M&A Academy: Digital Focus

Raise your awareness on key digital topics. Don’t get left behind while other companies already moved ahead!

A series of sessions for M&A professionals about digital readiness, cyber security and data analytics & artificial intelligence (AI)


Are your portfolio companies or targets digital ready? 

In an increasingly digitised marketplace, competition is fierce and opportunities for multiple arbitrage are scarce. More than ever, private equity managers need additional insights to find value where others cannot. Digitisation is high on every company’s agenda, but some of us miss important questions when evaluating targets: How far has the target company digitised its services and products, operations and back office? How does the level of digitisation compare with the competition? These are some of the questions that should be a big part of any private equity investor’s due diligence.


Why should you attend?

During our session, we will give an overview on how digitisation has impacted nearly all industries on the outside (new services, new sales and communication channels)  but also on the inside (new production methods and ways of collaboration). 

We’ll discuss how M&A professionals can assess where target companies and their competitors stand with digitisation and how they can support their portfolio companies in developing comprehensive digital strategies.


Fernand Dimidschstein

Partner, Brussels

+32 (0)2 710 7236


An interactive hacking experience to increase your cyber security awareness

Modern cyber-attacks are more complex than ever. Do you know which cyber threats your company faces? How prepared are you to deal with them? This session is not a sales talk but a very interactive hacking experience addressed to M&A professionals. 


Why should you attend?

Our interactive demo is a role-playing game where we simulate a targeted attack to show how companies get breached today. You will be in the driver's seat and will decide on how you will react during this hacking experience. We will also address other key topics like malware, ransomware, the dark-net and more to give you a good understanding of today’s corporate cyber threats. 


Rudy Hoskens

Partner, Brussels

+32 (0)2 710 4307


Vito Rallo

Senior Manager, Brussels

+32 (0)2 710 4352


Data analytics and AI: How much intelligence do you drive from analytics?

All the way from descriptive to prescriptive analytics and artificial intelligence, businesses are bombarded daily with information about the great potential and the transformation power of those technologies. Yes, analytics and AI are here and they change the way we live, work and do business. 


  • But how much intelligence can your target or asset drive from analytics?
  • How should today’s business prepare for tomorrow?
  • How can analytics and AI help businesses reimagine their processes, services and products?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How will human intelligence and perception be augmented further by analytics and AI?
  • What will be the impact on workforce and skills?
  • What are the underlying risks?
  • How will we look at targets tomorrow?


Nikolaos Loutas

Advisory - Consulting Technology Director, Brussels, PwC Belgium

+32 (0)2 710 4619


Pieter Jonckheere

Manager, Brussels

+32 (0)2 710 7028



12:00 - 13:00 Registration and walking lunch
13:00 - 14:00 Academic session and Q&A

Practical details


PwC Brussels

Woluwedal 19

1932 Zaventem

Language English
Cost These events are free of charge

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Contact us

Philippe Estas
Partner, Transactions Lead
Tel: +32 (0)2 710 4041

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