M&A Advisory

Answerport specializes in Merger & Acquisition consulting services for private equity clients and their portfolio companies. Our M&A advisors have spent years in the trenches, serving in both IT and operational leadership roles, gathering insight that is invaluable throughout the M&A process.

In addition, our M&A advisors have worked on a variety of large and small transactions across several industries. This provides a breadth of experience and insight to apply to your specific situation.

The Result – a running start on delivering value.

Our M&A specialists and M&A Delivery Framework have been leveraged to assist private equity clients with transactions across the entire deal “Life Cycle.” Answerport Consultants understand the various stages of a deal and can:

  • Assist at any stage of the deal process.
  • Assess specific deal structure requirements and leverage our skills and experience to develop the right approach.
  • Leverage proven tools, templates, knowledge and experience.

The result – a smoother transition for your organization.

IT Due Diligence Services

itdueConducting a thorough review of an acquisition target’s IT capabilities is a crucial element of the due diligence process. The quality and completeness of the acquisition target’s IT capabilities should be assessed in order for the most efficient integration / separation plans and transition cost estimates to be developed.

Our Capabilities

Experienced Answerport consultants will leverage proven IT diligence checklists and models to develop a diligence report that includes an assessment of the IT capabilities, estimated transition (integration or carve out) costs and estimated ongoing operating costs.

In addition, we help buyers identify potential IT related exposures that may influence the negotiation of the transaction.

Transition Management Services

transitionAnswerport has helped buyers and sellers develop and execute their transition plans with a balance of speed and order throughout the transition process. It is often the transition plan that brings the reality of the purchase agreement and transition services agreement to life by capturing the actions necessary to integrate or separate a business.

Careful attention is given to critical path items during the transition planning process. Sellers need to conduct a thorough examination of the resources and capabilities that will be going with the transaction while buyers need to understand the resources and capabilities they will gain as part of the transaction.

Our Capabilities

We help clients build an actionable and pragmatic integration/separation plan to affect a successful transition. Our transition planning services include:

  • IT integration/Separation planning
  • Business function integration/separation planning
  • Transition services scoping and costing
  • Detailed transition project planning and costing


Acquisition Merger Integration Services

mergerMerger integration projects require the experience and focus of experienced professionals to realize the economies of scale and strategic benefits envisioned during the acquisition process. We help buyers translate targeted opportunities into results.

Our consultants can assist with integration efforts to complete an effective transition while minimizing disruptions to the business.

Our Capabilities

Answerport consultants have the experience and ability to assist buyers with the following merger integration activities:

  • Integration program/project management
  • Organizational integration
  • Rationalization attainment programs
  • Software portfolio review and rationalization
  • Hardware platform review and rationalization
  • Infrastructure migration and replacement
  • Transition Services Agreement oversight

Acquisition Carve Out Management Services

carveoutWhen carving out a business unit from a parent organization, buyers and sellers have several intricate transition efforts to plan and execute in an accelerated time frame.

Answerport’s consultants use their extensive knowledge, experience and insight to assist clients with the challenges related to carve outs.

Our Capabilities

We have experience assisting both buy-side and sell-side clients with the following carve out related services:

  • Separation program/project management
  • Build out of shared service capabilities
  • Organizational design and build out
  • Software portfolio review and rationalization
  • Hardware platform review and rationalization
  • IT Infrastructure migration and replacement
  • Transition Services Agreement development and oversight


Divestiture Management Services

divest2When a seller has concluded that a business or portion of a business is to be sold, the divestiture and transition planning efforts need oversight so that contractual obligations are met, IT services are not compromised, and projected cost savings are realized. Most sellers do not have experience with business and system disentanglement activities or post-closing administration of transition services agreement and sales agreement obligations. Answerport has helped clients prepare for the sale of a business by first rationalizing shared capabilities that either “go” or “stay”, and then developing the transition approach. Once the sale closes, Answerport can help manage the divestiture process.

Our Capabilities

Answerport consultants have the experience and ability to assist sellers with the following types of divestiture management activities:

  • Divestiture and transition planning
  • Divestiture process oversight and project management
  • Transition Services Agreement development, oversight and management
  • Divestiture team support
  • Problem solving and issue resolution
  • Monitoring and measuring attainment of trailing cost savings programs