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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.

March 2, 2022

Two M&A Integration Training Courses You Need to Attend
By Mark Herndon, Chairman and CEO of the M&A Leadership Council 

In 2021 we began offering two outstanding online trainings, The Art of M&A® Integration Strategy and Change Management and The Art of M&A® Executing Integration for Maximum Results. 

February 10, 2022

Part 2: Six Essential Components for your IMO Playbook & The Single Most Overlooked Requirement
By Mark Herndon, Chairman and CEO of the M&A Leadership Council 

Part 2 in this series will help you identify how your current playbook stacks up and how you can improve it. If your company has acquired in the past, you’ll have components at a basic level for a solid playbook. In our experience with different types, sizes, and experience levels of acquirers over the years, we have found that most IMO playbooks fall short, both in what they should contain and more importantly, what they can accomplish. 

February 7, 2022

Part 1 / Integration Management Office (IMO) Playbook: Your Coach’s Handbook to M&A
Adapted from The Art of M&A Integration for Maximum Results

Famed basketball coach Bobby Knight wrote a defense playbook called Let’s Play Defense in 1968 that is still a prized possession and guide for many coaches over 50 years later.