ICON and TLT bring together panel of leading international acquirers for ‘buy-and-build’ webinar

October 12, 2020

Buy-and-build opportunities for tech firms in the post-Covid world are to be explored at a webinar jointly staged by Bristol-based tech-focused investment bank ICON Corporate Finance and city-headquartered national law firm TLT.

A panel of leading international acquirers will look at tactics and best practices, as well-capitalised private equity funds go on the hunt for buy-and-build targets. 

The webinar – which is at 4pm this Wednesday, October 14 – will explain how this not just good news for tech companies seeking to embark on buy-and-build strategies, but for tech companies looking to be acquired or for those looking to become an acquirer.

Having focused on future-proofing portfolios during the early stages of the pandemic, private equity funded companies are sitting on war chests, actively seeking to expand portfolio companies’ operations and generate growth through acquisition.

Moderated by ICON partner Simon Moynagh, the free webinar’s pane; will discuss how well-capitalised private equity funds can provide financing and know-how to successfully implement and execute a buy-and-build strategy with the aim of creating a fast-growing platform business.

On the panel will be:

  • Brad Debold of US-based ERP Leader Aptean, which has successfully completed five acquisitions this year as part of its buy-and-build strategy (backed by private equity heavyweights TA Associates, Vista Equity and Charlesbank).
  • Melanie Campbell of Inflexion
  • Oliver Schofield of LDC
  • Nicholas Theuerkauf of SilverTree Equity
  • Nina Searle of Bristol- based TLT

ICON Corporate Finance director Florian Depner said: “Market turbulence in 2020 brought a rapid acceleration in digital transformation. In fragmented market segments, this provides enormous opportunities for buy-and-build expansion.

“Well capitalised private equity funds have vast amounts of capital to deploy, which they were unable to do during the beginning of Covid. As a result, buy-and-build has become an extremely effective way for them to invest quickly and efficiently and take advantage of a re-setting tech economy.

“As a consequence, we’re seeing CEOs backed by PE funds sitting in a strong position to realise their buy-and-build strategies. That means exciting times ahead as acquirers look to rapidly gain scale and consolidate market share through targeted acquisitions.”

To register for the free webinar click here

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