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May 23, 2023

It Is Up To You to Stack the Deck
By Mark Herndon, Chairman Emeritus, M&A Leadership Council 

Integration is tough. There are no formulas. No cookie-cutter patterns. Seldom a simple solution. But as my friend and President Emeritus of the M&A Leadership Council, Jack Prouty, says – there is a way you can “stack the deck for success.”

April 4, 2023

Complex Transactions, Third-Party Vendor Relationships and IT Management All Call for Thorough TSAs
By William Blandford, Managing Director at Blandford Associates and Member of the Board of M&A Standards

Why do so many divestitures fail to live up to their potential value? Transition Services Agreements (TSAs) often get overlooked or pushed off until far too late in the transaction. Yet a solid TSA certainly preserves deal value, especially in these three scenarios.

March 2, 2023

By Mark Herndon, Chairman, M&A Leadership Council

Most companies still struggle with culture and employee experience (EX) during M&A.

Actions originally intended to empower and align employees more typically come across as haphazard, ill-conceived, or poorly...

February 15, 2023

Remember that 2015 movie with Matt Damon, called The Martian? It should be "required watching" for all M&A professionals because it offers essential advice all M&A integrators should live by.

February 8, 2023

You've probably felt the crunch caused by the current economic climate, which has led to corporate development and integration leaders being challenged like never before.

January 26, 2023

You’re invited to be part of a brand new in-person, experiential course offered by the M&A Leadership Council, The Art of M&A® for Integration Leaders: Collaborative Forum.

This is a hands-on working session for senior-level corporate development, M&A, and integration leaders intended to help corporate acquirers make an immediate and sustained improvement on integration results with every deal.

August 15, 2022

Fundamentals of M&A: An Excerpt from The Art of M&A Book Series
By Alexandra Reed Lajoux, Board of M&A Standards/Founding Principal at CapEx 

How Common are Postmerger Divestitures of Acquired Company Units? It depends on how long a timeline for divestiture you are considering.  Few companies divest units immediately following an acquisition (unless they are compelled to do so by antitrust regulators), but many  ... 

March 29, 2022

7 Key Integration Initiatives and Objectives to Consider
By Mark Herndon, Chairman of M&A Leadership Council

The recent acquisition of Tiffany & Co. (TIF) by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) was not technically a hostile takeover, but given the outright insults, threats, lawsuits, back-channel dealings, and portended government intervention – it certainly could not have been more hostile.