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December 4, 2017

Complex Transactions, Third-Party Vendor Relationships and IT Management All Call for Thorough TSAs.
By William Blandford, Managing Director at Blandford Associates and Member of the Board of M&A Standards

Why do so many divestitures fail to live up to their potential value? Transition Services Agreements (TSAs) often get overlooked or pushed off until far too late in the transaction. Yet a solid TSA certainly preserves deal value, especially in these three scenarios.

November 28, 2017

See How Your Region Will Perform in the Coming Months.
Submitted by Intralinks

How will your region’s M&A activity perform over the next six months? Find out – plus get a wealth of actionable market intelligence – in the current edition of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor.

November 28, 2017

Use These Strategies to Navigate One of the Most Challenging Integration Scenarios.
By Mark Herndon, President of M&A Partners

Over the last two years, divestitures have comprised a rapidly increasing percentage of total M&A transaction value. If your organization is like most, you've done far more acquisitions than divestitures, and you may now be responding on the fly to this renewed sell-side challenge. Conversely, if your organization is an experienced Buyer, you may now be challenged with how to integrate certain divested assets, entities or divisions divested from a corporate whole, but less than the entire company as you have integrated before. If so, welcome to the world of integrating carve-outs...one of the most challenging of all integration scenarios!

November 28, 2017

The Coming Year Brings More Global M&A Deal Activity.
By Jim Jeffries, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council

As your M&A team looks ahead to the coming year, what do you see? Experts predict that 2018 will be a banner year for global M&A transactions, so now is the time to start preparing your organization to maximize value on every deal. Here’s a look at eight M&A trends for 2018.

November 21, 2017

The 2017 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey examines the role of benefits in the employee value proposition.
Submitted by Willis Towers Watson

The Willis Towers Watson Global Benefits Attitudes Survey (GBAS) examines the role of benefits in defining and differentiating today’s employee value proposition. The survey explores the extent to which benefits individually and collectively shape employees’ actions; how closely they align with employees’ employment and lifestyle priorities; and their links to stress, absence, presenteeism and work engagement.

November 21, 2017

Mergermarket and Willis Towers Watson publish a joint M&A report.
Submitted by Mergermarket

Mergermarket is pleased to present Hitting the Right Targets, published in association with Willis Towers Watson. Based on interviews with 200 senior-level executives within the insurance industry, the report explores how insurers are optimizing their capital strategies and what effect this will have on the M&A market.

November 6, 2017

Past attendees share their most important lessons.
By Jim Jeffries, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council

The M&A Leadership Council is kicking off 2018 with The Art of M&A for Divestitures and Carve-Outs. In this unique workshop setting, you’ll work alongside your peers and learn from M&A experts from BDO, Willis Towers Watson, M&A Partners and others. Here’s a look at what past attendees learned from The Art of M&A for Divestitures and Carve-Outs.

October 30, 2017

Bypassing due diligence proves a costly mistake.
By Bill Blandford, Member of the Board of M&A Standards

We learned the hard way how important due diligence really is! The Buyer, the management of one product line, purchased a very small-carve out from a firm in China. Because it was so small, the deal didn’t go through the Corporate Due Diligence office.