ICON M&A Update – with guests ClearCourse and Civica

Given the wave of PE backed M&A activity in the sector, we are also delighted to be joined by the Heads of M&A at Civica (one of the largest PE backed technology companies) and ClearCourse (the most acquisitive company in the UK this year).

Guest Speakers:

Josh Rowe, Head of M&A at ClearCourse, formerly Head of M&A at KPMG and Callcredit, will share his experience of having acquired over 14 companies in the UK in just over a year. Its been a busy year for Josh, as ClearCourse were only formed last year, yet are by far the most active Tech acquirer in UK this year.

ClearCourse are backed by major US Private Equity House, Aquiline Capital Partners, a New York based private equity firm with AUM of approximately $3.5bn.

Robert Stroud, Corporate Development Director at Civica, will update on the growth of Civica in the decade he has been there leading their M&A program. Civica focuses on supplying software and related services to the public sector in the UK and overseas. Revenues exceed £250m and it now has over 3,000 employees worldwide. Civica is an acquisitive company, with 19 acquisitions completed since Robert joined back in 2009.

Civica has an interesting history, initially as a listed company, but has since been owned by 3i, OMERS (a Canadian pension fund) and now Partners Group (a $90bn US PE fund) following a £1bn SBO in July 2017

There will be the usual opportunity to network over drinks.

Free to attend for technology CEOs & Leadership teams – Spaces are limited so sign up now to join us.

Location: One Moorgate Place, EC2R 6EA

15:00 – Registration & Welcome

15:15 – M&A Trends – Who is buying who and why – Brian Parker

15:30Josh Rowe, Head of M&A at ClearCourse

15:45Robert Stroud, Corporate Development Director at Civica

16:00 – Panel Session – Josh Rowe, Robert Stroud, Alan Bristow

16:30 – Drinks & Networking

17.00 – Close

Brian Parker
Co Founder & Head of M&A
ICON Corporate Finance

Brian Parker
Co Founder & Head of M&A, ICON Corporate Finance
Brian is a co-founder of ICON and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions. He specialises in advising shareholders of technology companies on their exit, managing the entire process. He has over 20 years experience in investment banking, mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Having led exits to large overseas acquirers such as Accenture, Thomson Reuters, CACI and numerous private equity owned companies he has unrivalled knowledge right across the Technology sector. Having worked both as principal and sell-side adviser he has a unique experience as both a buyer of, and an adviser to, high growth companies. Prior to working at ICON Brian spent eight years in Hong Kong, latterly as Head of Equity Research for CLSA. Before that he worked for two UK PLC's as their Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and completed over 15 acquisitions. Brian is a qualified Chartered Accountant and lives near London.

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Alan Bristow
Founder and CEO
ICON Corporate Finance

Alan Bristow
Founder and CEO, ICON Corporate Finance
Alan Bristow is the Founder and Managing Director of ICON Corporate Finance.  He is recognised as one of the country's leading corporate finance advisers and has over 25 years of combined fund raising and M&A experience. Throughout this period Alan has dealt with some of the world's leading investors and technology companies. He specializes in all aspects of raising venture capital, management buy-outs, acquisitions and corporate sales and has advised on over 200 transactions. Before establishing ICON, he spent his formative years in the City of London before joining Price Waterhouse in Melbourne. He also worked as the Finance Director for an Australian Investment Group, prior to returning to the UK and establishing ICON as a leading M&A house to the tech sector. He holds a degree in Economics and Politics and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Likes include rugby, economics, skiing, sailing and technology that makes the world a better place. He is a frequent speaker and author on venture capital fundraising and selling companies. Awarded: Most Influential CEO of the Year 2018 - M&A and Technology  

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