Case Study: ACA's M&A Diligence Services for a PE Firm Interested in Partnering with a Defense Services Contractor

January 22, 2019 by Chad Neale

A private equity firm wanted to partner with a leading defense services contractor. The firm chose ACA's M&A diligence and advisory services to help verify their technology investment and necessary future spend by evaluating the target's IT systems, infrastructure, regulatory compliance, and resiliency. This case study explains ACA's material findings and strategic recommendations resulting from the diligence.

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About the Author

Chad Neale is a Managing Director overseeing ACA Aponix’s IT, cyber, and transaction advisory practice. Prior to joining ACA, Chad served as the Cybersecurity and Privacy Director for PwC's Risk Assurance practice. In that role, he led various teams responsible for performing cybersecurity, privacy risk, maturity assessments, and attack and penetration testing for clients operating in a variety of industries including healthcare, financial services, technology, retail, aerospace and energy. Chad was also instrumental in developing PwC’s approach to delivering cybersecurity maturity assessments and establishing an offshore center of excellence. Chad has over 20 years of experience in information security, privacy risk management, IT engineering and administration, and compliance readiness. Chad earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and holds several certifications including ISO27001:2013 Auditor, GSLC, GCCC and GCFE.