m&a due diligence

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Due Diligence

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ACA's mergers and acquisitions (M&A) due diligence service offers pre-deal IT, cybersecurity, and privacy regulatory diligence of prospective portfolio companies to help investors determine cybersecurity risks at the onset, negotiate better deals, and align risks with the investment thesis. Our team of experienced technology, compliance, and risk professionals uses a business-oriented methodology to determine how the portfolio company’s potential aligns with the investment thesis, and provide the strategic roadmap and cost savings estimates required to achieve the investor’s objective during the hold.

How We Help


Technology and Data Protection Due Diligence

(Pre-deal diligence of prospective portfolio companies)

  • Review of the target’s IT, cyber, and privacy posture against the investment thesis via documentation reviews, on-site interviews, direct validation, and testing

  • Provide report with material findings and strategic recommendations

Transition Planning and Project Management

  • Develop readiness and communication plan

  • Create Transitional Service Agreement (TSA) to ensure continuity and manage costs with carve-outs

  • Develop transition governance plan

  • Develop roadmap for IT integration and identify synergies with add-on acquisitions

Technology Performance Improvement

  • Analyze performance improvement opportunities and recommendations for product development, product management, IT operations, and cybersecurity

  • Establish a Project Management Office (PMO) to manage the implementation of strategic IT projects including set-up and management, plan preparation, tracking and monitoring, and process transition

Cybersecurity and Privacy Risk Management

(Holistic review of highest risk portfolio company investments)

  • Conduct cybersecurity and technology risk assessments

  • Risk-rank portfolio companies to identify relative strengths and weaknesses for focused remediation

  • Certify against HITRUST CSF standards

  • Perform ongoing vulnerability monitoring

  • Conduct penetration testing

  • Provide training and awareness

  • Assess Microsoft® Office 365 tenant configuration security

  • Perform dark web analysis

  • Assist with security staff augmentation, ranging from analysts to CISOs

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Due Diligence