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January 31, 2014

We heartily invite all Art of M&A workshop alumni join the new “Art of M&A” Group on LinkedIn! 

We just started the group and it has over 80 members already. As an alum, you should have received an invitation though LinkedIn – please accept.  

This is an EXCLUSIVE group for the 500 alumni from our workshops.  “The Art of M&A” on LinkedIn is becoming the home base for our alumni to network with their peers as well as learn from workshop leaders. 

January 31, 2014

By Ellen Owens,
Director of Global M&A Integrations for Avnet

In July, 2012, Avnet, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest distributors of electronic components and computer products with global headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, hired me to assist in the research, design, and deployment of a disciplined and standardized global M&A and Integration process.

January 31, 2014

Mergermarket has released its Global M&A roundup for 2013, including its league tables for financial advisors.

Take a look at the report HERE.

A few key findings in the US include:

January 26, 2014

We want to congratulate our board member Alexandra Reed Lajoux and her co-author Dennis Roberts on the recent release of the latest in The Art of M&A series published by McGraw Hill. The Art of Bank M&A is the first of its kind in the series of books by Lajoux in that it is written to address M&A within a vertical industry vs a general M&A practice area. It is an outstanding study of the industry and goes beyond M&A by providing history and

December 24, 2013

In my past three blogs, I have discussed the Value of Certainty, The Value of Stability and the concept of Value Preservation Before Value Creation. In this issue, I want to close the series by acknowledging that the best deals are those where the deal team is truly focused on Value….. Value by the numbers and not the cosmetics in this new economy.

December 20, 2013

Will 2014 be the long anticipated time for the breakout of M&A deals?  Or, another year of post-2008 uncertainty?

As has been the case for several years, 2014 looks like it could signal the beginning of a surge in M&A deal-making.  The revival has been anticipated since the beginning of the financial crisis some five years ago, but each year as we view the fundamentals, the positive signs haven’t generated the expected volumes. 

Things may be changing….. At this writing:

December 19, 2013

A typical scenario I have observed and you may have directly experienced is the following:

December 17, 2013

Let me first set the typical context (understanding that in an M&A, very little is typical) for this in-house training program, which often is a 2-day session with the designated functional leaders of both companies: