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  • BDO completes 50 Technology & Media deals in a record breaking 2017

BDO completes 50 Technology & Media deals in a record breaking 2017

06 March 2018

BDO Corporate Finance is a leading adviser with a focus on the technology and media sector.

Our team works with a range of ambitious public, owner managed and private equity backed businesses across a wide range of technology and media sub-sectors. Our specialists combine deep industry knowledge and technical experience to support businesses' growth journeys domestically and internationally, bringing together entrepreneurial passion and institutional rigour.

"2017 was a very active year for M&A in the technology and media sector. We have seen an exceptionally strong market, despite global and domestic political uncertainty. Corporates and private equity houses have looked to technology for growth and the continued demand for digitalisation has pushed businesses to acquire quality, innovative assets.

BDO's position as a specialist in the sector has resulted in a very active year for our Corporate Finance team, with many successful deals completed. Our clients continue to seek high quality advisory services to help differentiate themselves in a competitive and evolving industry." Paul Russell, M&A Partner

2017 Technology & Media deal activity at a glance

2017 Technology & Media deal highlights

Sale of IT Managed Service specialist Blue Chip Data Systems to GCI. Read more

"The BDO tech team demonstrated excellent sector knowledge and deal experience to help maximise shareholder returns. They were involved in every step of the way and were invaluable in getting the deal done. It was a pleasure working with Paul and his team." Richard Cook, Blue Chip, CEO

BDO advises Palatine Private Equity on their acquisition of the Bunker. Read more

BDO advises on the MBO of Converge Technology Specialists. Read more

€220m acquisition of Getronics Group by Bottega InvestCo S.à r.l. Read more

Acquisition of Imagem Music by Concord Bicycle Music. Read more

"BDO provided invaluable financial and accounting advice for our transaction in an extremely efficient, professional manner. Their diligence report was insightful, easily digested, and focused on the most relevant, actionable issues at hand. Everyone involved with our transaction was very impressed with their team." Bob Valentine, CFO, Concord Bicycle Music

Minority investment in Media iQ Digital by ECI Partners. Read more

"The BDO team's experience and commitment over the course of our process was invaluable in ensuring we were prepared for the eventual challenges faced and we were equipped to address these appropriately. They very much worked as part of the team and we were grateful for their guidance throughout. I would have no hesitation in recommending BDO to others considering a similar route to investment." Gurman Hundal, CEO, Media iQ

£95m Blackbaud Inc. agreement to acquire JustGiving. Read more

Hyperoptic Limited raised £100m from BNP Paribas, ING, RBS and NIBC. Read more

£74m sale of Postcode Anywhere (Holdings) Ltd to GB Group plc. Read more

"In any sale process the management team will be pulled from pillar to post and remaining sane will at best become a challenge. During this time you need to surround yourself with advisors who can quickly grasp your key business concepts and drivers, who will then suitably challenge you to ensure your goals are deliverable which will in turn give you the best possible chance of successful transaction. This is what BDO did for us – they were completely professional, suitably challenging, diligent throughout and worked like crazy." Chris Harle, Chief Operating Officer, Postcode Anywhere (Holdings) Ltd

Sale of ATCORE Technology Group Limited by LDC. Read more

"The BDO team worked efficiently throughout the process, producing a thorough scope of work that they diligently worked through which ultimately led to minimal follow up work. Furthermore the team built up a good relationship with Management and worked their way through vast amounts of data in a timely manner to ultimately ensure our timeline and process continued to drive forward." David Bains, Investment Director, LDC

BlueFocus International & Cogint announce agreement to combine businesses. Read more

£38 million Sale of Fishawack Group Limited to LDC. Read more

"BDO advised us on our secondary buy out and we chose BDO again for our tertiary as we knew we would be supported by a team who understood our business and sector. Again, BDO did not disappoint and we achieved a great result for all parties. At all times we were given best advice with sustained focus on completing the deal." Dominic Miller, CFO, Fishawack


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