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Mergers and acquisitions in the software industry: Foundations of due diligence

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Goals of this book

Goal #1: Create a holistic view of mergers and acquisitions
in the software industry and to introduce post merger integration planning as an integral part of due diligence.

Goal # 2: Point out the key differentiators of the software industry to other industries, like products and services, business models, ecosystem strategies, intellectual property management and frequency and speed of disruption and technological innovation.

Goal # 3: Lay the foundation for standardization of due diligence activities for software companies and to build a foundation for successful post merger integration planning in the due diligence phase.

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Chapters of the book

ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS: MODELS  FOR DUE DILIGENCE

In this section business models are defined. These business models are used in later chapters to run merger due diligence and risk detection.

FOUNDATIONS OF MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS  AND DUE DILIGENCE

What are processes for due diligence in mergers and acquisitions? What is the best organizational setup for due diligence and M&A? How does this impact merger due diligence? This and more is explained in this chapter.

FOUNDATIONS OF MERGER DUE DILIGENCE 

Here, we learn about the merger due diligence task, goals and execution of due diligence. We also see, how business models can be used to do better merger due diligence.

RISK AND RISK MANAGEMENT

Risks and their management are paramount in mergers and acquisitions. In merger due diligence you try to identify them and define mitigations. Here, we learn that good coverage of the business model regarding risks improves due diligence.

FOUNDATIONS OF THE SOFTWARE BUSINESS

How can you leverage specific software business knowledge for due diligence? This chapter tells it all.

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Praise for the book

Praise

„Crafting a worthwhile exit for the companies shareholders is the key to successful Fund Management.  Karl‘s book gives us the insights how especially software M&A transaction are analysed and accomplished in one of the largest software  vendor. His insights in the strategic contribution of software as the core element of the business model and how to evaluate and methodologically analyse this through the due diligence process is unique and very valuable.“

Adriaan Ligtenberg

Adriaan Ligtenberg is a serial entrepreneur, private equity investor and business angel living in Europe (Amsterdam), Silicon Valley (Stanford) and Asia (Tokyo). Adriaan has created, invested, merged and sold a number of software companies. His recent projects includes ICE House, a Mobile Apps developer (spin-out of Yahoo Indonesia), an LTE semi-conductor company, PrivateSky cloud services and the First Bank of Rock just to name a few.

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Quotes

"The most active and successful technology M&A acquirers pursue extensive due diligence to assess the potential risks of a particular acquisition. This includes a detailed review of a potential target's products and underlying technology, customer/partner opportunities, contracts & obligations, assessment of the target's employees, and a detailed review of a Company's business model & financial position, among other areas. Many acquirers will have very large teams and a highly structured way to go about this process, which (along with the large volumes of information that is typically requested) creates a very demanding and time consuming process for a potential seller. So potential targets need to prepare for this process well in advance of receiving an LOI by gathering the key due diligence information and populating a data room that an acquirer can look at on"Day 1" of the diligence process. Advance preparation can streamline the due diligence process and sends a strong signal to the acquirer that the target is serious about getting a transaction done. "

Scott Card

 Scott Card is a partner in the Investment Banking group at AGC Partners, focused on enterprise infrastructure, including storage, cloud/virtualization, big data, and security. In his 18+ years as an investment banker, Scott has completed more than 50 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and equity/debt financing transactions. Prior to joining AGC Partners, Scott was part of Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown's Technology Investment Banking Group in Boston, Associate in Mergers & Acquisitions at SBC Warburg and an Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Merrill Lynch & Co.

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(C) Dr. Karl Popp 2015

Title: Mergers and Acquisitions in the software industry - Foundations of due diligence

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