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The M&A Watch: Eastern Europe – Sept. 2021 Coverage

By Emily Halstenberg | October 10, 2021

M&A WATCH: EASTERN EUROPE  – SEPT. 2021 COVERAGE

Our monthly M&A Watch spotlights deals in the Information Technology industry throughout Eastern Europe.

This month, we highlight 5 deals across Eastern Europe within the IT Services and Software verticals. Deal activity has picked back up, as companies and individuals return from the holiday season throughout the region. Notably, there were several active strategic and private equity buyers including K1 Investment Management and SoftwareONE who were able to get deals across the goal line. Overall, global interest in Eastern European IT services and software companies remains high, and we expect buyers and investors will continue to be intrigued by companies in the region given the high concentration of IT/Software talent, timezone advantage, and agile delivery methods.

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SoftwareONE Holding AG, a leading global provider of end-to-end software and cloud technology solutions, acquired HeleCloud, a UK-headquartered, cloud-native Amazon Web Services (AWS) Premier Consulting Partner. With this acquisition, SoftwareONE expands and strengthens its AWS capabilities in the EMEA region, adding a team of skilled AWS experts with significant project delivery and managed service capabilities. HeleCloud is the most-certified independent AWS Premier Consulting Partner, as well as the largest independent AWS-only System Integrator (SI) and Managed Service Provider (MSP) in EMEA with locations in the UK, the Netherlands, and Bulgaria. #EMEA #Bulgaria #AWS #MSP

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) has completed the acquisition of Zerto, an industry leader in cloud data management and protection at a purchase price of $374 million. This acquisition immediately positions the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform in the high-growth Data Protection market with a proven solution and further propels HPE’s storage business into a cloud-native, software-defined data services business. Zerto’s cloud data management and protection software will remain available as a standalone service and will be available as a service through the HPE GreenLake platform and the Data Services Cloud Console. #Cloud #CloudModernization #Ukraine

Generali Growth Equity Fund, a private equity fund established and managed by Generali Investments, closed the acquisition of a 74% stake in Diverto, a cybersecurity company based in Zagreb. Diverto was established in 2007 and protects its clients against security threats that can cause data breaches, financial loss, and damaged credibility and is solely focused on information security. It offers a range of information security services, from consultancy to managed services. Its service portfolio consists of governance, risk & compliance, assessments and tests, education and training, incident response, defense services, and Security Operations Centre (SOC). #Cybersecurity #ManagedServices #Croatia

K1 Investment Management has acquired a majority stake in translation management software provider (TMS) XTRF. The Poland-based TMS provider was founded in 2010 and operates out of Krakow, Poland. The company offers a client portal, a vendor portal, and workflow, invoicing, and sales management. XTRF also provides integration with a range of other TMS and translation productivity tools including RWS Trados, Across, Memsource, memoQ, and XTM. #SaaS #TranslationManagementSoftware #Poland

Software intelligence company Dynatrace (NYSE: DT) has completed the acquisition of high-speed parsing and query analytics company SpectX. This acquisition will accelerate the convergence of observability and security for modern hybrid, multi-cloud environments. These environments are defined by continuous change, with an exponentially expanding volume of observability and security data that must be analyzed in context and in real time to enable autonomous operations. With the acquisition of SpectX, Dynatrace will advance its software intelligence platform’s observability and application security analytics capabilities even further. #BigDataAnalytics #Estonia #Cloud

About 7 Mile Advisors

7MA provides specialized Investment Banking & Advisory Services to the professional service firms in the Consumer Products & Retail industries. We help our clients determine the right strategic partners for their businesses, transition ownership, raise capital, grow through acquisitions, and evaluate new markets. We advise our clients on M&A and private capital transactions, and provide unique market insights. Our team brings experience and energy to all of our engagements, with a focus on helping our clients navigate a changing marketplace.

To learn more about how 7 Mile Advisors can help you evaluate and execute on strategic M&A or private capital alternatives for your business, please visit our website www.7mileadvisors.com.

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