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M&A Science

English, Finance, 1 season, 308 episodes, 3 days, 2 hours, 19 minutes
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M&A Science is an educational podcast exploring the intricate world of M&A with industry leaders and practitioners. This podcast is sponsored by DealRoom, a diligence management and virtual data room platform for complex financial transactions. 
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The Art of Executing Programmatic M&A

Wolfgang Schenk, VP of M&A at Belden   Opportunistic M&A can lead to bad acquisitions that don’t align with the company’s overall strategic goals. This creates a disjointed portfolio and integration challenges that could cause massive value leaks.    In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Wolfgang Schenk, VP of M&A at Belden, discusses the art of executing programmatic M&A to increase chances of M&A success.   Things you will learn in this episode: • Benefits of programmatic M&A • Required team for programmatic M&A • Collaborating with the M&A team • Transitioning to programmatic M&A • Achieving team alignment   This episode is sponsored by DealRoom. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://dealroom.net ****************** Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 05:57 Programmatic M&A 10:32 Benefits of programmatic M&A 12:39 Formulating the strategy 15:32 Challenging the strategy 16:24 Required team for programmatic M&A 18:37 Collaborating with the M&A team 24:02 Transitioning to programmatic M&A 26:08 Achieving team alignment 28:23 Success metrics in programmatic M&A 31:32 Pitching deals to executive 32:23 The hardest part of doing programmatic M&A 33:18 AI in M&A 40:45 Craziest thing in M&A
7/8/20241 hour, 12 seconds
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Executing Transformative M&A to Change Business Models

Tobias Gwisdalla, Head of Group M&A at GEA Group (ETR: G1A) Transformative M&A is becoming increasingly critical in today's business landscape, especially for industries facing significant regulatory and market pressures.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, we will discuss how to execute transformative M&A to change business models, featuring Tobias Gwisdalla, Head of Group M&A at GEA Group.   Things you will learn in this episode: • Transformative M&A • Employee unions • Biggest challenges in transformative M&A • Success metrics • Transforming business models   This episode is sponsored by the DealRoom. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://dealroom.net    ****************** Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 04:20 Transformative M&A 05:00 Governance 05:52 A story of a transformative deal 11:38 Employee unions - germany per history 17:36 Supervisory board 20:35 Biggest challenges in transformative M&A 25:59 Success metrics 28:50 Internal rate of return 35:05 Complexities of deals in Germany 40:48 Transforming business models 43:06 Promoting change as a shareholder 45:01 Craziest thing in M&A
7/1/202449 minutes, 13 seconds
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How to Do M&A Deals in Germany

M&A processes can vary from country to country, making cross-border deals extremely challenging. Understanding the cultural differences is crucial for a smooth transaction.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, we focus on how to do M&A deals in Germany, featuring Frank Tepper-Sawicki, Partner, Corporate M&A, Private Equity, and Venture Capital at Dentons.  Things you will learn: • How dealmaking is different in Germany • Structuring Deals in Germany • Letter of Intent in Germany • Prioritizations during deals in Germany • Regulatory issues in Germany   This episode is sponsored by the DealRoom Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://dealroom.net ****************** Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 03:49 How dealmaking is different in Germany 05:48 Private Equity Emerging in Germany 07:47 Structuring Deals in Germany 16:33 Letter of Intent in Germany 22:11 Prioritizations during deals in Germany 24:59 Transparency in Germany 26:17 Regulatory issues in Germany 28:17 Laying off people in Germany 30:15 Biggest risk when doing deals in Germany 32:43 M&A culture in Germany 35:00 Dealing with people from Germany 37:28 M&A process in Germany 39:18 Craziest thing in M&A  
6/24/202443 minutes, 53 seconds
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How to Make AI Practical in M&A

Artificial Intelligence has taken the world by storm, and there seems to be no way of stopping it. Every industry in the world has adopted AI, and M&A is no different. The integration of AI is revolutionizing how deals are sourced, evaluated, and executed. In short, AI is becoming an indispensable tool for M&A professionals.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, we discuss how to make AI practical in M&A featuring two AI specialists: Michael Bachman, Head of Research, Architecture, and AI Strategy at Boomi, Chris Cappetta, Principal Solutions Architect at Boomi.   Things you will learn: • Retrieval augmented generation • Large language models • Discriminative vs Generative AI • Fine-tuning • Agents This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://firmroom.com  ****************** Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 03:07 Making AI practical 04:36 Retrieval augmented generation 10:07 Large language models 13:15 Discriminative vs. Generative AI  16:37 Fine tuning 22:14 Agents 28:46 Real-life use cases of AI
6/17/202437 minutes, 36 seconds
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M&A Deal Sourcing in the Tech Space

Steve Lucas, CEO of Boomi The technology industry is currently experiencing significant growth, particularly with the emergence of artificial intelligence. This trend has not only attracted significant investments but has also intensified the competition among tech companies striving to lead the market. This has made the tech space a prime area for M&A. Boomi is one of those companies who have recently made a significant move via acquisitions. In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, we will discuss how to source deals in the tech space with Steve Lucas, CEO of Boomi.   Things you will learn: • Approach on strategy • Acquiring capabilities • Deal sourcing in M&A • Building relationships • Negotiations during M&A This episode is sponsored by the DealRoom. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://dealroom.net  ****************** Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 10:16 Boomi’s approach on strategy 16:32 Acquiring capabilities 18:55 Deal sourcing in M&A 22:12 Building relationships 25:45 Convincing someone to sell their business 30:51 Example of pitch 32:31 Negotiations during M&A 36:08 Tips on negotiating 38:45 M&A at Boomi 41:43 Making integration successful 47:26 AI in M&A 52:44 Boomi’s future 45:26 Craziest thing in M&A
6/10/202449 minutes, 55 seconds
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M&A Deal Sourcing in the Tech Space

Steve Lucas, CEO of Boomi The technology industry is currently experiencing significant growth, particularly with the emergence of artificial intelligence. This trend has not only attracted significant investments but has also intensified the competition among tech companies striving to lead the market. This has made the tech space a prime area for M&A. Boomi is one of those companies who have recently made a significant move via acquisitions. In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, we will discuss how to source deals in the tech space with Steve Lucas, CEO of Boomi.   Things you will learn: • Approach on strategy • Acquiring capabilities • Deal sourcing in M&A • Building relationships • Negotiations during M&A This episode is sponsored by the DealRoom. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://dealroom.net  ****************** Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 10:16 Boomi’s approach on strategy 16:32 Acquiring capabilities 18:55 Deal sourcing in M&A 22:12 Building relationships 25:45 Convincing someone to sell their business 30:51 Example of pitch 32:31 Negotiations during M&A 36:08 Tips on negotiating 38:45 M&A at Boomi 41:43 Making integration successful 47:26 AI in M&A 52:44 Boomi’s future 45:26 Craziest thing in M&A
6/10/202449 minutes, 55 seconds
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Top 10 Things That Make M&A Successful

Michael Frankel, Founder and Managing Partner of Trajectory Capital.  Here at M&A Science, our goal is to bring you the best and most effective techniques to improve your M&A practice. In light of our 300th podcast episode, we have compiled the top 10 things that make M&A successful, together with Michael Frankel, Founder and Managing Partner of Trajectory Capital.  Things you will learn: Alignment in the shared vision of the end-state Cultural alignment Reverse Diligence Continuous learning and improvement Empathetic leadership This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://firmroom.com  ****************** Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 05:58 Alignment in the shared vision of the end-state 10:51 Cultural alignment 15:03 Joint Go-to-market planning pre-LOI 20:24 Parallel diligence and integration planning 24:33 Reverse Diligence 27:13 Communication strategy with stakeholders 32:37 Continuous learning and improvement 35:16 Anticipate functional challenges 39:52 Empathetic leadership 44:47 Proper preparation 47:56 Craziest thing in M&A
6/3/202454 minutes, 9 seconds
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How to Close M&A Deals in 30 Days

Jeremy Segal, Executive Vice President Corporate Development at Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) When it comes to M&A, time is of the essence. As a buyer, it’s best to identify whether to pursue the deal or not as soon as possible, to avoid wasting money and time. Also, if the seller is a good target company, procrastinating could lead to more competition.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Jeremy Segal, Executive Vice President Corporate Development at Progress, shares their strategy on how to close deals in 30 days. Things you will learn: • Initial conversations with the target company • Price negotiations • Preliminary due diligence list • Deal specific adjustments • Confirmatory due diligence  This episode is sponsored by the DealRoom. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://dealroom.net ****************** Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 04:16 Initial conversations with the target company 08:56 Price negotiations 12:33 Preliminary due diligence list 17:05 When to ask questions 18:34 People Involved 19:10 Sales and Go-to-Market 21:02 Revenue Synergies 23:43 Customer Journey 24:26 Surprises 27:40 Customer Success 28:46 Financials 32:11 Red flags in people 32:47 Information Technology 34:28 Legal 36:48 Marketing 39:19 Breakdown of COGS 41:30 Benefits Template 42:56 Operating Expenses 43:58 General 44:58 Deal specific adjustments 45:56 Processing the preliminary diligence information 47:11 Confirmatory due diligence 50:40 Craziest thing in M&A  
5/27/202454 minutes, 16 seconds
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Executing the Roll Up Strategy in the Tech Industry

Steven Freidkin, CEO and Founder of Ntiva, Inc. and Christopher Vollmond-Carstens, Chief M&A Officer at Ntiva, Inc.  In a highly fragmented industry, roll-ups are a great growth strategy. But integrating multiple entities can be difficult, especially if you don’t have a proven framework. Ntiva has been successful in its M&A strategy and has completed 15 acquisitions as of today.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Steven Freidkin, CEO and Founder of Ntiva, Inc. and Christopher Vollmond-Carstens, Chief M&A Officer at Ntiva, Inc., share their strategy on how to execute the roll-up strategy in the tech industry.  Things you will learn: • Creating value using a roll-up strategy • Evaluating a target company • Importance of recurring revenue • Red flags pre-LOI • Biggest advice for first-timers This episode is sponsored by the DealRoom. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://dealroom.net ****************** Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 08:04 Creating value using roll-up strategy 12:38 Pitching to private equity 18:32 Evaluating a target company 22:30 Importance of recurring revenue 23:35 Customer Concentration 26:42 Challenges of doing roll-ups 30:36 Mismanaging M&A 37:52 Deal Sourcing 43:46 Red flags pre-LOI 46:53 Deal structure on roll-ups 51:52 Biggest advice for first-timers 52:46 Craziest thing in M&A  
5/20/202456 minutes, 21 seconds
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Building Corporate Development Muscle

Kyle Price, Chief of Staff & Corporate Development at Roblox Creating a dedicated M&A function can be daunting for non-acquisitive companies. It’s a big commitment that could take away valuable time and resources from top level management. However, when done right, corporate development muscle can be built slowly, and organically.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Kyle Price, Chief of Staff & Corporate Development at Roblox, shares his experience on how to start an M&A function slowly and successfully from scratch.  Things you will learn in this episode: • When to build an M&A function • Importance of the people side in M&A • Working with business leaders • Evolution of corporate development • Handling biases in the M&A process This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://firmroom.com ****************** Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 04:10 When to build an M&A function 07:40 Challenges of a high-growth company doing M&A 08:45 Lessons learned along the way 10:39 Importance of the people side in M&A 12:57 Integration planning 14:39 Working with business leaders 16:42 Deal sourcing 17:24 Overcoming anti-M&A culture 22:04 Team alignment from functional leads 24:02 M&A surprises 25:59 Setting up new leaders for success 28:07 Evolution of corporate development 33:15 Measuring corporate development activity 34:20 Incentivizing the team 35:03 Handling biases in the M&A process 43:33 Craziest thing in M&A  
5/13/202446 minutes, 19 seconds
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How to Start Executing the Roll Up Strategy in M&A

Ivan Golubic, CFO | Corporate Development M&A at FastLap Group Roll ups are a great strategy for highly fragmented industries. It allows the platform company to increase its size, capabilities, and market presence through the acquisition and integration of other businesses. However, it can be challenging without a proper framework.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Ivan Golubic, CFO, Corporate Development M&A at FastLap Group, shares his experience on how to start executing roll up strategy in M&A from scratch.  Things you will learn: • Setting up the roll up strategy • Valuation on roll up strategy • Building the operating strategy • Dealing with capital providers • Biggest lessons learned doing roll up strategy This episode is sponsored by the DealRoom. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://dealroom.net ****************** Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 03:01 Transitioning from Corporate Development to CFO  07:39 Setting up the roll up strategy 12:26 Importance of industry expertise 14:10 Proactive approach to expanding industry expertise 16:11 Valuation on roll up strategy 22:10 Building the operating strategy 24:54 Dealing with capital providers 28:37 Building your pipeline 30:45 Pitching to the PE firm 35:48 Explaining your M&A process to investors 38:46 Building your M&A team 40:42 Monitoring Cost 42:05Success metrics 49:25 Utilizing Technology 50:45 Importance of a unified platform 52:58 Biggest lessons learned doing roll up strategy 56:39 Future trends in the roll up space 57:33 Craziest thing in M&A  
5/6/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 23 seconds
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How to Create an Executable Integration Plan During Due Diligence

Jim Buckley, Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions Integration at VMware Integration planning is one of the most important aspects of M&A pre-close. Planning after the fact will cause massive delays and value leaks for the entire deal. It is why the integration team must be involved during the due diligence phase.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, we will talk about how to create an executable integration plan during the diligence, featuring Jim Buckley, Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions Integration at VMware. Things you will learn in this episode: • How to work as an integration leader • Building an integration plan • Pre-LOI integration planning • Connecting diligence with integration planning • Defining 'done' in M&A integration This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://firmroom.com ****************** Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 04:41 Navigating corporate transitions 08:31 Aligning the integration leader with the north star 10:02 How to work as an integration leader 11:25 The role of an integration lead 13:31 Building an integration plan 16:25 Focus on revenue and integration 18:51 Pre-LOI integration planning 25:08 M&A due diligence 27:37 Employee integration and customer satisfaction 29:56 Connecting diligence with integration planning 36:20 Approach to team collaboration 39:06 The details of integration plan 41:11 Complexities of M&A integration planning 44:57 Aligning with the target company 46:46 Defining 'done' in M&A integration 49:12 Integration teams leading due diligence 51:38 Leveraging diligence data for effective planning 53:13 Advice for M&A practitioners 55:45 Craziest thing in M&A
4/29/202459 minutes, 45 seconds
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Uncovering Capital Allocation Strategies

Keith Levy, Operating Partner at Sonoma Brands Every company must have a strong capital allocation strategy to maximize its potential. Without it, the company may end up missing opportunities and spending money on things that won't help it grow or become more profitable.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Keith Levy, Operating Partner at Sonoma Brands, shares his experience on successful and unsuccessful capital allocation strategies.  Things you will learn in this episode: • Strategy vs IRR • Venture capital vs recapitalization strategy • Minority vs majority recapitalization • Evaluating exit strategy This episode is sponsored by the DealRoom Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://dealroom.net ****************** Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 11:27 Focusing on organic growth 16:37 Post-merger integration execution 25:01 Strategy vs IRR 26:59 Handling projections 28:07 Integration with Mars 36:20 Role of an operating partner 42:07 Big company vs Small company in M&A 43:39 Venture capital vs recapitalization strategy 48:44 Cashing out from an owner’s perspective 50:42 Minority vs majority recapitalization 54:03 Impact of valuations and interest rates on investment decisions 59:07 Timing on investments 1:01:25 Evaluating exit strategy 1:03:46 Advice for practitioners 1:05:41 Craziest thing in M&A  
4/22/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 7 seconds
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Roll Up Strategy in Private Equity

Gerry Williams, Partner at DLA Piper US LLP and a member of their management committee. Private equity firms are established for the sole purpose of generating substantial financial returns for its investors. And one of the most effective ways of maximizing investment returns is the roll up strategy. This involves buying small-sized businesses in a highly fragmented industry and combining them into a larger platform. The goal is to improve efficiency and be sold later for a higher price.   In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, we will discuss roll up strategy in private equity with Gerry Williams, Partner at DLA Piper US LLP. Things you will learn this episode: • Industries susceptible to roll up strategy • Challenges of executing roll up strategy • Negotiating the LOI in roll up strategy • Typical deal structure in roll up strategy • Employing Earnouts in roll up strategy This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to firmroom.com ****************** Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 04:06 Industries susceptible to roll up strategy 06:22 The trend of roll up strategy in private equity 10:42 Complexities of Roll up strategy 15:52 Challenges of executing roll up strategy 20:32 How to mitigate risks 24:19 Managing multiple roll up businesses 26:49 Negotiating the LOI in roll up strategy 33:00 Breakup fees on private deals 35:57 Typical deal structure in roll up strategy 43:24 Employing Earnouts in roll up strategy 48:07 Unique negotiations during LOI 49:31 Do’s and Don’ts of executing roll up strategy 52:57 Craziest thing in M&A  
4/15/202458 minutes, 30 seconds
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Corporate Diversification Through M&A

Tyler Rodewald, VP, M&A at EIS Holdings In a world where change is the only constant, businesses are continually seeking innovative ways to stay ahead of the curve. One such method that has gained prominence is the corporate diversification strategy, a multifaceted approach that can lead to new growth avenues and enhanced resilience.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Tyler Rodewald, VP, M&A at EIS Holdings, discusses corporate diversification through M&A. Things you will learn: • Corporate diversification strategy • Drivers of corporate diversification • People involved in corporate diversification • Projecting revenue synergies • Closing deals with competition ****************** Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 02:55 Corporate diversification strategy 03:32 Drivers of corporate diversification 05:22 People involved in corporate diversification 08:00 Communicating the diversification strategy - The number one step 08:51 Customer overlaps on deals 11:17 Capital Allocation 13:41 Proprietary deal vs Bank Deal 15:22 Deal Sourcing 17:57 Closing deals with competition 19:22 Cultural integration 22:03 Handling resistance 23:21 Measuring Success 24:31 Projecting revenue synergies 26:09 Earnouts 30:31 Letter on intent exclusivity 32:10 Combining diligence with integration using DealRoom 36:42 Using DealRoom with Sellers 40:02 Advice for practitioners doing corporate diversification 40:30 AI in M&A 46:34 Craziest thing in M&A      
4/8/202451 minutes, 9 seconds
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Performing Strategic Due Diligence in M&A

Andrey Galiuk, Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations Before doing M&A, it is crucial for acquirers to target the right business, in the right market. Otherwise, it could potentially be a costly mistake that would waste the company’s time and money.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Andrey Galiuk, Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations, shares his expertise on how to perform strategic due diligence in M&A.  Things you will learn: • What is strategic due diligence • How to perform strategic due diligence in M&A • Entering the right market • Finding the right target company • Biggest challenge when performing strategic diligence This episode is brought to you by the M&A Science Spring Summit 2024 happening on April 10th at 10AM ET. It's your chance to join leading M&A experts as they share innovative and the latest trends from their own deals. Save your spot here. ****************** Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 11:17 What is strategic due diligence 16:25 How to perform strategic due diligence in M&A 25:00 Entering the right market 38:05 Finding the right target company 41:25 When to perform strategic due diligence 42:38 Proactive vs. Reactive deal sourcing 44:33 Importance of culture 47:05 When to start integration planning 49:11 Red flags during strategic diligence 50:33 Assessing incoming people 51:20 Biggest challenge when performing strategic diligence  
4/1/202454 minutes, 11 seconds
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How to Stand Up a Venture Capital Arm

George Kellerman, VP, Head of Investments & Acquisitions at Woven by Toyota and Alexander Baum, Corporate Development Lead at Woven by Toyota In the ever-evolving world of business, staying ahead isn't just about what a company does today, but how it prepares for tomorrow. This is where a venture capital arm comes into play. It is a specialized division within a larger company that focuses on investing in emerging startups and innovative projects.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, George Kellerman, VP, Head of Investments & Acquisitions at Woven by Toyota, and Alexander Baum, Corporate Development Lead at Woven by Toyota, share their experience on how to stand up a venture capital arm.  Things you will learn: • How did Woven by Toyota got started • Successfully start a venture capital arm • Leadership in managing people • Biggest Lessons Learned • Dealing with cultural difference This episode is brought to you by the M&A Science Spring Summit 2024 happening on April 10th at 10AM ET. It's your chance to join leading M&A experts as they share innovative and the latest trends from their own deals. Save your spot here. ****************** Episode Bookmarks *George Kellerman 00:00 Intro 06:15 From firefighter to M&A 09:49 How did Woven by Toyota got started 11:19 Project Kate 12:58 Pitching the shift in strategy 14:31 Woven Capital’s strategy 16:48 How to successfully start a venture capital arm 19:45 Leadership in managing people 22:03 Biggest lessons learned 26:00 A change in strategy 27:04 The Woven City Project 31:11 Dealing with cultural difference 35:40 Craziest thing in M&A *Alex Baum 39:34 Noticing cultural differences in Japan 42:11 Relocating to Tokyo 44:07 New York vs Japan culture 45:28 Work culture in Japan 48:32 Rubber stamp approval in Japan 49:51 Balancing American and Japanese culture 51:27 Maintaining alignment 52:09 Craziest thing in M&A  
3/25/202454 minutes, 31 seconds
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How to Achieve Strategic Alignment From Top to Bottom

