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August 26, 2020

Smaller, Modern Designs Presented as Clean, Safe Sources for Baseload Power
By Nate Trela and Hana Askren with Mergermarket, a partner of the M&A Leadership Council 

August 21, 2020

All the M&A gurus and research will tell you that retention of key talent is critical to M&A success. In today's environment, where 'business as usual' is no longer the ‘usual,’ a company's retention strategy needs to be viewed through a different lens and adjusted to reflect the new reality. You need to set aside the numbers and take a more in-depth look at the human side.

August 1, 2020

Getting Better at Divestitures
By Jack Prouty, President of the M&A Leadership Council

Who needs to worry about planning and managing divestitures? The answer is most companies that are striving to continually position themselves for business success while showing strong financial performance to their shareholder.

July 29, 2020

Over dinner one night during a recent client engagement, the Vice President of Corporate Development leaned forward across the table, and as if whispering a stock tip, asked, “What is the fastest you’ve ever developed a transition services agreement (TSA)?” It was no stock tip, and no joke. He was dead serious, and frankly, he was caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Their deal had languished for weeks while pushing through very complex deal terms. When the breakthrough came, they were caught flat-footed.

July 29, 2020

Chairman's Message - July 2020
By Mark Herndon, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council

From a strategic standpoint, this is perhaps the one thing about our current environment that is not entirely unprecedented. Based on data from the 2008-2010 global financial crisis. We saw companies in diverse sectors move methodically to revisit portfolio holdings ...

July 29, 2020

Mergermarket Releases 1H20 Global M&A Report  
Submitted by Mergermarket, a partner of the M&A Leadership Council 

July 28, 2020

Preserving and Leveraging Your Target Company’s Secret Sauce
By Mark Herndon, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council and John Bender, President of M&A Partners

One of the most important concepts in integration strategy, planning, and execution is “Secret Sauce.” These critical capabilities – the elements that make the TargetCo distinctly strategic or valuable in the first place – must be carefully analyzed, retained, and leveraged during integration to fully realize the planned business results. 

July 27, 2020

They Should be Regarded as Significant Deals, Not Afterthoughts

About 30% of all M&A transactions are divestitures -- so they should be regarded as significant deals, not afterthoughts. These transactions require strategic treatment due to their complexity, scope, governance, transition time, and business risk for both buyer and seller. The potential benefits of a well planned divestiture should not be overlooked, as they can help yield company growth, a refocus on core competencies, and even higher purchase prices. Following are four important real-world truths about divestitures.