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The Artful Synergist, or How To Get More Value from Mergers and Acquisitions

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According to a February 2017 McKinsey & Company article, “Keeping your deal team small ensures confidentiality, but pinpointing synergies requires bringing more people on board…Making sure that large M&A deals create value is as much about knowing whom to involve—and when—as it is about knowing how to capture synergies. The larger the deal, the more… Read more »

How a Trump Presidency Will Affect 15 Industries

According to the November 12, 2016 issue of The Washington Post, “Oil drillers. Gas pipelines. Coal. Banks. Pharmaceuticals. Construction and industrial equipment. The defense industry. Those are among the likely winners of a Donald Trump administration that could take the lid off coal and fracking regulations, begin an extensive repair of the nation’s roads and… Read more »

Here’s What It Takes for Your Company’s Culture to Survive an Acquisition

Integrating two companies’ cultures takes forethought, a solid plan, and time, according to the September 13, 2016 issue of Fast Company. The article states: “Your company’s culture is what defines it. Small startup or large corporation, it’s the set of values and attitudes that bind your employees together. So what happens to that identity when another company buys you out?

Keeping Employee Engagement Up During Mergers and Acquisitions

“Mergers and acquisitions are enticing, especially to organizations looking to expand during uncertain economic times. They hold the promise of an expanded customer base, a larger global footprint, instant product diversification and an easy route into new markets. However, M&A is usually anything but smooth for the employees on the ground floor, and can wreak… Read more »

Founder vs. CEO: Who Creates More Value?

“In many ways, founders are the soul of a company. That’s one of the reasons why many investors prefer working with companies led by the founder rather than a professional CEO. It’s also why some companies bring founders back during times of trouble,” according to an April 20, 2016 article in Pitchbook.com. “The skills needed… Read more »

The Future Is Here. It Just Needs a Big Push.

“For technology to advance human productivity and prosperity, it needs a coordinated effort to share it everywhere and with everyone,” notes the Wall Street Journal on January 20, 2016. “The information-technology revolution has transformed our lives: how we drive, how we order taxis and record daily events, how we consume movies and the news. It… Read more »

Will 2016 Be Another Banner Year for Deals?

In a January 4, 2016 article, The Wall Street Journal observed: “Stars that had long been out of alignment came together to make 2015 the biggest year ever for mergers and acquisitions and set up what could be another frenzied stretch in 2016…What’s more, whenever macroeconomic threats have arisen lately…the M&A market has remained steady,… Read more »

A Venture Capital Giant Says: Bubble? What Bubble?

“The unicorns are multiplying, but if Andreessen Horowitz is right, the highflying venture capital community will have cause for concern when the inevitable thinning of the herd takes place,” according to a July 2, 2015 article in The New York Times. “The unicorns, of course, are the 60-odd technology start-ups that have taken investments valuing… Read more »