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August 15, 2022

Fundamentals of M&A: An Excerpt from The Art of M&A Book Series
By Alexandra Reed Lajoux, Board of M&A Standards/Founding Principal at CapEx 

How Common are Postmerger Divestitures of Acquired Company Units? It depends on how long a timeline for divestiture you are considering.  Few companies divest units immediately following an acquisition (unless they are compelled to do so by antitrust regulators), but many  ... 

July 25, 2022

It Is Up To You to Stack the Deck
By Mark Herndon, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council 

Integration is tough. There are no formulas. No cookie-cutter patterns. Seldom a simple solution. But as my friend and President Emeritus of the M&A Leadership Council, Jack Prouty, says – there is a way you can “stack the deck for success.”

May 23, 2022

Establishing an IMO plan for the purposes of managing integration is highly recommended, as it provides a “home base” for all integration activities and can be set up as a unique cost center to capture integration related expenses.  At its essence, an IMO is a temporary project management office that:  Drives development of overall integration plans, including all the integration projects, communications plan, and ....

March 29, 2022

7 Key Integration Initiatives and Objectives to Consider
By Mark Herndon, Chairman of M&A Leadership Council

The recent acquisition of Tiffany & Co. (TIF) by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) was not technically a hostile takeover, but given the outright insults, threats, lawsuits, back-channel dealings, and portended government intervention – it certainly could not have been more hostile.

March 2, 2022

Two M&A Integration Training Courses You Need to Attend
By Mark Herndon, Chairman and CEO of the M&A Leadership Council 

In 2021 we began offering two outstanding online trainings, The Art of M&A® Integration Strategy and Change Management and The Art of M&A® Executing Integration for Maximum Results. 

February 10, 2022

Part 2: Six Essential Components for your IMO Playbook & The Single Most Overlooked Requirement
By Mark Herndon, Chairman and CEO of the M&A Leadership Council 

Part 2 in this series will help you identify how your current playbook stacks up and how you can improve it. If your company has acquired in the past, you’ll have components at a basic level for a solid playbook. In our experience with different types, sizes, and experience levels of acquirers over the years, we have found that most IMO playbooks fall short, both in what they should contain and more importantly, what they can accomplish. 

February 7, 2022

Part 1: Integration Management Office (IMO) Playbook: Your Coach’s Handbook to M&A
Adapted from The Art of M&A Integration for Maximum Results

Famed basketball coach Bobby Knight wrote a defense playbook called “Let’s Play Defense” in 1968 that is still a prized possession and guide for many coaches over 50 years later.

January 9, 2022

20 Essential Requirements for Success 
by Mark Herndon, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council 

We have said it, you have said it, we have all said it. Let’s say it together one more time: “There is NO “cookie-cutter,” formulaic approach to M&A integration success.”