Camilo Franco, Director, M&A Integration and Operations at Jamf There is an intimate tie between M&A strategy and corporate strategy. To be truly effective, acquisitions must directly support the overarching goal of the company. But beyond that, there needs to be a strategic alignment with everyone involved.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Camilo Franco, Director, M&A Integration and Operations at Jamf, shares their secrets on how to achieve strategic alignment from top to bottom.  Things you will learn: • How to achieve strategic alignment • Strategies for effectively communicating M&A plans • Tools used to maintain alignment • Connecting diligence and Integration • Advice for integration practitioners ****************** This episode is brought to you by the M&A Science Spring Summit 2024 happening on April 10th at 10AM ET. It's your chance to join leading M&A experts as they share innovative and the latest trends from their own deals. Save your spot here. ****************** Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 08:45 Definition of strategic alignment 10:31 How to achieve strategic alignment 12:51 Relaying M&A strategy against corporate strategy 13:54 Getting buy-in from team members 15:37 Overcoming anti-M&A culture 18:44 Strategies for effectively communicating M&A plans 21:21 Alignment with the integration team 23:51 Formulating the integration thesis 26:37 Role of steering committee 28:04 Communicating decisions with the broader organization 29:30 Managing integration without IMO 32:09 Ensuring company readiness for integration 34:11 Gauging M&A readiness 36:06 Side effects of burnout people 37:25 Defining the end of integration 39:30 Tools used to maintain alignment 43:32 Agile M&A 44:46 Connecting diligence and integration 48:13 Using integration templates 50:36 Advice for integration p  
3/18/202455 minutes, 7 seconds
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Performing Cultural Due Diligence to Better Understand the Target Company

Ken Bond, Head of Corporate Development at Cetera Financial Group. Most of the biggest M&A failures of all time are caused by culture clashes. Both companies cannot simply co-exist with each other, and instead of creating more value, they destroyed both of their businesses. This is why cultural due diligence is crucial in M&A.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Ken Bond, Head of Corporate Development at Cetera Financial Group, shares his expertise on how to perform cultural due diligence to better understand the target company. Things you will learn: • The person responsible for cultural due diligence • Executing cultural due diligence • Using Playbooks • Successful partnership between Corporate Development and Integration • Advice for practitioners ****************** This episode is sponsored by the DealRoom Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at www.dealroom.net. ****************** Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 05:11 Person responsible for cultural due diligence 05:54 Importance of cultural due diligence 08:08 Executing cultural due diligence 10:29 Killing the deal due to cultural conflict 14:54 Using Playbooks 17:31 Cultural due diligence during early conversations 20:12 Understanding how the target company makes decisions 22:40 Things to look for during due diligence 25:09 Using questionnaires for cultural due diligence 27:08 Bilateral deal vs. Auction process 30:10 Hardest part of cultural due diligence 32:27 Successful partnership between Corporate Development and Integration 35:33 Subculture due diligence 37:07 Advice for practitioners 38:31 Craziest thing in M&A  
3/13/202441 minutes, 57 seconds
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Strategic Alignment Between M&A and Corporate Strategy

Baljit Singh, SVP, Global Head of Corporate Development at Nielsen Ventures Engaging in M&A activities just for the sake of doing them is one of the biggest reasons for failed deals. Without a well-defined purpose, these transactions can distract the business and waste massive amounts of resources.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Baljit Singh, SVP, Global Head of Corporate Development at Nielsen Ventures, discusses the importance of strategic alignment between M&A and corporate strategy. Things you will learn: • Corporate strategy vs M&A strategy • Getting the strategy right • Capital allocation • Measuring business unit’s success • Deal structure to preserve cash ****************** This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom.  FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to firmroom.com ******************   Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 05:10 Corporate strategy vs M&A strategy 09:25 Getting the strategy right 11:17 Best ways to pitch deals 13:09 Pillars of corporate strategy 15:50 Capital allocation 21:06 Measuring business unit’s success 24:52 Holding business units accountable 27:20 Why take a public company private 33:51 Steps to take a public company to private 38:11 Real life examples 48:29 Deal structure to preserve cash 54:45 Dealing with reluctant seller 59:30 Craziest thing in M&A  
3/11/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 21 seconds
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Overcoming M&A Challenges

Douglas Barnard, former Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Legal Advisor at CF Industries (NYSE: CF) Problems don’t usually surface at the early stages because it's the honeymoon phase. Both the buyer and the seller would like to see the deal happen, so they work together to build momentum. And often that means postponing dealing with some of the more difficult and contentious issues. However, these M&A challenges are inevitable and will arise as the deal progresses.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Douglas Barnard, former Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Legal Advisor at CF Industries, discusses effective strategies to overcome M&A challenges. Things you will learn: • Mindset to prepare for M&A • Overcoming M&A Challenges Between Signing and Closing • Mitigating Post-Merger Integration Risks • Biggest Challenges in M&A • Advice for First-time Acquirers ***************** This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to  www.firmroom.com. ****************** Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 05:26 Mindset to prepare for M&A 10:26 Strategic Negotiation Tactics 13:03 Having a Foundation of Trust and Honesty 17:31 Assessing Buyer Transparency in Deal Negotiations 20:17 Mastering Valuation and Identifying Synergies 22:43 Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles in the M&A Process 24:40 Uncovering Surprises in Due Diligence 28:53 Utilizing a Private Investigator (PI) in a Deal 29:57 Navigating Complex Negotiation Stages 33:54 Zero-Sum Scenarios in M&A Auctions 35:51 Valuation and Auction Bidding Strategies 37:57 Overcoming M&A Challenges Between Signing and Closing 41:29 Mitigating Post-Merger Integration Risks 46:16 Biggest Challenges in M&A 50:24 Advice for First-time Acquirers 52:51 Craziest thing in M&A  
3/6/202456 minutes, 33 seconds
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How Business Cycles Affect M&A Valuation

Allan Marks, Global Project, Energy & Infrastructure Partner at Milbank M&A valuation isn’t just about looking at the numbers. There are a lot of different factors that affect and contribute to the volatility of the M&A market.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Allan Marks, Global Project, Energy & Infrastructure Partner at Milbank, discusses how business cycles affect M&A valuation. Things you will learn: • What is a business cycle • What is a credit cycle • How business cycle impact M&A valuation • Common Mistake during M&A valuation • Importance of culture in M&A This episode is sponsored by the DealRoom Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at dealroom.net. Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 11:00 What is a business cycle 12:41 What is a credit cycle 16:59 Cycle’s impact on energy sector 19:09 How business cycle impact M&A valuation 22:36 Industries most affected by the cycles 26:43 M&A valuation for first-timers 31:47 Importance of culture in M&A 34:23 When to pull of a deal 37:37 Example of failed deals 41:59 Example of good deals 45:43 Common Mistake during M&A valuation 46:43 M&A function maturity 48:02 Other early M&A considerations 49:15 Craziest thing in M&A  
3/4/202454 minutes, 21 seconds
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Validating the Acquisition Plan

Adam Harris, CEO of Cloudbeds When executing M&A, having a structured approach to validating the acquisition plan is crucial. The worst thing any acquirer can do is to buy a business that doesn’t bring value to the parent company. In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Adam Harris, CEO of Cloudbeds, shares the meticulous 6-step process his company uses to validate their acquisition plan.  Things you will learn: • Surveying Customers • Industry Trend Analysis • Partner vs Build Analysis • Formulating the strategic rationale • In-depth Company Analysis and Product Demos • Drafting a detailed memo This episode is sponsored by the DealRoom Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://www.dealroom.net Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 08:45 Approaching M&A 18:20 Surveying Customers 23:47 Industry Trend Analysis 28:13 Partner vs Build Analysis 34:12 Formulating the strategic rationale 36:50 In-depth Company Analysis and Product Demos 41:18 Drafting a detailed memo 44:15 Pitching M&A to the board 44:54 Craziest thing in M&A  
2/28/202447 minutes, 20 seconds
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Mastering M&A Integration

Seema Nimmagadda, Head of M&A Integration for North America at Woven by Toyota.  A lot of times, M&A integration is considered only after closing the deal. It is often treated as an afterthought, and this approach is where many deal failures stem from. If we want to improve our M&A process and get better results from deals, we have to start updating our practices to the most efficient way of doing things.  In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Seema Nimmagadda, Head of M&A Integration for North America at Woven by Toyota, discusses how to master M&A integration. Things you will learn in this episode: • The Ideal Integration Process • M&A Integration planning pre-LOI • Setting up an early version of the IMO • Detailing the M&A Integration Strategy • Aligning deal goals with integration strategy This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://firmroom.com Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 04:00 Toyota’s Woven Business Unit 05:00 The Ideal Integration Process 06:53 The Importance of Integration Capabilities 08:52 Integration planning pre-LOI 11:50 Ensuring Adequate Resources and Capabilities during M&A Integrations 13:27 Avoiding early pitfalls for integration 14:40 Key integration milestones from LOI to Close 18:53 Aligning the IMO and Corporate Development 21:49 Adapting mature M&A teams to change 23:28 Setting up an early version of the IMO 25:04 Key people in forming an early IMO 26:16 Detailing the Integration Strategy 29:09 Balancing team autonomy in integration planning 31:56 Maintaining collaboration and progress in integration 34:24 Managing cross-functional dependencies 35:16 Tech stack diversity 36:41 M&A execution checkpoints 38:04 Information gathering challenges pre-close 39:08 Managing vendor dependencies and ensuring transparency 40:12 Balancing functional plans with the master integration strategy 42:04 Securing stakeholder buy-in 43:04 Risks of overlooking integration 44:03 Aligning deal goals with integration strategy 44:36 Identifying when an M&A integration is complete 46:25 Best practices for smooth post-close integrations 46:59 Craziest thing in M&A  
2/26/202449 minutes, 55 seconds
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Using M&A Best Practices to Get Better Deals

Brent Baxter, Chief Executive Officer at Association for Corporate Growth, and Jeff Giles, VP, Corporate Development at Core & Main (NYSE: CNM) In a highly competitive market, speed is crucial for companies wanting to do M&A. Especially with all the economic and market changes that’s happening, professionals must use M&A best practices to get better deals.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Brent Baxter, Chief Executive Officer at Association for Corporate Growth, and Jeff Giles, VP, Corporate Development at Core & Main, share their strategies and experiences when executing successful M&A.  Things you will learn: • Target outreach • Best practices when building relationships  • Challenges of working with private sellers • Executing agile and efficient Diligence • Role of technology in the M&A process This episode is sponsored by the DealRoom. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://dealroom.net Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 07:12 Getting deals faster 10:35 Target outreach 15:54 Best practices when building relationships 19:47 How to best optimize ACG 22:46 M&A challenges 25:20 Challenges of working with private sellers 29:39 Executing agile and efficient Diligence 34:53 Executing deals during COVID 39:59 Role of technology in the M&A process 42:06 Role of technology in the future 46:47 Craziest thing in M&A  
2/21/202450 minutes, 34 seconds
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Connecting Diligence and Integration in M&A

