Selling Your Tech Company

We are delighted to invite you to our Selling Your Tech Company seminar. We will focus on how Technology companies can take advantage of today’s M&A market with a record number of overseas acquirers and how best to achieve an optimal exit value. Our guest speakers, David Cornwell and Clare Beazley, who recently sold their collaborative authoring and review software solutions company, PleaseTech, to Ideagen Plc – will share their experience and insights.

Agenda highlights

  • What Really Creates Value in Your Business?
  • How to Profit from Preparation
  • The New World of Buyers
  • Competitive Tension – Positioning for Price
  • Tips and Bear Traps – Most Common Errors Made
  • Defining an Optimal Outcome – Company Valuation
  • Negotiation
  • What buyers are looking for

David Cornwell and Clare Beazley, of PleaseTech, will talk about the strategies used to optimise exit value and will also share the valuable lessons they learnt throughout the sale of PleaseTech.

Brian Parker, Head of M&A at ICON Corporate Finance, will present the major trends in the Technology M&A market. A key trend in the UK is the increase in cross boarder deals with valuations remaining at record levels.

Monica Shupikai Simmons, Investment Director at ICON Corporate Finance, will outline The Trade Sale Process – a practical guide – including details about timescale, creating competitive tension, assessing offers, how to maximise value on exit and top tips on avoiding common pitfalls.

There will be the usual opportunity to network over drinks.

Free to attend for technology CEOs & their Board – Spaces are limited so sign up now to join us

15:00 – Registration & Welcome

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

15:30 – The Trade Sale Process – Monica Shupikai Simmons

15:45 – Optimising exit value – David Cornwell & Clare Beazley

16:15 – Q&A Panel Session – David Cornwell & Clare Beazley

16:30– Drinks & Networking

17.30 – Close

David Cornwell and Clare Beazley, of PleaseTech, will talk about the strategies used to optimise exit value and will also share the valuable lessons they learnt throughout the sale of PleaseTech.

David Cornwell

David Cornwell
CEO, PleaseTech

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Clare Beazley

Clare Beazley
CFO, PleaseTech

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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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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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Monica Shupikai Simmons
ICON Corporate Finance

Monica Shupikai Simmons
Director , ICON Corporate Finance
Monica specialises in M&A and raising equity finance for high growth technology companies, with a focus on FinTech. She spent over five years at Deloitte providing management consulting and corporate finance advice, following over six years at PwC providing financial advisory services to their respective financial services clients in both London and New York. Her clients included leading global banking institutions, Investment Management, Asset Management and Life Insurance companies.  

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