The BVCA North West Seminar 2017 is themed around Acquisition Integration. As bolt-on acquisitions become more frequent as a way of driving value growth in a market where value is otherwise fully-priced, what integration strategies help unlock that value and what challenges can see it slip through your fingers? Our two keynote speakers both have decades of experience and will reflect on what worked for them and the obstacles they faced.
14:30 Registration and refreshments
15:00 Welcome from Tim Hames, Director General, BVCA
15:10 Keynote: The GBG Experience by Richard Law
15:30 Panel discussion - with a focus on managing integration alongside earn-outsModerated by: Dan Sheahan, InvestecRob Toms, Smedvig CapitalEd Fazakerley, Palatine Private EquityMathew Deering, EndlessRichard Law
15:55 Refreshment break
16:10 Keynote: The NCC ExperienceBy Rob Cotton
16:30 Panel discussion - with a focus on integrating international acquisitionsModerated by Richard Young, BVCAOliver Bridge, Grant ThorntonSteve Tudge, ECI PartnersHugh Campbell, GP BullhoundRob Cotton
17:00 Closing remarks by Richard Young, Director, BVCA Manchester
Richard originally worked in natural resources having gained a scholarship to study Geology and Engineering at Imperial College, London. He worked internationally for some of the world’s leading natural resources companies such as RTZ before switching careers to work as a corporate financier with EY, and then becoming a public company Finance Director and Chief Executive of GBG in 2002.
Under his leadership GBG became a global leader in disruptive decision intelligence making on line business easier, safer and compliant for household name businesses globally.
During his tenure GBG increased its market capitalisation from £5 million to over £500 and acquired 10 businesses across Europe, the USA and Asia.
Since stepping down as CEO in April 2017 Richard has followed his passion for promoting the North and has become a backer of North West technology businesses, in some cases becoming directly involved. Richard Chairs Manchester based Zuto and [Vypr] is a founding Angel with the Dow Schofield Watts Angel network and is on the advisory board of Tech Manchester.
Rob Cotton transformed NCC Group from being a small general IT company to the world’s leading cyber security consultancy and software escrow provider. On the journey from a £5m buyout, employing less than 100 people through to a £1bn FTSE250 company £230m revenue, he acquired and integrated 20 different companies, in the UK, Europe and the US and employed almost 2,000 members of staff through over 30 offices globally. Having led the Group for 17 years he stepped down in March 2017. A chartered accountant by trade, with a background in business transformation, Rob has found success in sectors as diverse as building management privatisation, motor retail, mobile telecoms and security consultancy. As he is lifelong Manchester United fan he is proud to call Manchester his home town.
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