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August 1, 2020

Getting Better at Divestitures
By Jack Prouty, President of the M&A Leadership Council

Who needs to worry about planning and managing divestitures? The answer is most companies that are striving to continually position themselves for business success while showing strong financial performance to their shareholder.

July 29, 2020

Pay Environments - PostMerger
An excerpt from The Art of M&A by Alexandra Reed Lajoux

Why would a newly combined company want to have different pay plans for its units?

July 29, 2020

Chairman's Message - July 2020
By Mark Herndon, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council

From a strategic standpoint, this is perhaps the one thing about our current environment that is not entirely unprecedented. Based on data from the 2008-2010 global financial crisis. We saw companies in diverse sectors move methodically to revisit portfolio holdings ...

July 29, 2020

Mergermarket Releases 1H20 Global M&A Report  
Submitted by Mergermarket, a partner of the M&A Leadership Council 

July 28, 2020

Preserving and Leveraging Your Target Company’s Secret Sauce
By Mark Herndon, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council and John Bender, President of M&A Partners

One of the most important concepts in integration strategy, planning, and execution is “Secret Sauce.” These critical capabilities – the elements that make the TargetCo distinctly strategic or valuable in the first place – must be carefully analyzed, retained, and leveraged during integration to fully realize the planned business results. 

July 27, 2020

They Should be Regarded as Significant Deals, Not Afterthoughts

About 30% of all M&A transactions are divestitures -- so they should be regarded as significant deals, not afterthoughts. These transactions require strategic treatment due to their complexity, scope, governance, transition time, and business risk for both buyer and seller. The potential benefits of a well planned divestiture should not be overlooked, as they can help yield company growth, a refocus on core competencies, and even higher purchase prices. Following are four important real-world truths about divestitures.

June 29, 2020

Chairman’s Message – June 2020
By Mark Herndon, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council 

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June 29, 2020

That Certain Something that Makes Them Unique
By Mark Herndon of the M&A Leadership Council and John Bender of M&A Partners

Preserving the target company’s “secret sauce” is probably one of the most often quoted, but least understood and consistently applied principles for success in the entire M&A world. That statement is not just for shock value.