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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 

As we build on this success, we would love to host you for one of our monthly online training programs soon. Don’t miss our next eventThe Art of M&A® Integration OnlineJuly 21-23!

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.

June 29, 2020

More food deliveries and demand for masks and protective barriers have boosted the industry. 
By Kasia Patel, Marlene Givant Star and Heather West with Mergermarket, an Acuris Company and partner of the M&A Leadership Council 

Interest in packaging M&A is likely to bounce back as some suppliers have seen increased demand due to the global coronavirus pandemic, several industry sources have told Mergermarket. 

June 15, 2020

What M&A Looks Like During the Pandemic
By Mark Herndon of the M&A Leadership Council and John Bender of M&A Partners

When Covid-19 first began its impact on the US economy, M&A Leadership Council partnered with M&A Partners to do a survey - the results of which were recently published in Harvard Business Review. 

June 12, 2020

Differences Between the Art of M&A Integration and Program Management
By Mark Herndon, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council 

“Several of our M&A team members have been to the M&A Leadership Council’s in-person workshop, The Art of M&A Integration. What is different in the new online workshop The Art of M&A Program Management that would be worth our time?”

May 27, 2020

As Pandemic Moves In, On-Premise Moves Out 
By Chris Metinko, Mark Andress and Deborah Balshem of Mergermarket, an Acuris Company and partner of the M&A Leadership Council 

The COVID-19 pandemic is hastening many companies’ ongoing migration to the cloud as organizations both small and large see their workforce turned into a well-distributed, stay-at-home army. While large on-premise datacenters were once all the rage, COVID-19 is helping to prove how unwieldy they can be, according to several industry sources.