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May 29, 2018

What You Need to Know About SaaS Due Diligence
Submitted by Tom Allen of Midaxo, an M&A Leadership Council partner organization

Slack is worth over $5 billion. Shopify, $10 billion. LinkedIn was acquired for $26 billion and Salesforce is nearing $100 billion in market cap.

The shared trait among these tech stars: a SaaS (software as a service) business model. Unlike physical inventory and brick and mortar governed growth, cloud- based software has created a rapid and profitable way for a company to scale.   

May 29, 2018

BDO HORIZONS 2018 - Issue 2
Submitted by BDO, a partner of M&A Leadership Council 

​SInce 2015, BDO's M&A professionals have provided clients with quarterly analysis of all the latest developments in the global M&A mid-market in our HORIZONS magazine. By analyzing what lies ahead, we help clients make key strategic decisions on possible business developments. Based on the knowledge, in 2017 BDO supported clients across the globe in over 1,200 transactions. 

May 25, 2018

M&A – Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor: Q1 2018
Submitted by Willis Towers Watson, a partner organization of the M&A Leadership Council

Global M&A market performance was flat in the first quarter of 2018, according to Willis Towers Watson’s latest Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM). Dealmakers on average underperformed the Index1 by 0.1pp (percentage points) in the last three months, with large (valued at over $1bn) and mega (value at over $10bn) deals especially struggling to add value, as well as cross border and cross regional deals.

May 25, 2018

Technology, Media & Communications Trend Report Q1 2018
Submitted by MergerMarket/Acuris, a partner of the M&A Leadership Council 

Mergermarket, an Acuris company, has released its Global M&A roundup report for the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) Sector for the first quarter (Q1) of 2018. Our relative sense of privacy, or the idea of it at least, seems to have been permanently altered by events of late. Information is power, as everyone knows, and data aggregation misuse and hacking are the emerging weapons of choice in the new battle over knowledge.
May 24, 2018

Larry Dell Joins the M&A Leadership Council as Executive Director
Released by M&A Leadership Council 

DALLAS – May 24, 2018 – The M&A Leadership Council is proud to announce the addition of Larry Dell as its new Executive Director in charge of Alumni Relations. His primary responsibility will be to assist the more than 2,500 executives from around the world who have attended the various M&A training programs offered by the Council. 

May 24, 2018

A First Step in M&A's: Know Thyself!
by Jack Prouty, President of M&A Leadership Council 

In both The Art of M&A Due Diligence and The Art of M&A Integration, we tell our attendees, “If you are going to take on acquisitions—especially if you are a serial acquirer—you must first be internally ready.” Since many of them are strategic buyers, we ask them to consider how an acquisition complements their existing business and supports their growth strategy. We recommend a number of preparations your business needs for M&A success, and these need to be done beforehand, not when you are face-to-face with the diligence effort.

April 25, 2018

Success Can Require Counterintuitive Practices
By Jim Jeffries, Chairman at M&A Leadership Council 

There’s nothing like the emotional rush of having a high-risk investment pay off. That’s especially true with M&A. You’ve labored over negotiations, executed due diligence; and now you are the proud owner of a new business. 

April 24, 2018

Hidden Data Within My Organization
Submitted by BDO, a partner of M&A Leadership Council 

Data volumes continue to grow despite efforts to reduce digital footprints across the organization. Wherever you look, every part of your organization stores data. Do you know where your EU personal data resides? Can you easily find it, correct it, provide a copy of it to a data subject, or even delete it?