Amy M. Weck, VP, M&A and integrations at The Liberty Company Insurance Brokers, LLC It's common to see due diligence and integration as separate stages, but combining them can make the M&A process much smoother and more effective. But how exactly can we weave these two critical phases together effectively?  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Amy M. Weck, VP, M&A and integrations at The Liberty Company Insurance Brokers, offers practical strategies to align integration and diligence for optimal outcomes. Things you will learn in the episode: Merging separate integration departments How to connect diligence and integration Fostering a ‘One Team’ Mindset Maintaining Team Rhythm in High-Volume Acquisitions This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://firmroom.com. Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 04:26 Getting into M&A 06:12 Evolving into integration 07:55 Transitioning from deal team to integration team 09:26 Pre-LOI considerations in M&A 10:40 Merging Corp Dev and Integration Team 13:26 The impact of mindset during transition 15:26 Connecting the two functions 18:42 Keeping teams and workflows aligned 22:14 Biggest challenge in the transition 24:05 The challenge of change management 26:11 Managing new hires in key roles 27:29 Key advice for managing the end-to-end M&A process 34:37 Optimizing the M&A function for a roll-up 36:21 Practical Tips for Learning from Past Due Diligence 38:16 Maintaining Team Rhythm in High-Volume Acquisitions 40:05 Key Strategies to Avoid Failing in Your Integrations 42:02 Key Questions to Ask Before the LOI 43:17 Evaluating Cultural Fit and Red Flags 48:15 Ideal candidate for an M&A role 59:44 Advice to first-time M&A practitioners 1:01:02 Craziest thing in M&A
2/19/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 50 seconds
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How to Bridge Valuation Gaps in M&A

John Blair, Partner M&A Attorney at K&L Gates In M&A, it’s very common for buyers and sellers to disagree on the value of the business. If both parties cannot agree on the price, the deal could fall apart. However there are certain strategies and tools that both parties can use to compromise and be happy during closing.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, John Blair, Partner M&A Attorney at K&L Gates, shares best practices on how to bridge valuation gaps in M&A.  Things you will learn in this episode: •Bridging gaps in M&A Valuation •Earnouts  •Seller Financing •Equity structure  •Market’s impact on Bridging M&A Valuation Gaps Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://dealroom.net Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 04:13 When to get involved in the M&A Process 07:50 Negotiations during LOI 09:42 Bridging gaps in M&A Valuation 11:09 Using Holdbacks to Bridge M&A Valuation Gaps 13:20 Seller Financing 15:00 Earnouts 16:43 Earnouts on Intellectual Property 18:45 Key Variables in an Earnout 23:14 Earnout payment structure 25:53 Making Earnouts Successful 29:08 Structures of Seller Financing 36:24 Traditional terms of seller financing 38:20 Equity structure 41:04 Stock options 43:52 Minimizing the cash upfront during a sale 46:34 Contents of Letter of Intent 49:14 Advice for first timers 50:01 Craziest Thing in M&A  
2/14/202455 minutes, 16 seconds
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Transforming Existing Staff into M&A Experts

In the dynamic world of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), creating an effective team is crucial for success. This process can be complex and demanding, but also immensely rewarding. After all, having an internal team means having the capability of acquiring companies in the future, rather than treating M&A as a one-time event.  In this episode, Birgitta Elfversson, Non-Executive Director at Netlight, shares her experience in transforming existing staff into M&A experts.  Things you will learn from this episode: • Shaping the M&A strategy • Building an M&A team • Scaling the M&A Team • Recruiting competent people • Managing burnout Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://dealroom.net Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 10:54 Shaping the M&A strategy 12:46 Key elements of the strategy 14:58 Strategy approval 16:10 Challenges on the first acquisition 18:30 Building an M&A team  22:05 Scaling the M&A Team 25:10 Recruiting competent people 26:44 M&A Aptitude test 32:48 Working with consulting firms during M&A 37:17 Setting the external team up for success 39:08 M&A Team structure 39:48 Managing burnout 43:18 Programmatic M&A 49:09 Start up doing M&A 51:47 Integration execution 53:19 Smart collaboration in the future 55:51 Setting integration up for success 58:20 Craziest thing in M&A  
2/12/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 7 seconds
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Negotiating Cross Border M&A

Jake Lin, Head of Corporate Development at Xendit Navigating cross border M&A is one of the most challenging tasks for deal makers. There are a lot of intricacies involved that are unique to each country, and must be handled delicately.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Jake Lin, Head of Corporate Development at Xendit, shares his best practices when executing cross border M&A, particularly in South East Asia.  Things you will learn: Biggest challenge in Cross Border M&A Language barrier during Cross border M&A Managing Cultural Differences during negotiations Cross border M&A best practices Integration approach to cross border M&A This episode is sponsored by the DealRoom. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://dealroom.net. Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 05:44 Biggest challenge in Cross Border M&A 08:18 Cross Border M&A without Bankers  09:04 Working with Local Bankers 09:55 Language barrier during Cross border M&A 12:05 Managing Cultural Differences during negotiations 16:01 Managing the Speed of Cross border M&A 17:20 Cultural Differences almost killing the deal 18:48 Countries easiest to work with 21:06 Cross border M&A best practices 22:32 Strategic tips when dealing with Cross border M&A 23:49 Integration approach to cross border M&A 25:37 Negotiating Payment terms 28:59 Computation for stock payments 30:06 Advice for first-timers 30:29 Craziest thing in M&A  
2/7/202433 minutes, 44 seconds
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Achieving Business Growth Through Strategic M&A

Yoav Zeif, CEO at Stratasys In today’s competitive global market, organizations need to leverage every tool in their arsenal to stay ahead of the curve. One of the best ways to do this is strategic M&A. With the right approach, M&A can drive significant growth, unlock fresh opportunities, and expedite the achievement of strategic business goals. In this article, Yoav Zeif, CEO at Stratasys, shares his experience on achieving business growth through strategic M&A. Things you will learn in this episode: •The Start of their M&A Journey •Strategic M&A framework •Evolution of Strategy •Working with the corporate development team •How to ensure positive business outcomes during integration Episode Bookmarks: 00:00 Intro 07:04 Start of M&A Journey 11:56 M&A strategy framework 18:58 Real-life acquisition scenario 20:20 Evolution of Strategy 23:59 Working with the corporate development team 26:29 Corporate development teams pitching deals 30:22 How to ensure positive business outcomes during integration 31:57 Big lessons learned 39:18 Retaining key people 40:26 Other lessons 42:42 Craziest Thing in M&A   This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/  
2/5/202445 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Challenges of Sell-Side M&A

Russ Heddleston, Co-founder & former CEO, DocSend Every owner loves their business. This makes selling their company even harder than it already is. But aside from the emotional turmoil that founders go through every exit, there are also a lot of intricacies included in the process.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Russ Heddleston, Co-founder & former CEO of DocSend, discusses the challenges of sell-side M&A. Things you will also learn in this episode: Considerations in Potentially Selling a Startup Challenges of sell-side M&A Key Factors for a Successful Exit  How to manage diligence in sell-side M&A Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 04:10 Starting DocSend  06:08 Identifying the Inflection Point to sell 09:01 Selling a Startup 10:46 Considerations in Potentially Selling a Startup 14:28 Best Time for an Exit 16:00 Balancing Stakeholder Interests in an Acquisition 17:50 Relationship Management in an Acquisition 19:46 How Relationships Influence Negotiations 20:41 Relationships with Bankers 23:14 Reaching out to DropBox 26:16 Key Factors for a Successful Exit 28:04 Impact of Market Conditions on M&A 28:45 The Unknowns of Selling a Business 30:53 Post-Acquisition Challenges and Unknowns 32:34 Enhancing Preparation for Post-Close Integration 34:05 Tips for Buyers for Smoother Integration 35:18 Challenges of Sell-side M&A 37:15 Efficiently Managing Diligence 38:46 People involved from pre-LOI to Close 41:36 Post-Acquisition Team Dynamics 43:01 Evaluating Alternatives to Selling 48:28 Fundraising Strategies to Minimize Dilution 49:44 Advice for Acquirers Seeking Successful Acquisitions 51:29 Effective Strategies for Corporate Leaders to Engage with Founders 53:14 Craziest thing in M&A  
1/31/202456 minutes, 18 seconds
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Pros and Cons for a Growth Company to Take PE Capital

Jason Mironov, Managing Director at TA Associates Partnering with PE firms is a great way to exponentially grow a business and reach new heights. However, there are considerations that must be taken into account, before taking PE capital. Fully understanding them will increase chances of success, in the attempt to unlock the full potential of the business. In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Jason Mironov, Managing Director at TA Associates, discusses the pros and cons of taking PE capital. Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 05:29 The Lack of Operating Experience 07:03 Pros of taking money from a private equity firm 11:01 Other factors to take money from PE firms 12:49 Cons of taking money from private equity 17:16 Focusing on IRR 22:10 Culture of focusing on numbers 26:54 Working with Unhappy CEO 30:06 Board control 35:33 Expectation for the Board Structure 38:30 Dilution for founders 42:53 How to build and preserve wealth 47:20 Approach on partnership 51:03 Handling Inbound Contacts 56:51 Creating value before partnership starts 01:03:15 Working with the founder 01:05:38 Pushing M&A to portcos 01:08:51 Founder Exit 01:16:01 Timeline of investment 01:20:26 Craziest thing in M&A  
1/29/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 51 seconds
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Selling a Small Business Unit

Michael Frankel, Founder and Managing Partner of Trajectory Capital When times are good, big companies tend to ignore their smaller business units, as they operate smoothly on their own. It is only when the economy gets tough that these little businesses get more attention, and often seen as off-strategy or a distraction. That's when the company's leaders decide it's time to sell them, which is not ideal, as the business is no longer in their prime, making it harder to sell.  In this episode of M&A Science podcast, Michael Frankel, Founder and Managing Partner of Trajectory Capital, joins us to share his best practices of selling a small business unit. Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 03:35 The decision to sell a business 05:01 Reasons to sell the business 06:43 Steps in selling a small business unit 09:59 Finding buyers 11:53 Avoid using bankers 13:30 Pitching the deal 14:50 Avoiding non-serious buyers 16:42 Important factors other than price 23:01 Real life example 27:54 Valuation gap 30:29 Evaluating the business 34:45 Hardest part of selling a small business unit 37:03 Advice for first time buyers 41:48 Proactively approaching a seller 47:25 Earnouts on small deals 48:44 Craziest Thing in M&A  
1/24/202453 minutes, 3 seconds
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How to Create a Positive Exit Experience in M&A

