The Road So Far
By Jim Jeffries, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council
As summer comes to an end and we begin wrapping up 2019, I have been reflecting on how far things have come since the inaugural “Art of M&A℠” training event in of June 2010. Nearly a decade ago, Jack Prouty and I founded the M&A Leadership Council to give back to the M&A community by creating and delivering executive training seminars and workshops for corporate buy-side executives.
It took considerable resources to determine the “what” or “science” of M&A. More importantly, it was evident that there was a lack of training in the “how to” or the “art” of M&A. Our goal was to develop training events to fill in that gap and try to reverse the downward trend for M&A results. Today, we are fortunate to partner with some of the best professional services firms like BDO, Willis Towers Watson, Prophet and M&A Partners, who give of their time, talent and expertise to help the Council improve M&A outcomes for our alumni.
Recognizing that M&A professionals need a way to showcase their unique experience, the Council subsequently launched the Certified M&A Specialist program four years ago, incorporating both our training events and The Art of M&A book series by Dr. Alexander Reed Lajoux. The Board of M&A Standards was founded as a governing agency to oversee the program. Collectively, these entities are weaving a legacy of M&A excellence. We continue to grow our M&A network, focus on developing curriculum that sets us apart and strive to continue the Council’s reputation as today’s thought leader in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures execution.
Enjoy the newsletter,