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November 29, 2015

The Story of an Integration Flashpoint of the Worst Sort
by Mark Herndon, President, M&A Partners

Those words in a big, bold font literally jumped out at me from the bright yellow lapel buttons in the town hall meeting. There were dozens of them, and probably dozens more posted in cubicles throughout the building. That phrase, “are you my boss?” was now, officially, a flashpoint of the worst sort.....

November 29, 2015

Some Interesting M&A Data
Provided by Mergermarket

Mergermarket research shows that global M&A has broken last year’s annual tally after another Merger Monday in early November pushed 2015 total deal value to USD 3.29tn! For an infographic on the activity, please see HERE......

November 29, 2015

An Excerpt from "The Employee Handbook for Navigating Mergers and Acquisitions"
by Mitchell Lee Marks

If there is one final lesson we can offer on the M&A process it is that just as things may appear to be settling down, they can change all over again.  In one of our most important findings from studying mergers and acquisitions for over 30 years, we discovered that  ...

November 29, 2015

Seeking to Fill M&A Positions

Are you or someone you know ready for a new role in the M&A field?  Please check these listings and submit your resume to [email protected]; the Council will forward best candidates to the pertinent company ...

October 30, 2015
Chairman's Message, October 2015
by Jim Jeffries, Chairman, M&A Leadership Council
There is no question today that growth by acquisitions has become a business within our businesses.  There is no question that well executed M&A can contribute more to corporate value than many of the portfolio products or services delivered on a day-to-day basis.


October 30, 2015

A View from the Trenches
by Jack Prouty, President M&A Leadership Council

For this success story, let me share some quick background:  A large Midwest consumer products company acquired a small, privately held company in an adjacent business (similar customer base, but very different products). 

October 30, 2015

When It's Not the Time to Learn on the Job
by Mark Herndon, President, M&A Partners

Based on the recent survey conducted by M&A Partners, "The State of M&A Integration Effectiveness 2014," integration project staffing was cited as both the #1 “most important breakthrough or best practice with integration,” and simultaneously listed as the #1 “greatest remaining obstacle to overcome for more consistent integration success.”

October 30, 2015

Communication and Confidence in the Business World
by Kim Essex, Partner and Director of Ketchum's North American Food Practice

In its fourth year, the Women in Agribusiness Summit draws women who have “shattered the ceiling” or plan to be knocking on it in the not too distant future. Barri Rafferty, Ketchum Senior Partner and CEO North America, joined me this year for the Summit in Minneapolis and presented her unique and compelling perspective on what it takes to succeed as a female leader in business.