What are the Opportunities for Tech Companies to Exit to Global Telcos

ICON Corporate Finance and Simons Muirhead & Burton are co-hosting a round-table discussion with telco giant Telstra and others in the in the UK tech industry who have successfully exited their businesses.

Global Telcos have been some of the most active acquirers of tech companies, buying anything from IT Service companies to some of the hottest digital assets in FinTech, HealthTech and Digital Media.

On 18th May we sit down with the General Manager of M&A at Telstra, the AsiaPac telco giant, to explore the changing world of telcos, why they are buying the assets they have been buying and most importantly what they are looking to acquire or invest-in going forward.

Also joining the round table is Alan Baldwin who sold his tech company to Arkadin, subsidiary of the Japanese global telco NTT.

Round-Table Panel:

  • Steve D’Souza, GM M&A, Telstra
  • Alan Baldwin, CEO, Applicable, (subsidiary of NTTCom)
  • Peter Weiss, Partner, Simon Muirhead & Burton
  • Simon Moynagh, Partner, ICON Corporate Finance

5:00pm Registration and drinks

5:30pm Round-table discussion

6:15pm Drinks and networking

7:00pm Close

Steve D'Souza
General Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions

Steve D'Souza
General Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions, Telstra
Steve is responsible for evaluating the strategic rationale for potential acquisitions, conducting financial analysis on potential targets and negotiating and executing acquisitions for the company. He has led the execution of a range of transactions across the media and technology industries both in Australia and internationally. Prior to joining Telstra, Steve worked in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) team of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs and in Transaction Advisory Services team at Ernst & Young.

Alan Baldwin

Alan Baldwin
CEO, Applicable
Alan is a leading expert in collaboration technologies and has been Managing Director of Applicable for over fifteen years, steering the company through profitable growth with transformation.

Simon Moynagh
ICON Corporate Finance

Simon Moynagh
Partner, ICON Corporate Finance
Simon joined ICON in 2010 and specialises in selling and raising funds for high growth tech companies with a focus on digital media, mobile & comms, software and industrial-tech. He has advised on transactions ranging from raising venture capital, securing strategic investments, M&A and IPOs. Since joining ICON, Simon has completed a number of transactions including: the sale of Applicable to NTT owned Arkadin, the sale of Nativ, a media logistics software company to the Australia telco giant Telstra; raising capital for the digital media company Abacus eMedia from BGF; acting for Tocardo, the tidal turbine producer, on a strategic investment from Spanish energy group Repsol; the sale of a cloud software company Atlantic Global Plc to US based Keyed-In, and the sale of Hydra, the project management software company, to Latin American based e-Task Technologies. Prior to joining ICON Simon worked for WH Ireland, the AIM-listed stockbroker and corporate finance house where his focus was on advising both unquoted and listed technology clients ranging in size from £5m to £100m.

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Peter Weiss
Simons Muirhead & Burton

Peter Weiss
Partner, Simons Muirhead & Burton
Peter heads the Corporate, Commercial and Finance team. He works with a wide range of clients from those in the media and fashion industries, to start up and established tech companies and international private equity houses. He has particular expertise in advising on corporate finance transactions, working with founders, agents and talent and negotiating UK-US transactions. Peter is ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and his clients value his guidance and his ability to help them resolve complex issues.