Adam Bastin

EVP Global Head of Strategy and Corporate Development at Unit4

Cambridge, United Kingdom


Senior M&A professional with >20 years’ experience of originating and executing acquisitions and investments for FTSE100 or PE-backed companies. Translate strategies into actionable plans, and executed dozens of acquisitions, investments and disposals across multiple geographies and stages. CIMA qualified

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 23 years

Seniority Level: Senior

Sector Experience: 

Communication Services Data and Analytics Food, Beverage and Tobacco Household and Personal Products Identity and Security Industrials Information Technology


Skilled in: Commercial Due Diligence, Financial Due Diligence, Vendor Due Diligence, Bolt-on acquisitions, Buy-and-Build, Corporate Governance & ESG, Controlling, Strategic Finance, Capital Raising, Fundraising strategy, Sell-side M&A, Corporate Development

Technical Skills: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Office, Capital IQ

Languages: Spanish, English, French

Work Experience


EVP Global Head of Strategy and Corporate Development



- 01/02/2023

• Part of the leadership team at TA Associates-backed Unit4, an enterprise software vendor which was acquired for $2bn in 2021. Reporting to the CEO, I have overall responsibility for full M&A and inorganic lifecycle, ranging from defining acquisition strategy, engaging with targets to originate transactions, deal negotiation, structuring, gaining board / investor approvals, transaction execution and overseeing integration • Re-started M&A agenda within Unit4 via defining areas for growth in-line with overall strategy, re-refreshing internal playbooks, developing capabilities within internal functions, upskilling team and bringing external relationships with banks/PE/VCs to Unit4


Vice President, Corporate Development



- 30/11/2021

• Responsible for Corporate Development activities at Arm Ltd (ex. FTSE 100 technology co acquired for £24bn) • Define growth strategies with CEO/CFO/EC members and business unit leaders before implementing M&A deals or venture investments. Involved market/commercial analysis, developing business plans, defining execution plan, approaching targets, negotiating terms / docs, deal structuring, valuation/pricing, directing external advisors, leading internal teams and leading Board presentations. Managed 2 direct reports and promoted three times in 8 years • Various non-exec roles (and Chair/Audit/Remcom leadership) at Arm-investee companies including Pragmatic Semiconductor, TrustonIC Ltd, Blu Wireless Ltd and DeepTech.Labs


Independent Non-Executive Director



- Now

• Board member at £160m NAV UK-listed fund which invests in emerging UK companies. Primary investment areas at present are Data & Analytics and Software Applications (external role separate to permanent position)

DeepTech Labs

Non Executive Director, Investment Committee member and Fellow



- 30/11/2021

Deeptech Labs is a VC fund, accelerator, and the catalyst for deeptech success. Twice a year, its cohort of startups are embedded in a powerful network of successful entrepreneurs, expert practitioners, leading researchers, and deeptech organisations worldwide. Deeptech Labs is founded by Arm, Cambridge Innovation Capital, Martlet Capital, and the University of Cambridge, forefront institutions at the heart of the Cambridge and global technology ecosystems.


Non Executive Director



- 30/09/2021

SeeChange.ai is an internally incubated AI recognition business, initially focussed on supermarket/retail sector uses cases. Business was internally incubated from scratch in Arm for 4 years before spinning out to a leading UK VC in 2021

Blu Wireless

Board Observer



- 30/09/2019

Non-executive director following ARM's acquisition of Geomerics in December 2013


Non Executive Director



- 29/02/2020

Execution and origination of M&A and capital market transactions for clients in the Aerospace & Defence, Building Materials and Diversified Industrial sectors


ARM Investor Director (Non-Executive)



- 30/11/2021

PragmatIC Semiconductor is a world leader in ultra-low-cost flexible electronics. Our unique technology platform enables innovators to create novel solutions to everyday problems that are beyond the scope of conventional electronics. Joined the board in 2014 following Arm's investment and over the following 7 years and 4 financing rounds the company grew from c.10 employees to over 100 and valuation increased over 30x. Chaired remuneration and Audit committees

Geomerics Ltd

Non Executive Director



- 30/11/2021

Non-executive director following ARM's acquisition of Geomerics in December 2013


Vice President, Corporate Finance



- 30/06/2013

Executed a range of M&A (buy-side, sell-side and joint ventures) and corporate finance transactions across BT Group plc

Merrill Lynch International

Vice President



- 01/10/2010

• Responsible for the origination and execution of M&A transactions, primarily for clients in the Building Products, Aerospace & Defence and Diversified Industrials sub-sectors • Led strategic dialogue with the clients regarding industry positioning & dynamics and M&A strategy as well as beginning to end execution of M&A mandates, including managing the day-to-day processes, leading detailed valuation and modelling of transactions, structuring of deals and negotiation of terms and documentation • Led recruitment, mentoring and staffing of c.30 analysts / associates for 18 months

HSBC Bank plc - Investment Banking

Manager, M&A Team



- 01/06/2006

• Execution of M&A and corporate finance transactions both in the UK and overseas including public offers, disposals, privatisations and equity raisings. Also led transaction-specific presentations to clients alongside sector teams. • Promoted to Associate in August 2002 and then to Manager in April 2005. Took on Graduate Manager role in 2005 giving me responsibility for managing team’s 12 analysts. Rated in top 20% of class in 2005 and 2006.


University of Bristol




- 31/12/1999

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants