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July 19, 2018

Retaining and Engaging Digital Talent
By Ken Kuk with Willis Towers Watson, a partner of M&A Leadership Council

An increasing number of companies use corporate transactions as a means to acquire the talent they need for digital transformation, in hopes of leveraging assets (e.g., data) to create new sources of value for customers and shareholders. They’re seeking new ways of engaging with customers, more customized products and solutions, and the use of automation and machine learning to increase operating efficiency.

July 18, 2018

Balancing Competing Initiatives     
By William Blandford, Managing Director at Blandford Associates and Member of The Board of M&A Standards

"Speed Dating" is defined as an organized process in which participants have one-on-one conversations, typically limited to less than ten minutes, for the purpose of getting to know others. I have used this "Speed Dating" process to identify and address the complex relationships among competing initiatives (referred to as interdependencies) with functional integration teams for acquisitions, especially in more complicated cases.

July 10, 2018

"The Stars are Aligning for M&A in 2018"
Submitted by Mergermarket, a partner of the M&A Leadership Council 

Mergermarket, an Acuris company, has released its Global M&A roundup for the first half (H1) of 2018, including its financial advisors league tables, and it continues to be promising! The momentum seen in Q1 2018 has carried over into the second quarter, pushing global M&A to its highest post-crisis value on Mergermarket record with US$ 1.94tn (8,560 deals) announced so far.


June 26, 2018

One Line at a Time
by Jack Prouty, President at M&A Leadership Council

Over the years, I have accumulated go-to phrases to illustrate key points in effective planning and managing of an acquisition/integration. These one-liners help the attendees of the M&A Leadership Council training programs

June 26, 2018

Deal or No Deal
By Jim Jeffries, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council

Often the best deals are those we never do. Today, many members of the M&A community appear to have misunderstandings about the real purpose of due diligence.

June 25, 2018

What Has Changed and How to Improve Deal Values in Domestic Corporate Transactions
By Michael Williams with BDO, a partner of the M&A Leadership Council

Dealmakers are living in a brave new world of tax rules now. Many describe the recent federal income tax legislation as historic—a once-in-a-generation event—but it would also be accurate to describe it as complex, with far-reaching strategic implications for organizations that transcend the tax function. 

June 25, 2018

Everyone Looking for Acquisitions in Israel
Submitted by Mergermarket, a partner of the M&A Leadership Council 

Israel’s technology sector is attracting all sorts to its shores, including investors from regions that previously conducted little business in the country, panelists said during Mergermarket’s Israel M&A Forum.


June 25, 2018

4 Ways the HR Role is Pivotal to M&A Success (Part 4 in a series)
Submitted by Willis Towers Watson, a partner of M&A Leadership Council

If you’ve been following this series, you know that your workforce is likely changing due to increased automation. You also know that Total Rewards strategies are likely to undergo significant transformation in the next few years. And that it’s time to reevaluate your company’s wellbeing strategy in light of