Swapnil Shinde, CEO at Zeni  Selling your business is never easy. Aside from the emotional stress that it provides, it can also be detrimental to the business if it's sold to the wrong company. Oftentimes, during the process, it can also serve as a massive distraction to the operations, harming the business in the process.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, we will discuss how to create a positive exit experience in M&A with Swapnil Shinde, CEO at Zeni.  Things you will learn: • Reasons for the first exit • Reacting vs Proactive Exits • Hardest part of selling a business • Role of sellers in Integration Planning • Do’s and Don'ts of Buying a company Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 06:31 Reasons for the first exit 09:19 Venture Exit 12:19 Build to sell 14:03 Reacting vs Proactive Exits 16:28 Using Bankers during Exits 19:09 Hardest part of selling a business 21:30 Managing Diligence 24:28 Lessons Learned on Diligence 28:03 Keeping and building relationships 29:29 Role of sellers in Integration Planning 32:29 Reasons why Integration fails 34:49 Worst exit experience 36:31 Making integration successful 38:25 Do’s and Don'ts of Buying a company 39:41 Identifying Cultural Fit  
1/22/202453 minutes, 23 seconds
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Realizing Revenue Synergies in M&A

Revenue synergies are why you’re doing the deal in the first place. But unlike cost synergies that happen instantly, revenue synergies are more difficult to achieve and often go unrealized. One of the biggest problems in M&A is that when a company pursues a deal, different departments have varying perspectives on what's essential. So how do you maintain the deal thesis as a central focus? In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Chris Von Bogdandy, Global Lead M&A Solutions at Slalom, discusses his framework for realizing revenue synergies in M&A. Things you will learn: •Importance of Revenue Synergies •Correlation between M&A strategy and Revenue Synergies •Understanding Customer Journey  •Planning for Revenue Synergies Pre-LOI •Agile M&A Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 06:17 Importance of Revenue Synergies 09:58 Correlation between M&A strategy and Revenue Synergies 16:42 Timeline of Revenue Synergies 18:49 Realistic Revenue Synergies 21:14 Understanding Customer Journey 24:44 Planning for Revenue Synergies Pre-LOI 27:38 Capturing Revenue Synergies Post-LOI 31:04 Executing the Plan 34:21 Cross-Functional Work Streams 36:29 New product introduction process 40:15 Agile M&A 43:31 Disbanding team and workstreams 46:57 Top three principles to success 48:48 Advice for next generation of young leaders in M&A  
1/15/202451 minutes, 28 seconds
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Focusing on ESG in M&A

Casey Nault, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief ESG Officer at Coeur Mining, Inc. (NYSE: CDE) ESG in M&A is very real. And while it is a fairly new term, it represents a range of critical issues and priorities that companies have long considered. In many ways, ESG has always been important and is essential for risk management and maintaining company value, even for for-profit organizations.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, we will discuss how to focus on ESG in M&A, featuring Casey Nault, SVP, General Counsel, and Chief ESG Officer at Coeur Mining, Inc. Things you will learn: •Importance of ESG in M&A •Balancing ESG and profit •ESG diligence  •Red flags during ESG diligence  •ESG on cross-border deals This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to www.firmroom.com
1/8/202448 minutes, 55 seconds
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How Not to Bomb Your First M&A Deal

Brock Blake, Co-Founder and CEO at Lendio M&A is a never-ending web of complexities and challenges. While the potential for growth and transformation is promising, the chances of failure are extremely high. To increase chances of success, acquirers must learn how to be adaptable and work with the target company for alignment.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Brock Blake, Co-Founder and CEO of Lendio, shares their approach on how not to bomb your first M&A deal.  You will learn: How to drive your first deal Understanding the cultural aspect of M&A  Strategizing acquisitions Validating assumptions before acquisition commitment Budget allocation for an earnout This episode is sponsored by our products DealRoom and FirmRoom Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at dealroom.net. FirmRoom is the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to firmroom.com
1/1/202445 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Basics of M&A Integration Execution

Aaron Whiting, Chief of Staff at Crownpeak Value creation in any acquisition relies heavily on how well the M&A integration goes. By focusing on integration, buyers can increase their chances of success in obtaining and realizing their intended synergies. But how well can it go if the company’s integration lead is a first-timer?  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Learn the basics of M&A integration execution, with Aaron Whiting, Chief of Staff at Crownpeak. You will learn: How to coach a first-time integration leader Getting ready for day one Kickoff meeting strategies Challenges during integration Setting alignment for kickoff meetings This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit  www.mascience.com/academy.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at www.dealroom.net. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to www.firmroom.com Episode Bookmark 00:00 Intro 05:09 Coaching an integration lead 06:33 Involving the Integration Lead 12:42 Integration on Day one 17:49 Getting ready for Day one 22:31 M&A teams to pull in for integration 25:41 Kickoff meeting strategies 31:12 Maintaining regular cadence for good progress 35:53 Umbrella track 37:47 How to track integration activities 42:38 Challenges during integration 47:55 Mechanical things that could go wrong during integration 52:59 Setting alignment for kickoff meetings 56:26 What success looks like through stories 01:01:50 How to know when the integration is complete 01:03:42 Advice for first timers 01:07:48 Craziest thing in M&A
12/25/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 48 seconds
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ChatGPT Interview: AI's Impact on M&A

ChatGPT Voice, powered by OpenAI.  This past year, AI has revolutionized the way we do things, and ChatGPT has been a big part of that. Created by OpenAI, ChatGPT can understand and use language like a human, making it extremely useful in a lot of different areas. And now, we can actually talk to it.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, we are introducing our first-ever ChatGPT interview. We are going to learn its insights on AI’s impact on the world of M&A.  You will learn more about: AI’s role in deal sourcing Streamlining due diligence using AI Future of M&A Limitations of AI ChatGPT’s advice on integrating AI into M&A This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit  www.mascience.com/academy.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at www.dealroom.net. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to www.firmroom.com
12/20/202347 minutes, 15 seconds
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Automation in M&A

Dr. Karl-Michael Popp, Senior Director, Corporate Development at SAP (FRA: SAP) This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit  www.mascience.com/academy.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at www.dealroom.net.  FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to www.firmroom.com  In today's digital era, the pervasive influence of technology is felt in every facet of business, and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) are no different. The arrival of innovation and automation in M&A will soon happen, streamlining processes that could bolster productivity and facilitate smoother post-merger integration.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Dr. Karl Michael Popp, Senior Director, Corporate Development at SAP, discusses automation in M&A.  Things you will learn: Measuring Strategy during automation Strategic Fit Analysis Identifying Targets Quantifying culture in M&A Impact of new emerging technologies in M&A Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 07:10 Measuring Strategy 10:00 Structuring Strategies 13:53 Quantifying Metadata 16:24 Breaking it down into details to complete the strategy 18:49 Strategic Fit Analysis 20:06 Identifying Targets 22:40 Cascading of Strategy 25:33 Changing the strategy 27:11 Learning from the target company 31:18 Quantifying culture in M&A 32:47 Impact of new emerging technologies in M&A 34:50 Automation in M&A 39:27 The late evolution of M&A 40:51 Craziest thing in M&A  
12/18/202344 minutes, 25 seconds
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Executing Smaller Deals and Negotiating Key Legal Provisions

Anthony Krueger, Associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP M&A comes in varying sizes. However, there’s a common misconception that smaller deals are easier to execute than larger ones. The truth is, that smaller deals come with their own unique set of challenges that could possibly make them even harder to do.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Anthony Krueger, Associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP, debunks this myth and discusses how to execute smaller deals and negotiate key legal provisions. You will learn: The complexities of smaller deals Executing earnouts Reps and warranties insurance for smaller deals Working capital adjustments and its effect on smaller deals This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy. If you’re looking to improve your in-house training, we have corporate training plans provided. Give your team members access to the best-in-class courses, templates, and networking opportunities in the industry. It’s also a great way to show your support for M&A Science.  If you’re interested in learning more about individual or team plans, visit this page. Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 04:36 Smaller deals vs bigger deals 06:35 Complexities of smaller deals 06:52 Other layers of complexities 10:10 Earnouts 18:03 Reps and warranties 24:08 Fundamental vs General Reps and Warranties 25:35 Indemnities 28:40 Disclosure schedules 32:34 Caps and Baskets 35:52 Carve-out 36:44 Working capital adjustments 40:47 Deferred revenue 42:01 Accrued bonuses and vacations 44:12 Advice to those doing small deals 45:12 Craziest thing in M&A  
12/11/202348 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Intricacies of M&A from Start to Finish

Rajive Dhar, VP, Head of Corporate Development at NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) For first-time acquirers, M&A can be challenging, as it comes with strenuous processes with many complexities that can turn the dream into a nightmare. However, with proper guidance, acquirers can have a smooth transaction and an amicable negotiation.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast. We discuss the intricacies of M&A from start to finish with Rajive Dhar, VP, Head of Corporate Development at NetApp, to help us navigate our first deal. This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit www.mascience.com/academy  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at www.dealroom.net FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to www.firmroom.com Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 05:58 Different types of M&A 09:49 Corporate Strategy for M&A 12:37 Dealing with new customers 14:49 Acquiring competitors  17:13 Target screening 22:19 Opening up conversations with the target company 23:55 Initial Due Diligence 25:59 Diligence list 30:17 Sunsetting competitors product 33:02 Assessing culture 34:52 Putting an LOI together 39:58 Negotiating deal structure 46:41 Earnouts 55:44 Keeping relationships 1:00:13 Best advice for practitioners  
12/4/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 54 seconds
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M&A Surprises and Horror Stories

