Case Study: ACA's M&A Diligence and Advisory Services for a Private Equity Firm


Chad Neale

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Case Study

  • Cybersecurity

A private equity firm is considering the acquisition of a company that provides software and solutions to help hospitals maximize revenue and reduce inefficiencies through the revenue cycle process. The firm chose ACA's M&A diligence and advisory services to determine the security of the integrated platform and necessary investment in technology, processes, and personnel to support their investment thesis. This case study explains material findings and strategic recommendations from the diligence.

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About the Author

Chad Neale is a Managing Director overseeing ACA Aponix’s IT, cyber, and transaction advisory practice. Prior to joining ACA, Chad served as the Cybersecurity and Privacy Director for PwC's Risk Assurance practice. In that role, he led various teams responsible for performing cybersecurity, privacy risk, maturity assessments, and attack and penetration testing for clients operating in a variety of industries including healthcare, financial services, technology, retail, aerospace and energy. Chad was also instrumental in developing PwC’s approach to delivering cybersecurity maturity assessments and establishing an offshore center of excellence. Chad has over 20 years of experience in information security, privacy risk management, IT engineering and administration, and compliance readiness. Chad earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and holds several certifications including ISO27001:2013 Auditor, GSLC, GCCC and GCFE.