Miro Parizek

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Corum hosts Tech Merge Briefing in Bangalore
I will be in India later this month to host Corums first Tech Merge Briefing in the worlds IT back office. The executive briefing will take place in Bangalore on Friday morning (Oct 26). We will give an overview of market trends, current tech M&A drivers, valuations and an outlook for 2013. In... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 9 October 2012
The significance of India-based Infosys acquisition of Swiss-based Lodestone
The announcement of Infosys acquisition of the Swiss SAP integrator, Lodestone, is welcome news to me. For over a decade, I have been monitoring Asian buyers - in particular their appetite for acquiring European targets - and I am glad to see, once again, a significant transaction involving an... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 11 September 2012
Software M&A in Europe
We reviewed international deals extensively in our June webinar, and delivered a special report on whats happening in Europe. We were able to look at several of our own deals, and were also looking forward to announcing several more soon. Firstly we covered France, where our client Esterel,... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 17 July 2012
Three Cloud offerings
I had the pleasure of chairing a World Financial Symposiums event in Europe on M&A, spotlighting the Cloud. We particularly discussed the three groups of offerings Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, and Platform as a Service. We identified Amazon and IBM as the dominant players... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 27 June 2012
M&A in Hosting and Cloud services segment
I am on my way back from WorldHostingDays that just took place in Germany. The event is well run with over a hundred exhibitors and, as per the organizers, attended by nearly 4,000 professionals. Mark Johnson, our director, and I were there as we at Corum anticipate an upcoming round of... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 22 March 2012
European Tech company sellers MUST look internationally
To start off, you need to know that as a seller of a tech company in Europe, the likelihood of your company being acquired by a buyer from outside your country is immense. In fact, the odds are 62% your buyer will not be local. In some smaller countries, this approaches 90%. If you are going to... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 15 February 2012
From London: US software industry has nothing to fear from European entrepreneur
Earlier this week, I chaired the World Financial Symposiums Growth & Exit Strategies conference in London. We had over 100 registrants from 16 countries. The 20 speakers were the best in European tech: investors, sellers, strategic and financial buyers, bankers and advisors, as well as the CEOs... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 9 December 2011
European banking crisis what crisis?
On Wednesday I was in Paris meeting with the CEO of an international software vendor serving global banks with solutions that automate trading processes and mitigate risk in the still largely manual trading process currently utilized by most of the industry. His companys solutions are implemented... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 7 October 2011
How to kill a deal
We recently ran a webinar where we discussed deal disasters. I shared the following story involving a European company that wanted sell off a subsidiary.   Scene: its right after the dot.com era ended, 2002. A corporate CEO desires to sell off a non-core IT services asset. They own 51%. The... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 31 August 2011
Opening your eyes to Ukraine
I am in the international terminal at Kievs airport. Interestingly, despite living in Europe for 25 years, this is my first trip to Ukraine. I was moving to Munich in 1986 just as Chernobyls radioactive dust was settling in Bavaria. So maybe that played a role in my not making it over sooner. In my... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 15 July 2011
French companies are international, too
Last week I hosted our Tech industry M&A workshop, Selling Up Selling Out, in Paris. It was a well attended session here in Europe despite being at the end of an Easter holiday week. The participants included one private equity investor and the rest were all CEOs of French companies ranging in... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 6 May 2011
German VCs beat American VCs
German VCs beat US-based colleagues in average gross return since 1998, according to the Centre of Private Equity Research: Germany with an average return of 11% p.a., the US with 8%. This came to my attention c/o RealDeals, a European publisher serving the local PE community. Their journalists... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 8 February 2011
Net value created by M&A is at the highest level ever
McKinsey Quarterly, the business journal of McKinsey & Company, just released a fascinating piece, A return to deal making in 2010,  which is highly suggested reading.   The part I found particularly intriguing was that investors are currently viewing the average deal as creating value, not... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 26 January 2011
2011 Survey results indicate Acquirers plan to increase M&A activity
The 451 Group just surveyed corporate development executives at Tech acquirers. The bottom line:  41% feel their 2011 deal activity will stay the same, while 52% believe their acquisition pace will increase.  I find this to be very promising as we already saw a huge increase in strategic M&A... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 20 December 2010
IBMs international software acquisition record
In preparation of our monthly M&A Update webinar with this months focus on IBM, I decided to look into the last 100 acquisitions made by IBM to see if there were any clear patterns behind their deal making psyche. Looking at the data, it quickly became apparent that IBM buys software companies... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 5 November 2010
PE Roundtable - Conclusion: 2011 a good year for M&A ill-advised to wait
On last Friday, Frank Berger and I hosted a PE roundtable discussion in Munich with 15 participants at the well received event. Managing directors of private equity firms later wrote us: Thanks a lot for the fantastic breakfast session today. Again it was a great discussion and some interesting... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 11 October 2010
Growth or profits? That is the question.
Yesterday, I was in a meeting with the CEO of a $6m SaaS company. In the context of his shareholders plan to exit in the next 18 to 24 months, he asked a classic question:   Prior to our near term exit, should I focus on growth or profit in my business planning?   He said he could increase sales... Click here to read more
Posted by Miro Parizek, Managing Director on 27 August 2010

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