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May 26, 2015

Developing an Effective Leadership Communication Style
by Tyler Durham, Partner, President, Ketchum Change

Organizations and leaders today operate in a complex state of continuous flux. There is ongoing change across industries, political and regulatory environments, leadership, technology, and communication. All of these happen quickly and with limited predictability, which is forcing organizations to meet these challenges in a new way to stay competitive.

May 26, 2015

Exactly What Email Users in Each Organization Will Need 
by Vadim Gringolts, CTO, Binary Tree

In the world of M&A, Day One is as critical of a concept as there exists: the first day when two legacy organizations can start acting as one. Effective Day One communication and collaboration between new colleagues using their legacy corporate email environments cannot be overstated.

May 26, 2015

Some Interesting M&A Data
Provided by Mergermarket

Mergermarket has released its Q1 2015 M&A trend report for the Northeast, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Take a look at the full report HERE.  A few key findings include:

May 26, 2015

Seeking to Fill Positions in M&A 

The M&A Leadership Council is routinely asked to refer experienced independent or boutique consultants and project contractors for a variety of general M&A, due diligence and integration assignments. Typical assignments are with Fortune 500 or upper mid-market acquirers with active or pending opportunities. Currently, the following prospective, project-based opportunities are being sourced.

April 30, 2015

Training Session: Best Practices, Tools & Techniques for Each Phase of the Planning and Managing of an M&A Integration

The true value of an acquisition is not achieved when you close the deal, but when you complete it.  Today, as in the past, 70% of M&As fail to deliver the shareholder value promised. There is no justification for this high failure rate.  By focusing on both the art and the science of effective M&A integration, companies can “stack the deck for success.”

April 23, 2015

Element 1 in the S3 Guidance Model: Synergies
by Jim Jeffries, Chairman, M&A Leadership Council

Synergies…. Aren’t they the evil reasons for doing the deal?  Let’s take a look.  Webster says, “Synergy is the increased effectiveness that results when two or more people or businesses work together.” Wikipedia says, “Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts.” So wait -- Isn’t it all about cutting people and saving money? 
April 23, 2015

Corporate Review:  "Building Internal M&A Capabilities"
Mark Herndon, President of M&A Partners, Interviewed on Fox Business Network

Mark Herndon, President of M&A Partners, recently sat down with Donald Trump, Jr, and discussed the challenges facing acquirers in today's M&A market. Click below to watch the video of their meeting.
April 23, 2015
Stating "No Change" in the Short-Term Can Cause Longer-Term Value Erosion
by Jack Prouty, President, M&A Leadership Council
 
A year or so ago Jim Jeffries (Chairman of the Council) and I conducted a number of executive briefings to understand various companies’ approaches to M&A integration. On two occasions we heard what we would describe, from our experiences and expertise, as a “worse” practice: Do No Harm! Their approach was that in the first 12 months after close of the transaction they would not make any changes to the acquired company.