Jim Ackerman, recent Vice President of Corporate Development at Flex; Steve Coghlan, Semi-recent Vice President of Corporate Development at Flex. Every deal is different, which means each and everyone will present unique challenges that teams have to overcome. Especially when dealing with smaller companies. There is no such thing as a perfect deal. However, with the right mindset and approach, deals can still close and bring value to both parties involved.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Jim Ackerman, recent Vice President of Corporate Development at Flex, and Steve Coghlan, former Vice President of Corporate Development at Flex, discuss their experiences on M&A surprises and horror stories. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to www.firmroom.com Episode Bookmarks 00:00 Intro 05:06 Sourcing deals 08:24 Key things to ask during the first meeting 11:49 How to get exclusivity 15:01 How the governance works 16:41 Due diligence red flags 17:21 Cultural integration 19:46 Working with the board 23:54 Best way to pitch a deal to the board 24:34 Stakeholder management in the board 25:40 Managing M&A surprises 29:30 Good M&A Surprises 34:37 Accounting surprises 36:30 Private deal surprises 40:39 IT surprises 42:33 Surprises between signing and closing 45:38 How to mitigate risks and surprises 46:13 What trap currency is 48:04 Integration surprises 50:40 Mitigating surprises from integration 54:25 Instilling clear and purposeful communication 55:23 Hardest step to do in M&A 56:10 Worst deal ever done 59:11 Best advice 1:00:12 Craziest thing in M&A  
11/27/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 6 seconds
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How Positive Relationships Can Drive Success in M&A

Nicole Markowski, Manager and Corporate Development at Wipfli LLP This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit www.mascience.com/academy.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at www.dealroom.net. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to www.firmroom.com Episode Timestamps: 00:00 Intro 07:04 The importance of relationships in M&A 09:25 Key people to build relationships with 15:55 How to foster and develop relationships 23:03 How to engage with key people 25:27 Approach to build relationships 28:30 People assignment for developing relationships 30:47 Delegating tasks in building relationships 34:22 Key acquired company people to build relationships with 36:31 Handling resistant groups 39:25 People problems and how to address them 45:57 Advice to first-time practitioners 47:45 Craziest thing in M&A  
11/20/202351 minutes, 40 seconds
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M&A from a CFO’s Perspective Session 2

Samuel Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at 8x8 (NASDAQ: EGHT) This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to www.firmroom.com Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 07:55 The Role of CFO 11:39 Risk Management 14:39 Integration aspect 15:54 Alignment on assumptions 18:14 Managing people 19:28 Best integration practices 21:25 Working with the CEO 22:52 Walking away from a deal 27:10 Getting involved in the deal 29:50 Tying the Strategy 33:36 Integration Budgeting 39:43 Working with corporate development 40:54 Advice for first time acquirers 44:04 Craziest thing in M&A  
11/13/202348 minutes, 2 seconds
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M&A from a CFO’s Perspective Session 1

David Barnes, Chief Financial Officer at Trimble Inc. (NASDAQ:TRMB) This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit mascience.com/academy.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at dealroom.net. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to firmroom.com. Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 04:29 The Role of CFO 05:14 How the CFO’s roles differs from the CEO 06:24 Decision-making process and approvals workflow 09:43 Communicating opportunities 11:15 Prioritization 14:18 Balancing the allocation of budgets 16:42 How equity compensation works 18:14 How aligned investment analysts are when evaluating a company 20:08 Forecasting deals 22:53 Priorities when looking at deals 26:49 Balancing priorities when structuring earnouts 28:31 Understanding a company’s culture 31:08 Integration from a CFO’s perspective 33:49 How the speed of integration impacts value realization 37:05 Biggest lessons learned as a CFO 39:23 How to pitch deals to the CFO 41:38 Craziest thing in M&A  
11/6/202346 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Big Shift from Corporate Development to Private Equity

Joe Metzger, Managing Director at 777 Partners Craving for fresh, actionable M&A insights? Dive into the M&A Science Fall Summit this Nov 8th! Unlock secrets on integration, valuations, talent retention, and more from top M&A minds. It’s all the ‘how-tos’ you need, and it’s FREE! Secure your spot at mascience.com. Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 05:02 Transitioning from Corporate Development to Private Equity 08:59 Corporate Development role vs Private Equity role 12:10 Seeking employment opportunities 16:16 The efficient frontier concept 20:06 Are you happier in private equity than in corporate development? 24:17 How to negotiate employment offers 26:48 Other things to negotiate in employment agreements 30:47 How to land a PE role 33:34 Advice to those considering transitioning between Corp Dev and Private Equity 34:52 How to transition to a PE role from a VC and M&A role 36:03 Craziest thing in M&A  
10/30/202339 minutes, 51 seconds
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Integration Strategies in M&A Part 2

Chris Evans, Experienced M&A Leader | ex-Head of CorpDev Integration at Amazon and Scott Boyd, Deputy Director, Strategy Implementation at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | former Head of Integration for AWS. (NASDAQ: AMZN) Craving for fresh, actionable M&A insights? Dive into the M&A Science Fall Summit this Nov 8th! Unlock secrets on integration, valuations, talent retention, and more from top M&A minds. It’s all the ‘how-tos’ you need, and it’s FREE! Secure your spot at MAscience.com! Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 02:26 Integration Strategy vs Change Management 06:50 Definition of Change Management 09:55 Dedicated Person for Change Management 14:03 Change Management Planning 16:16 Most Effective Approach to Change Management 19:32 Common Challenges during Change Management 24:25 Practical Tips for Change Management 26:49 Hardest Step in M&A 33:38 Craziest Thing in M&A  
10/23/202337 minutes, 57 seconds
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Integration Strategies in M&A Part 1

Chris Evans, Experienced M&A Leader | ex-Head of CorpDev Integration at Amazon and Scott Boyd, Deputy Director, Strategy Implementation at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | former Head of Integration for AWS. (NASDAQ: AMZN) Craving for fresh, actionable M&A insights? Dive into the M&A Science Fall Summit this Nov 8th! Unlock secrets on integration, valuations, talent retention, and more from top M&A minds. It’s all the ‘how-tos’ you need, and it’s FREE! Secure your spot at mascience.com. Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 06:11 Types of Integration Strategies 09:14 Transformative Integration 11:39 Deals Easy to Integrate 13:24 Most difficult thing to Integrate 15:40 Timeline of integration planning 20:26 Benefits of Integration teams running diligence 25:49 Integration Teams’ Diligence Execution 28:46 Structuring the M&A Function 34:39 Consistency vs. agility 40:10 Understanding culture pre LOI 44:34 Working with inexperienced business leaders 46:59 Questions to ask pre-LOI as an Integration leader  
10/16/202352 minutes, 10 seconds
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Executing M&A in Healthcare

Roy Schoenberg, President & Co-CEO at Amwell - American Well Corporation (NYSE:AMWL) This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use the code “podcast” at checkout.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at www.dealroom.net. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to www.firmroom.com. Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 04:26 Evolving from a medical background to M&A 07:27 What makes the healthcare space distinct 09:36 What drove Amwell to do acquisitions 13:03 Shaping the acquisition strategy 16:59 Amwell’s first acquisition 22:29 Integrating the new company 24:50 Retaining key people 28:33 First acquisition lessons learned 31:03 Dealing with transaction surprises 34:03 Approaching deals as one of the main principal 38:01 Deal sourcing 39:49 Managing relationships with the counterparty 41:30 Communication during diligence 43:14 Craziest thing in M&A  
10/9/202344 minutes, 11 seconds
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How to Balance Culture During an Integration

Mark Rayfield, CEO of Saint-Gobain North America (EPA: SGO) and CertainTeed This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use code “podcast” at checkout.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at www.dealroom.net FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to www.firmroom.com Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 05:50 Culture in M&A 09:59 Acquiring a competitor 11:18 Team Alignment 13:24 Understanding culture 15:45 Difficulties of Culture 16:52 Improving decision-making 18:55 Challenges for smaller companies 20:37 Lessons learned from acquisitions 24:58 Establishing strong communication 27:14 Advice on Integration 31:08 Retaining lessons learned 32:49 Ensuring deal value 34:40 Governance and M&A activities 37:20 Success metrics 38:59 Messaging with key investors 40:20 Non-core acquisitions 41:19 Cultural aspect of non-core acquisition 43:02 Craziest thing in M&A  
10/2/202346 minutes, 2 seconds
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Planning and Executing Your Exit as an Investor

Dr. Irit Yaniv, Founding Partner and CEO at Almada Ventures (TLV: AMDA) This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to www.firmroom.com Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 03:26 M&A in the medical device industry 04:49 Minority position during Investment 05:35 When to think about an exit 06:59 Getting involved in the exit  09:57 Working with the CEO 12:03 Keeping track of potential acquisitions 14:34 Finding the right buyer 17:55 Managing exit planning disagreements 20:34 Who controls exit decisions 22:23 Negotiation 25:37 When to engage with a banker 36:51 Advice on planning an exit 38:11 Bad exits 40:29 Other takeaways 42:35 Craziest thing in M&A  
9/25/202346 minutes, 24 seconds
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How PE Should Support Portfolio Company Acquisitions

Barak Routhenstein, Vice President of Corporate Development at Profile Products Join us on October 5th, 2023, in New York City for the M&A Science Fair 2023. Dive into a transformative M&A experience that not only emphasizes participant-driven topics but also offers an unparalleled opportunity to network with the industry's top minds. You can elevate your M&A practice with actionable insights and top-tier networking. The event is invitation-only to ensure a curated experience. Secure your invite today! Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 03:57 Changes in the M&A landscape 04:39 Changes in private equity acquisitions 08:14 Go-to-market 10:48 Deal origination 12:19 International deals 14:25 How PE firms look at acquisitions 15:48 Bad cultural fit 18:40 Relationship with PE firms 20:20 Ideal PE-sponsor relationship 21:45 Managing deal sourcing conflicts 22:38 Approval process 24:44 Sustaining support from PE firms 27:08 Reporting structure 29:54 Advice for PE firms in supporting portfolio companies 32:54 Staging productive meetings 35:01 Keys to pitching a deal 38:46 Approaching target company relationships 41:28 Managing underperforming acquired companies 42:18 PE firms buying other PE firms 43:26 Craziest thing in M&A  
9/18/202346 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Art of M&A: Striking the Right Balance Between Integration and Autonomy

Glenn Sanford, CEO eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPI) Join us on October 5th, 2023, in New York City for the M&A Science Fair 2023. Dive into a transformative M&A experience that not only emphasizes participant-driven topics but also offers an unparalleled opportunity to network with the industry's top minds. You can elevate your M&A practice with actionable insights and top-tier networking. The event is invitation-only to ensure a curated experience. Secure your invite today! Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 03:51 EXP’s acquisition history 05:31 Reasons behind EXP’s acquisitions 10:12 Acquiring Success Magazine 14:22 Factors to consider when looking at potential targets 17:49 Understanding a company’s culture 20:13 Reverse merger 24:38 Capital structure evolution 27:05 Managing relationships with the board of directors and shareholders 31:19 Managing integration 36:47 Other lessons and takeaways 39:03 Craziest thing in M&A  
9/11/202342 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ensuring Alignment for Deal Success

