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IoD Advance Insight Webinar: Mergers & acquisitions for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – is it a viable option for growth?

26 Apr 2019
Institute of Directors, London

Insight Events – run by members, for members – are designed to enable you to explore a key topic, grow your network and gain practical advice from experts within the Advance community.

Acquisitions are complex. But get them right and the value it can generate for shareholders can be substantial. We often talk about larger corporates when discussing acquisitions; however, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can draw just as much value as the bigger firms.

For a CEO or Owner of an SME business, the decision to invest in buying another firm can often be life-changing, with the potential to alter the course of the firm and the opportunities for employees, for better or worse.

Company leaders should look for reasons and reasoned understanding of why they should acquire. Alternatives to acquisitions should be strongly considered and evaluated. Sources of financing the deal are critical – getting the numbers wrong can put a healthy company into critical care.

Finally, every acquisition needs immaculate planning, preparation and strong execution. In fact, the job of acquisition does not complete once the deal is closed. Post-acquisition integration is perhaps the single most overlooked point of failure.

This webinar will explore the potential SME businesses have in growing through acquisitions, discussing:


  • The link between growth and acquisitions
  • How should SMEs weigh the risks versus rewards of acquisitions
  • What should SMEs do in preparation for an acquisition
  • How should an acquisition be executed
  • What are the options for financing a deal
  • Post-acquisition integration

    This webinar will be hosted by Atreya Chaganty – accomplished senior executive with over 20 years’ generating growth in mature and emerging markets. Please see below for full bio.


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    Key details

    Date & time: 26 Apr 2019 12:00 - 13:00
    Location: Institute of Directors, London
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    Event manager:
    Miss Emma Underwood
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    Atreya Chaganty

    An accomplished senior executive with over 20 years of experience generating exceptional growth and competitiveness in both mature and emerging markets; Board advisory and senior stakeholder management skills.

    Adept at transforming under-performing businesses by identifying and capturing new sources of revenues, right-sizing costs, expanding operating cash flows and building skilled teams rapidly; Global P&L leadership.

    Launched new business units ranging from Smart Utility & Billing solutions to large scale digital transformation services for Telecoms, Banks, Insurance providers and Auto manufacturers.

    Deep expertise in cross-border M&A deals in Technology, Software and Services sectors - structuring, closing and integration.

    Led negotiations and establishment of numerous global strategic alliances.



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    • Institute of Directors
    • 116 Pall Mall
    • London
    • SW1Y 5ED

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