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Cyber Diligence and Resiliency in M&A

Presented By: Aon / Ice Miller LLP

When you are preparing your company for any type of M&A transaction, knowing your cyber risks is critical to ensuring the due diligence process goes well and the deal gets closed. Join a panel of brand-name company IT executives, cybersecurity industry veterans, and M&A advisors as they peel back the curtain and share the secrets of asking the right questions, protecting data and IP, and making sure your company is ready for dealmaking.

Following a 40-minute panel discussion you will have the opportunity to meet the speakers and ask questions during a 20-minute video Q&A session.


Che Bhatia
Vice President Cyber Resilience & Engagement Management, Cyber Solutions

Che is responsible for helping clients proactively manage the cyber and enterprise risk and leads digital forensics, cybercrime, data breach, compliance, electronic discovery and business intelligence and investigations matters.

Prior to joining Aon in 2017, Chetan served as the Chief Technology Officer at Data Partner, Inc. In this role, he was responsible for the technical vision, strategy and roadmap for the organization. He was also a cyber-security consultant for Advance Resources and Consultants, a firm made up of former senior-level government and military officers, where he conducted cyber security risk assessments for organizations awarded federal government contracts. He also worked for Nexum, where he served in a variety of roles such as business development director and practice manager and was responsible for the project management and network/security engineering teams. Before joining Nexum, he worked at Hewitt Associates and Aon, where he deployed and administered security controls and was part of a team that maintained the network security infrastructure protecting the PII of over 75% of the Fortune 500 organizations.


Reena Bajowala
Ice Miller LLP

Reena R. Bajowala is a partner in Ice Miller’s Data Security & Privacy, Information Technology (IT) & Software Disputes and Benefit Disputes practices. Reena is a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional – US (CIPP/US). Reena regularly advises on data privacy and security, with a focus on data breach, cybersecurity and InfoSec issues. She helps clients investigate, remediate and comply with legal obligations when faced with a data security incident, including in business email compromise, ransomware or wire transfer fraud scenarios. She is experienced with data security and privacy due diligence for corporate transactions, conducting risk assessments, developing privacy and security compliance programs, and doing proactive planning for potential data security incidents, including drafting incident response plans, communications plans and conducting tabletop exercises. She also advises on issues of cyber literacy on public and private boards of directors. In addition, Reena helps evaluate legal risks relating to emerging technologies, including Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and drones.

Reena also represents buyers and providers of IT services embroiled in issues ranging from billing and performance disputes arising from Master Services Agreements and Service Level Agreements to copyright and licensing disputes pursuant to Software Licensing and SaaS agreements. Reena also protects the interests of companies during software licensing reviews or audits by software companies. While her goal is to resolve disputes pre-litigation, Reena has extensive litigation and trial experience from filing of complaint to settlement or verdict, including over 100 days of first-chair trial experience. 

Darin Hurd
Chief Information Security Officer
Guaranteed Rate

Darin Hurd serves as the Chief Information Security Officer of Guaranteed Rate. Darin started at Guaranteed Rate in July of 2018. He has over twenty years' experience in information technology, consulting and financial services.

William Shortt
Director, Cyber Security, M&A Advisory




Justin Stahl
Vice President of Information Technology
Chicago Bears

Conference Location

Dealmakers Conference
Chicago, IL
Tel: (800) 988-4726