Andrew Bilbao, current CFO of Noble Education Acquisition Corp.  Join us on October 5th, 2023, in New York City for the M&A Science Fair 2023. Dive into a transformative M&A experience that not only emphasizes participant-driven topics but also offers an unparalleled opportunity to network with the industry's top minds. You can elevate your M&A practice with actionable insights and top-tier networking. The event is invitation-only to ensure a curated experience. Secure your invite today! Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 04:47 Areas where alignment is important 07:03 Approach to Alignment 11:19 Prioritizing the pipeline 14:11 Identifying an opportunity to LOI 15:56 Target Market Competitiveness 19:50 Evolving from first conversations 20:59 Go/No-go decision 25:47 Bidding process 28:45 Things to not do when dealing with the Board 29:55 Working with functional leads 33:41 Alignment with functional leads 35:53 Keeping alignment to strategy 38:16 The hardest part of achieving alignment 39:10 How do you not fall in love with your deal? 46:41 Craziest thing in M&A  
9/4/202350 minutes, 9 seconds
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How a Public Equity Analyst Evolves to Executing M&A

Greg Stein, Vice President, M&A and Strategy at Xerox (NASDAQ: XRX) This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/  Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 06:42 From public equity analyst to doing deals 07:32 Executing M&A against the strategy 10:49 Assessing M&A processes of companies 13:58 Trends between announcement of a deal and stock price  15:50 Transition from PE analyst role into corp dev 17:48 How to evaluate a business 19:26 Walking away from a deal 21:11 Integration aspects 24:09 Potential pitfalls in a deal 25:25 Prioritizing diligence 26:54 Guiding principles 28:08 Deal timeline and who gets involved 30:52 People overlap 32:25 Preliminary diligence as a Public Equity Analyst 35:59 Tips for negotiations 38:09 Advice for people transitioning from public equity role to M&A 40:10 Craziest thing in M&A  
8/28/202343 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Challenges of Cross-Border Deals

Clifford Felig, Partner at Meitar | Law Offices. This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy. If you’re looking to improve your in-house training, we have corporate training plans provided. Give your team members access to the best in class courses, templates, and networking opportunities in the industry. Our academy was designed to lead practitioners with the outdo with the M&A practices. It’s also a great way to show your support for M&A Science.  If you’re interested in learning more about individual or team plans, visit this page. Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 03:44 Finding an attorney for cross-border deals 08:01 Challenges of cross-border deals 14:55 Being mindful of the time difference 16:21 Key differences in local laws 19:18 Nature of deals in Isreal 21:40 Mitigating Risks 25:19 Differences in Negotiations 28:10 Difference in presenting LOI 29:56 Key differences in price negotiations 33:33 The American stereotype 36:59 Indemnification issues 39:40 Confidentiality 43:20 Differences in diligence 46:43 The importance of an attorney’s experience 48:09 Negotiating legal fees 52:22 Integrating Cross-Border Deals 53:32 Signs of a bad counsel  
8/21/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 14 seconds
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Tax Considerations in M&A

Lesley Adamo, Vice Chair of the Tax Group at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, This episode is sponsored by The M&A Science Fair, the exclusive event for the industry-leading M&A corporate practitioners. Join us on October 5th in NYC and collaborate with the best in the business to test your hypothesis and refine your strategies. Secure an invite at mascience.com/fair and make sure to use EARLYBIRD for a 20% discount! Episode Timestamps: 00:00 Intro 05:49 Tax Complexities 07:34 Considering Tax 15:05 Start-up Tax liabilities 18:33 Minimizing Risks 21:42 Stock vs. Asset sale 22:58 Net Operating Losses 27:00 Buyer’s Benefits 28:24 Creating a Holding Company 30:00 Equity Compensation 31:33 Efficient Tax Structuring for Sellers 36:59 Negotiations 39:38 Tax Considerations in LOI  43:40 Qualified small business stock 48:59 Relocation for Tax Savings 50:41 Tax considerations during diligence 52:21 Lessons Learned  
8/14/202356 minutes, 27 seconds
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How to do Deals in Latin America

Juan Guillermo Castaneda, former Senior Advisor to SKG CEO (LSEG: SKG) This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom. To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use code “podcast” at checkout. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://www.dealroom.net. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to www.firmroom.com Episode Timestamps: 00:00 Intro 04:13 Difference of M&A in the US vs Latin America 10:14 Mitigating Risks 14:31 Culture 17:54 Deal sourcing 19:41 Approaching companies 21:02 Getting companies interested 22:46 Dealing with Legacies 25:06 Red Flags in deals 29:59 Integration 33:11 Alignment before closing 34:01 Lessons Learned 35:37 Negotiations 36:27 Craziest thing in M&A  
8/7/202341 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Path to Successful Equal Mergers

Scott Crofton, Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy. If you’re looking to improve your in-house training, we have corporate training plans provided. Give your team members access to the best in class courses, templates, and networking opportunities in the industry. Our academy was designed to lead practitioners with the outdo with the M&A practices. It’s also a great way to show your support for M&A Science.  If you’re interested in learning more about individual or team plans, visit this page. Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 04:27 Mergers of equal 07:05 Managing mergers of equal 09:13 Private deals 12:55 The management team under mergers of equals 14:33 Board of directors composition 16:12 The process of mergers of equals 19:27 Diligence process 20:55 The impact of mergers of equal 23:06 Real-life story of Hostile Bids 25:13 Poison pill defense 28:51 Fairness Analysis 31:31 Litigation 33:18 Pros and Cons of Mergers of Equal 35:06 Time frame of mergers of equal 35:57 Best Advice 36:59 Craziest thing in M&A 
7/31/202340 minutes, 51 seconds
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How To Create a Value Chain Ecosystem

Brian Matthews, CEO at ITEL This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom. To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use code “podcast” at checkout. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at dealroom.net. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to firmroom.com. Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 04:20 Value chain ecosystem approach 08:23 Real-life example of a value chain ecosystem 12:05 Emphasis on the exit planning 13:51 Traditional bank exit 16:50 Benefits of an ecosystem approach 18:47 Bringing fresh perspectives 21:56 Ecosystem Playbook 23:58 How to create a value chain ecosystem 30:22 Considering the maturity of partner ecosystems of companies 37:19 Valuation 38:32 Best practices on deal execution 40:14 Transparency rules 42:18 Reading between the lines 43:09 Craziest thing in M&A  
7/24/202345 minutes, 40 seconds
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Buying Carve-outs for Future Exits

Joe Covey, a serial CEO and acquirer, and investor since 1992.  Matthew Davidge, is the co-owner of the NBC Affiliate WVNC (Watertown, NY) and several other stations around the country. This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy. If you’re looking to improve your in-house training, we have corporate training plans provided. Give your team members access to the best-in-class courses, templates, and networking opportunities in the industry. Our academy was designed to lead practitioners to outdo M&A practices. It’s also a great way to show your support for M&A Science. If you’re interested in learning more about individual or team plans, visit this page. Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro  06:43 Buy-side carve-out deals               10:35 Key approach to due diligence                11:52 Unbinding a company                 13:51 Why carve-outs are difficult                 15:41 Conversations with the right people         19:05 Key things to consider when doing a carve-out 22:58 Walking away from a deal 23:59 Considerations in the carve-out model 26:32 Challenges on the buy-side of carve-outs 27:58 You have to surround yourself 30:21 Evolving the operating model  34:37 The right time to exit 35:55 How working with an investment bank is different 37:48 Bank process vs. Proprietary deals  39:21 Key lessons 40:55 Timing 42:14 Communications 43:34 Alignment on post-close operations 45:27 Advice for first-time sellers 47:57 Negotiation considerations 49:59 Craziest thing in M&A
7/17/202354 minutes, 55 seconds
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How to Execute Product-Based Acquisitions

Andrew Morbitzer, VP/Head of Corporate Development at Typeform This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy. If you’re looking to improve your in-house training, we have corporate training plans provided. Give your team members access to the best in class courses, templates, and networking opportunities in the industry. Our academy was designed to lead practitioners with the outdo with the M&A practices. It’s also a great way to show your support for M&A Science.  If you’re interested in learning more about individual or team plans, visit this page. Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro  05:35 From engineering product to M&A 09:21 Difference of Product based acquisition 16:04 Gauging Product Market fit 22:07 Direct Observation 26:15 Permission from the company 28:21 Overlap analysis during product-based acquisition 31:35 Key elements for deal success 36:16 Agile M&A 37:51 Integrating engineering teams 40:53 Tips for product acquisition 42:41 Integrating competing products 47:00 Craziest thing in M&A 
7/10/202349 minutes, 23 seconds
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Building your M&A Muscle

Nate Lemmerman, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Cast & Crew This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use code “podcast” at checkout.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at www.dealroom.net. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to www.firmroom.com Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 06:10 Building an M&A function from scratch 09:05 Steps to building an M&A muscle 12:17 The strategy 15:38 Process and execution structure 22:16 Critical things to consider before signing a deal 26:04 Hiring people for the M&A team 28:30 Building the diligence muscle 30:01 People alignment in M&A 32:20 Building the integration muscle 35:39 Best practices when doing deals 37:55 Craziest thing in M&A  
7/3/202340 minutes, 51 seconds
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How to Overcome M&A Hurdles

Ritika Butani, Head of Corporate Development at Toast (NYSE: TOST) This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit https://www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use code “podcast” at checkout.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://www.dealroom.net FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://www.firmroom.com Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 04:22 Secrets to overcoming hurdles 05:51 Challenges in M&A 09:58 Complexities of smaller deals 12:43 Handling people in a smaller company 13:50 Cultural assessment 15:24 Culture ends up killing the deal 17:03 Tax Issues 18:58 HR issues 20:44 Contractual Issues 23:41 Change of control and assignment 25:05 Risks Mitigation 26:58 Finding good lawyers 28:34 Integration planning 30:05 Integration planning vs. hypothesis 32:44 No dedicated integration lead 34:34 Principles of doing deals 37:31 Non-negotiables 39:40 Dealing with issues 41:44 Surprise Issues 44:08 Craziest thing in M&A  
6/26/202347 minutes, 1 second
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Build-to-Buy and Option Structures

Finn Haley, SVP, Corporate Development at Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW) This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit https://www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use code “podcast” at checkout.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://www.dealroom.net   FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://www.firmroom.com Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 08:53 Option structure 14:04 Exit cap 16:11 Drivers for the structure 18:28 Alignment with the strategy 20:35 Monitoring progress and milestones 22:16 Moving fast 24:08 Failed startups 26:16 Risks 30:09 Exercising the option 33:54 Why deals don’t push through 38:53 Innovation 40:13 Approaching a company for the buy-to-build option structure 43:20 Craziest thing in M&A  
6/19/202348 minutes, 15 seconds
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Key Regulatory Considerations for M&A in the Current Market

