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February 21, 2024

A Well Written TSA Eases IT Transitions
By William Blandford, Managing Director at Blandford Associates

While many people have participated in the acquisition of a business, fewer have participated in a carve-out, a type of divestiture where a part of a business is sold. However, as businesses move ......

February 20, 2024

Culture Success Drives M&A Success
By Mark Herndon, Chairman Emeritus, M&A Leadership Council

“We’ve done 50 acquisitions globally and STILL don’t know BEANS* about culture!” This transparent acknowledgement from the Division President of a global Fortune 100 manufacturer was the launch point.....

February 15, 2024

3 Mission-Critical Ingredients Will Transform the Seller's Business Post-Divestiture
By Mark Herndon, Chairman Emeritus, M&A Leadership Council

Let’s face it – once a divestiture sale closes, there’s a natural tendency for executive focus and accountability to immediately shift to other urgent priorities and let the seller’s remaining post-sale business continue on a “business as usual”.....

February 13, 2024

Before Launching Your Next Integration Take a Good Look
by Mark Herndon, Chairman Emeritus, M&A Leadership Council 

​It’s not a trick question: “How do you know you're ready to launch integration planning?” Our answer? Not until you’ve done THIS – created a comprehensive Integration Strategy Framework (ISF)......

February 8, 2024

The Art of M&A® / Financing and Refinancing
An excerpt from The Art of M&A, Fifth Edition: A Merger, Acquisition, and Buyout Guide by Alexandra Reed Lajoux

Can a buyer always finance all or part of a transaction through partial divestments or spin-offs? Not necessarily. This is possible only when the business acquired consists of separate components or has excess real estate or other assets.....

February 5, 2024

M&A Resourcing Imperative: Staffing Your M&A Team for Optimal Impact
By M&A Leadership Council

One of the most persistent and perplexing challenges many acquirers struggle with is inadequate M&A team resourcing. The M&A resource problem plagues experienced acquirers as well as inexperienced ones. There simply never .....

January 30, 2024

Spin-Offs Clearly Demonstrate Real-Life Business Lessons
By M&A Leadership Council 

Spin-offs have become a common strategy for companies looking to streamline operations or explore new market opportunities. But what can these corporate maneuvers teach us about business overall? .....

January 24, 2024

The Art of M&A® / Integration: Negotiating the Letter of Intent
An excerpt from The Art of M&A, Fifth Edition: A Merger, Acquisition, and Buyout Guide by Alexandra Reed Lajoux

What is a letter of intent?  A letter of intent, or LOI (also known as a memorandum of understanding) is a written instrument that defines the respective preliminary understandings of the parties about to engage .......