Aquaa Partners and its professionals have advised over 50 Technology, Media, and Telecoms M&A transactions around the world worth over $25 billion
Over the past 25 years, having focused exclusively on the technology and TMT industries, we have developed wide and extensive expertise with companies operating in most sub-sectors of these industries.
We focus on clients and industries in which our experiences and intellectual capabilities can add real value. We like complexity and fast-moving market dynamics, as we move quickly in our own analytical work and decision-making.
Aquaa Partners facilitates and solves its clients' most important strategic issues and helps them realise their strategic objectives, usually through an M&A event.
Most of our clients are established, growth-focused companies who come to us because they are considering making an investment in or an acquisition of a technology company as part of their transformation. They understand the world and their industry is rapidly changing and they are focused on adapting their business accordingly.
Our clients generally believe that acquiring the right technology company, ie acquiring digital capabilities, assets, technologies and talented staff, can bridge gaps, accelerate growth, guard against disruption and enhance the customer experience.
However, our clients also understand that successfully acquiring a technology company today entails significant challenges.
The deal environment for “digital” companies or “tech” companies today is becoming so much more competitive – not only from tech companies themselves as acquirers but also from traditional “non-tech” strategic acquirers in all industries who want tech.
As the world becomes more and more competitive, driven by exponential advances in technology, more and more traditional companies that are growth-focused are contemplating the question “how can we be a disruptor ourselves rather than a disruptee?”
And these companies are taking action. They are acquiring tech companies, in addition to pursuing organic initiatives to leverage digital technology in their business and products.
At Aquaa Partners we help these companies create more value, guard against disruption and enhance the customer experience by acquiring the right tech company. We advise our clients in applying and leveraging the 12 steps of Techquisition™ to create and retain maximum value from a technology company acquisition.
Having learned from our own several decades of experience of advising on large technology company M&A transactions, as well as having invested in over 30 private technology companies, we recognise that there are probably 1,000 ways a technology company acquisition can go wrong. If executed poorly, a technology company acquisition can cost an acquirer tens or hundreds of millions of dollars (or euros, pounds, yen etc), and several months, if not years, of painful un-doing.
At its core, the basis of our business is trust.
Our clients trust us to help them achieve their strategic and financial business objectives – to facilitate and solve their most important strategic issues and help them realize their strategic objectives, usually through an M&A transaction.
We have a strong culture of putting our clients first, being the best at what we do, and bringing all the intellectual resources and experience of the partnership to bear on our client objectives. Aquaa Partners has truly global capabilities, with a mix of global nationalities and varied business and cultural experiences, at both the most senior level in financial services and in global multinational operating companies.
Most of our M&A transactions have a cross-border element. Our experience base and wide network of relationships allow us to execute transactions no matter where in the world they might take place.
Our goal for our own firm is to continue to expand our Aquaa “eco-system” of exceptional brains, relationships, and experiences and bring it to bear on the global markets in which we operate, compete and invest so that our current and future clients can benefit as well.
"It is always a pleasure working with Aquaa Partners – they are consummate professionals"
"Aquaa Partners prepared us for an extremely effective process and their advice and depth of experience helped us conclude a great deal for all parties involved"
"We’ve been on quite a growth journey over the past several years and Aquaa Partners provided us with invaluable information, insights and strategic advice along the way. When it came to execution support, Paul and his team were excellent – committed, dedicated and always went the extra mile. They never took their eye off the goal of helping us achieve a win-win, transformative transaction."
"Aquaa Partners has been instrumental as an advisor to us on this transaction. From day one they helped us prepare, including patiently managing all the ups and downs of the process, while still tenaciously focusing on getting us over the finish line. They were a great team player and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future."
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