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September 25, 2018

Do You Have Executive Commitment in M&A or Just Some High-Level Involvement?
By Jack Prouty, President of the M&A Leadership Council

Have you heard the story of the chicken and the pig?

The chicken comes and visits the pig and in conversation says, “you know Farmer Brown has been great to all of us animals and I think we should do something for him.” The pig says, “I agree, what do you propose?” The chicken says, “I think we should fix him breakfast. ..."

September 25, 2018

Finish 2018 Strong
By Jim Jeffries, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council

The M&A Leadership Council has enjoyed a stellar year, enabling us to reach the milestone of 3,000 attendees to our training events. We’ve already posted the training calendar for next year and opened registrations for a few select courses, including The Art of M&A Divestitures and Carve-Outs. This event is designed to equip C-level executives for the unique complication of divestitures. It will only be offered once next year so don’t miss out on this opportunity.

August 31, 2018

Digital Transformation: The journey to integrate people, technologies and new ways of working.
Presented by Willis Towers Watson, a Partner of the M&A Leadership Council

We are pleased to invite you to the second edition of Willis Towers Watson’s M&A Forum which will be held in Toronto on October 4. This full-day conference will be dedicated to human capital challenges faced within digital transformation and will provide an opportunity for participants to share experiences among peers.

August 27, 2018

A 4-Step Approach for Applying Automation to Jobs
Submitted by Willis Towers Watson, a partner of M&A Leadership Council

We’re delighted to announce the September publication of Reinventing Jobs, A 4-Step Approach for Applying Automation to Jobs by work and human capital experts Ravin Jesuthasan and John Boudreau. Reinventing Jobs explores our vision of what the future of work will really look like, and how it will impact organizations as they seek growth and success in an era of change and digital transformation. More importantly, it reveals how leaders can guide this change within their own organizations.

August 23, 2018

Technology, Media & Telecommunications Trend Report
Submitted by Mergermarket/Acuris, a partner of the M&A Leadership Council 

Against a backdrop of tariffs, trade wars, and media wars, Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) has arguably been the top sector to watch in the year to date. Among the most high profile events in just the last couple of months, the sector has witnessed the collapse of the NXP/Qualcomm transaction as a result of trade tensions between China and the US, as well as Comcast abandoning its bid for Fox in an effort to focus more on its bid for Sky in its growing battles with Disney over market share.

August 23, 2018

Investigative Due Diligence
By Joann Arweiler and Peter Woglom with BDO, a partner of the M&A Leadership Council

Access to information is one of the keys to managing risk in an M&A transaction. Investigative due diligence (IDD) should be placed alongside legal and financial diligence as a critical component of a buyer’s diligence process.

August 23, 2018

Charting Your Path – Let Your Experience Lead the Way
By Jim Jeffries, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council

2018 is turning into a banner year for our M&A certification program. More and more companies are determined to garner success from their acquisitions, and they realize that – just like other capabilities in their organization – M&A’s require skills and expertise.

August 23, 2018

The Good Keep Getting Better
By Jack Prouty, President of the M&A Leadership Council

Jim Jeffries and I founded the M&A Leadership Council eight years ago with the mission of helping companies grow their in-house M&A competencies and get better at M&A. At the time, we thought our target audience would be mid-size companies largely new to M&A. Instead we have found that most of our program attendees are from large, publicly traded companies that are serial acquirers. They are good at M&A, but they know that good is not good enough. If they are going to continue to be successful serial acquirers, then they need to be best of class.