Publish Date

Sep 06, 2022

Prepping IT Departments for Carve-out: Hot Fixes to Turn IT from Bottleneck to Value Creator

Tim Veen, Senior Director | Rafael Hellmann, Senior Associate

Service / Industry: Information Technology, Private Equity

Carve-outs catch many IT departments off guard. Whilst the overall process of preparing and executing a carve-out is becoming increasingly professionalized, with many organizations retaining dedicated merger and acquisition (M&A) and project management resources to support transactions, IT involvement seems to remain an afterthought.

We identify two root causes on why IT departments don’t play a leading role in their businesses’ M&A activities:

1. The CIO fails to put IT on the carveout agenda and project organization

2. IT departments lack resources and experience to handle a divestiture’s dynamics

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