from both organisations. Project management tools can assist in ensuring that mergers and acquisitions stay on track, and on time - ensuring smooth transitions and the ability to combine business operations seamlessly. And cybersecurity and data protection programmes can maintain the exchange of sensitive and confidential information safely and in line with regulations.
To summarise, technology enables greater efficiency, accuracy and speed in all stages of the M&A process. Here’s why you should care about technology in the M&A process.
What is digital stakeholder engagement?
Digital stakeholder engagement refers specifically to the utilisation of digital platforms and tools to interact and collaborate with stakeholders. For example, using online platforms such as websites, social media and online portals to engage with stakeholders in order to share information or receive feedback.
It could also refer to the use of tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams to enable virtual meetings, or survey and polling tools to gather data and understand stakeholder opinions and to answer any questions.
The benefits of digital stakeholder engagement are huge. It allows for enhanced participation from all parties, real-time feedback, and the ability to reach a wider audience efficiently. Inclusivity and data privacy do need to be considered, but when digital engagement strategies are implemented properly, the results are hugely beneficial.
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Is our current IT provision fit to support doubling our size?
Mpac GroupRead case study
Transition planning and execution for a complex carve-out
"Waterstons were the perfect partner to deliver on this detailed and complex programme of work. They clearly understood the challenges and were able to provide both breadth and depth of experience to rise to meet them."
Philip Dixon IT Systems Manager ZentiaRead case study
Of crumbs and crisps - the acquisition of a snack manufacturer
"We appreciated your team's support in the process of the acquisition. We look forward to the opportunity of extending our relationship in the wider business."
Managing Director Acquiring PartyRead case study
Supporting Evergreen Garden Care to grow
“Waterstons was committed to delivering the best possible results for Evergreen Garden Care from the beginning. We were impressed by how quickly the team understood our business needs and mobilised the right people with the right skills to deliver what we needed and when. The level of detail, care and diligence shown throughout the transition process which allowed us to carry on ‘business as usual’ was outstanding.”
Martin Lofnes CFO EvergreenRead case study
Working with our dedicated team
Our M&A team has decades of combined experience in technology and business and we can rapidly deploy our specialists. But, if we don’t know enough about a particular technology or system, we’re backed up by our wider team's experience. That means we can always call on our own technology specialists in everything from connectivity to bespoke software development and support.Meet our specialist team