"We are grateful to Jeff and the Corum team for helping make this happen. Corum’s ability to ;execute a worldwide search and bring multiple, qualified buyers into the process is critical for any software company looking for investment, but in particular in a market as global as ours. That ability, coupled with their deep domain knowledge and overall M&A expertise were keys to making our process so successful. "
EMC's Acquisition of Data Domain
Market Spotlight Report: "Bucking the Trend Secrets to a Successful Strategic Acquisition"
To fatigued investors, bankers and analysts, we offer this cure for the recession hangover: a multi-billion dollar return to EMC investors over the next 5 years, based solely on the success of the Data Domain acquisition.
Our view on the Data Domain transaction, based on our financial analysis and discussions with industry sources, concludes that the Data Domain acquisition is a runaway success that offers 3 important lessons for tech M&A. First, that the most successful acquisitions are either market-cycle agnostic or counter-cyclical; second, that they are driven by a highly focused investment thesis (which, not trivially, needs to be sound); and third, that execution and integration are the most important ingredients for success.