M&A Software License Preparedness

Partner with a trusted advisor to navigate the licensing landmines of M&A and opportunistic vendors


organizations expect an increase in the average number of M&A deals in the next 12 months


of executives that underestimate the role of IT in M&A success

The challenge. M&A seems to be a recurring headline if you scroll through your online news feed. However, the majority of deals still miss the mark on achieving their expected synergies and often result in overspending with technology suppliers.

The reality. Companies undergoing a merger or acquisition tend to overlook the impact to software vendor licensing and compliance, which can quickly lead to excessive fees being paid to vendors.

The Impact. Deferring software licensing risks or waiting for an M&A deal to close can dramatically reduce your supplier leverage resulting in:

  • Costly license agreements that consume integration and IT budgets
  • Exposure to potential licensing issues if software assets aren’t proactively managed

A True Partner for Software Licensing Risk Management

Connor can help your enterprise navigate through the software licensing and audit challenges of M&A, which will help preserve or free up integration funds for the business.

IT Contract Risk Assessments (M&A focus)

Software Baselining and Compliance Reporting

M&A Software Vendor Playbook (Day 1 focus)

Prepare for “Day 1” and Beyond

Our consultants are armed with deep expertise in contract compliance and IT M&A. Our proven approach and vendor playbook to managing the impact of software licensing during the M&A lifecycle allows us to help you mitigate non-compliance risks and address known licensing needs.

What our clients say about us…

In our world of IP protection and enforcement, supply chain reviews are a key component of our program. Having a trusted partner that respects and treats your customers as their own is priceless—and Connor does just that.

Vivian Vassello, Sr. Director Intellectual Property Protection & Enforcement at Dolby

Connor is rare in that it’s not just a vendor; it is a partner to us. The Connor team gives us the sense we are in this together, and they are always looking at ways to make us more successful.

Mark Bhide, Sr. Director of Global Brand Protection & Licensing Compliance

Connor is hands-down the best boutique audit firm in the Bay Area. Their knowledgeable, polished and communicative team goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure we are satisfied with their work. You won’t find another firm that responds so quickly with such high quality deliverables and positive attitude.

Jannik Nelson, PDG - WW Finance & License Compliance at ARM

As a licensee in the past, I was tremendously impressed by the ability of Connor’s team to be comprehensive and pleasant to work with. I appreciated their efforts in particular to teach us best practice, and it’s why I hired them later when I became a licensor. I strongly recommend Connor team to any licensors that wish the check the compliance of agreements, while maintaining good relationships with their licensees.

Licensing Manager at multinational company in the media and entertainment sector

Every member of a Connor team is a dedicated and specialized license auditing expert, which makes them different from the Big 4 accounting firms. As a result, they know how to work with licensees to get results. They are efficient, fair, reasonable, diligent, focused on the essential issues, and tough when they need to be.

Principal IP counsel at multinational CE company

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