Webinar - Is data-led M&A the solution to managing the post COVID-19 surge?

Webinar - Is data-led M&A the solution to managing the post COVID-19 surge?

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Data-led M&A is the solution to managing the post COVID-19 surge


Our panel of M&A and technology experts discussed how new technology can solve the technical and skills debt in M&A to support the expected post COVID-19 surge and assessed if a data-led approach ends in better results.


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Also available as a podcast here.






Steve Ackland

CEO, Aim

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Steve Ackland is CEO at Aim - one of the leading City management consultancies - which specialises in digital transformation using new technologies to deliver outstanding results.

Steve is well-known for thought leadership and authored papers in a number of disciplines. It was Steve’s vision of how data governance and regulatory control are fused with AI, RPA and blockchain which led to the creation of AiM’s leading RegTech platform dataBelt® - to control the full data governance lifecycle.  

DataBelt® is eminently suited to M&A activity as a forensic and regulatory interrogation tool, supporting both pre-deal due diligence and post deal activities in all relevant data disciplines - such as cyber security posture, data privacy, data quality and compliance, risk, infonomics.




Rob Heaton

Senior Executive Advisor, Global PMI Partners

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Rob Heaton is a Senior Executive with extensive advisory experience in Post M&A integration, business performance improvement, divestment readiness, , business incubation, and business systems & process improvement. 

Global PMI Partners provides M&A integration/carve-out, post-close transformation, training and internal capability services across the globe to companies expanding locally and internationally. We are specialists with a full-service presence in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Australian regions. 


Terence Nickolls

CEO, Viatek Group

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Terence Nickolls is currently CEO of Viatek, a Technology business with significant growth potential. 

He is a sought after CEO, engaged by Corporate’s and Private equity to deliver improved operational performance, increased profitability and enhanced equity value across a broad array of industries and markets. 

His extensive career in North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific includes key leadership roles across a range of Corporate, SMEs and "Start-ups", where he has led business transformations, development & growth strategies.


Matt Smith

M&A technology and dataBelt® specialist

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Matt is head of pre-sales at Aim, running a consultancy service specialising in the provision of M&A software products to the global market.

Matt’s decade of consulting experience covers diverse system development and implementation projects across industries including banking, finance, pensions, BPO, shipping, not-for-profit and tech. His roles ranged from solution architecture, to project management and system development with a supported customer based in the millions.

Matt specialises in Aim’s RegTech platform dataBelt®, providing unprecedented insight to both buyers and sellers throughout the M&A lifecycle, covering all aspects of cyber security posture, data privacy, quality, value, compliance and risk both pre and post-deal.