Mark Legaspi, Director, Legal - Corporate at LinkedIn Hello M&A Friends, if you're looking to improve your in-house training, we have corporate training plans provided through M&A Science Academy. Give your team members access to the best in class courses, templates, and networking opportunities in the industry. Our academy was designed to lead practitioners with the outdo with the M&A practices. If you're interested in learning more about individual or team plans, go to www.mascience.com/academy. It's also a great way to show your support for M&A Science. Again, that's mascience.com/academy. Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 02:53 Key Considerations for M&A in 2023 05:22 Regulatory Challenges 09:41 Effect of Regulatory on Negotiations 15:43 Managing Value 17:51 Other Considerations Regarding Regulatory Risks 20:38 Suing the Regulatory Bodies 32:18 Regulatory Effects on Employees 34:08 Other Deal Killers in M&A 38:04 Trademarks Killing Deals 40:30 Market situation with IPs 42:22 Deal Breaks Due to IP 43:48 Advice for Deal Teams 46:39 Craziest thing in M&A  
6/12/202350 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Evolution of M&A Functions

David Hindley, VP of Corp Dev at Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit https://www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use the code “podcast” at checkout.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://www.dealroom.net. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://www.firmroom.com Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 05:00 The Evolution of M&A Functions 06:48 Deal experience as a Banker vs. Corp Dev 15:04 Leading an evolving M&A function 16:13 How the strategy evolved  18:07 Scoring opportunities 19:28 Speeding up the evolution for efficiency 21:31 Working with functional leads 22:29 Aligning the functions 24:10 Business Units 25:08 Corporate Development structure 27:57 Accountability 29:11 Working with integration folks 32:41 Evolution of the governance model 33:56 Success metrics 35:42 Retaining deal learnings 37:04 The hiring process 40:19 Lessons learned 41:26 Craziest thing in M&A  
6/5/202344 minutes, 43 seconds
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Thriving in Times of Change With Flexibility in Your Integration Planning

Staci van Schagen, Head of M&A Integration & Disentanglement at Philips This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/ Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 05:40 Running global Integrations 08:08 Adapting to different cultures 09:37 Fostering safety in IMO 11:31 Continuous Improvement 13:57 Delivering integration outcomes 18:16 Dealing with uncertainties during integration planning 20:52 Threshold for mistakes during integration 24:56 Using reflections to run integration 28:57 Deal sizes affecting preparations 31:51 Upskilling scenario planning 32:53 Craziest thing in M&A  
5/29/202336 minutes, 42 seconds
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Best Practices When Selling a Business

Jeff Wald, Co-founder of Bento Engine This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit https://www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use code “podcast” at checkout.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://www.dealroom.net   FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://www.firmroom.com  Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 03:44 Best practices during exits 04:41 Thinking about an exit 09:54 Engaging with investors 14:13 The path to being acquired 18:24 Tips for Outreach 19:49 First conversation 25:11 Key people when executing deals 29:00 Negotiating Law firm prices 30:16 Negotiating LOI 34:37 Confirmatory due diligence 37:06 Communicating with employees 39:13 Announce day 44:55 Integration 47:46 Craziest thing in M&A  
5/22/202350 minutes, 8 seconds
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How to Focus on Integration as a Corporate Development Professional

Brent Campbell,  Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at Alight Solutions (NYSE: ALIT) This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom. To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit https://www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use the code “podcast” at checkout. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://www.dealroom.net. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://www.firmroom.com Episode Timestamps 00:00 Intro 05:46 Importance of Integration 07:38 Gaining integration perspective 10:12 Negative consequences of neglecting integration 12:53 How corporate development can focus on integration 15:38 Challenges in integration 18:22 Challenges in aligning stakeholders 21:04 HSR restrictions 22:27 Integration structure 24:19 Building the integration muscle 32:06 Business sponsor 34:02 How to measure integration success 37:13 Craziest thing in M&A  
5/15/202340 minutes, 54 seconds
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The HR Practitioner’s Guide to Cultural Integration in M&A

Klint Kendrick, HR and M&A Leader | Keynote Speaker | Author of the HR Practitioners Guides to Mergers & Acquisitions This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit https://www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use code “podcast” at checkout.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://www.dealroom.net. FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://www.firmroom.com. EPISODE TIMESTAMPS: 00:00 Intro 05:30 The role of HR in M&A 09:55 Importance of identifying a potential culture clash 12:40 Cultural due diligence 17:27 Pre-LOI cultural diligence 22:09 Finding culture fit 24:48 Five Areas of culture clash 49:39 Deal-specific considerations 59:48 Taking findings that impact the deal terms 1:02:55 Assessing the level of cultural diligence 1:05:40 Transformative deals 1:09:44 The secret sauce to overcoming culture clash 1:12:44 Craziest thing in M&A  
5/8/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 26 seconds
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Valuation Trends & Principles and Working with Earnouts

PJ Patel, Co-CEO & Senior Managing Director at Valuation Research Corporation (VRC) This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom. To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit https://www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use code “podcast” at checkout. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://www.dealroom.net  FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://www.firmroom.com EPISODE TIMESTAMPS: 00:00 Intro 08:37 Market Trends 11:15 Maximizing your company’s valuation 12:24 Growth vs Cash flow 13:35 The effect of Storytelling on valuations 14:27 Investor’s Influence on Valuation 17:14 Things to avoid as an operator 19:14 Common Mistakes in Valuation 20:53 Impairment 23:42 Implications of impairment 25:49 Purchase price allocation 29:05 Earnout structures 32:34 Length of earnouts 32:51 Computing for Earnouts 38:33 Negotiating Earnouts 41:06 Craziest thing in M&A  
5/1/202344 minutes, 49 seconds
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Growing through Multiple Roll-ups

Sam Youssef,  Founder and CEO at Valsoft Corporation This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom. To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit https://www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use code “podcast” at checkout. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://www.dealroom.net FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://www.firmroom.com EPISODE TIMESTAMPS: 00:00 Intro 05:44 Looking at business through a different lens 09:19 Distinguishing good acquirers 11:17 Identifying the right segment and deal size 15:07 Platform play acquisition 19:57 Approaching target companies 23:16 Financial structure 26:09 Challenges in building an M&A muscle 29:42 Driving value from synergies 30:56 Getting the right people 32:49 Sharing learnings 38:39 Craziest thing in M&A  
4/24/202342 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Complexities of Smaller Deals

Kevin Griffin, Executive Director, Corporate Development at JLL (NYSE: JLL) This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom. To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit https://www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use code “podcast” at checkout. Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://www.dealroom.net . FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://www.firmroom.com  EPISODE TIMESTAMPS: 00:00 Intro 04:15 Focusing on smaller deals 06:48 Sourcing deals 08:10 Pros and cons of a competitive auction process 15:47 Cons of doing a proprietary deal 18:35 Benefits of doing a proprietary deal 22:15 Relationship problems 23:24 Proprietary deals vs auctions 25:32 Educating founders on the deal process 26:13 Working with lawyers 27:40 Biggest challenge when educating founders 29:42 Valuation 31:09 Negotiation 34:49 Earnouts 41:45 Making earnouts successful 43:19 Retention with smaller companies 44:17 Best Practices to retain people 46:08 Craziest thing in M&A  
4/17/202348 minutes, 45 seconds
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People-Focused Integration

Marilyne H. O'Hara, Global Head of M&A Integration at Block (NYSE: SQ) This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit https://www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use code “podcast” at checkout.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://www.dealroom.net .  FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://www.firmroom.com  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. EPISODE TIMESTAMPS: 00:00 Intro 05:20 What is People-Focused Integration 06:02 Ideal Integration Process 08:46 Strong Partnerships With Deal Leads 12:25 Consequences of Late Integration 14:53 Building the Integration Team 20:41 Involving the Integration Team 22:29 Integration Led Diligence 24:07 Building an Agile Team 28:30 Understanding Culture 30:49 Culture Shaping Integration 31:44 Red Flags in Culture Fit 32:46 Best Practices When Onboarding People  39:06 Working with Vendors for People-Focused Integration 40:12 Biggest Challenge 40:36 Advice for First Timer 41:23 Craziest thing in M&A  
4/10/202345 minutes, 1 second
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Preserving Startups During Acquisitions

Nadia Gil, Chief of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development at Brady (NYSE:BRC) This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom.  To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit https://www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use code “podcast” at checkout.  Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at https://www.dealroom.net .  FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to https://www.firmroom.com  EPISODE TIMESTAMPS: 00:00 Intro 04:01 Why large companies are focusing on acquiring startups 10:36 Why startups don't thrive in a larger company 13:15 Factors to consider when acquiring a startup 17:28 Factors that make startups unacquirable 21:35 Preserving startups in the larger company 24:41 Joint planning approach 26:35 Keys to a strong relationship 29:44 How can large companies protect the acquired small company 32:19 Integration 34:13 Compensation 38:49 How startups can protect themselves 40:48 When to walk away 46:29 How to mitigate the risk of destroying a small company 48:06 Craziest thing in M&A  
4/3/202352 minutes, 48 seconds
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Executing M&A Without Corporate Development

Michael Farlekas is the CEO at E2open Have someone in mind that would be perfect to help build out a new on-demand talent service line at M&A Science? Reach out to Kison at [email protected]   EPISODE TIMESTAMPS: 00:00 Introduction 02:24 Background 04:58 14 transactions without a dedicated Corp Dev team 08:47 Networking and scoring the deals 14:34 The hunting part 20:45 Restructuring the business for faster integration 22:04 Approach to due diligence 24:10 Key things to look at pre and post-LOI 25:15 Considering the culture and the people aspect 27:34 Integration 30:20 Budgeting Integration cost 32:19 Go-to-Market Integration 34:14 Acquiring away from the core 36:13 Keys to success 37:38 Go-To-Market Framework 39:54 Advice for first-time acquirers 44:33 Craziest thing in M&A  
3/27/202347 minutes, 49 seconds
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Setting Up Day One for Success

Chris Evans is the former Head of Corporate Development Integration at Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Have someone in mind that would be perfect to help build out a new on-demand talent service line at M&A Science? Reach out to Kison at [email protected] EPISODE TIMESTAMPS:  0:00 Introduction 5:32 How Important is Day One 10:40 What happens on Day One 14:59 Integration North Star 16:25 What Success on Day One looks like   21:00 Introducing the Integration Manager 25:43 Engaging the managers 31:08 Keeping the big picture alignment 35:30 Identifying the faces of the acquiring company 37:34 Sharing the Integration Plan 40:45 Connecting the value drivers to integration  45: 20 The biggest challenge on Day One 48:34 What is Day One of Day One in Amazon  52: 28 Craziest thing in M&A  
3/20/202346 minutes, 33 seconds
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How to Perform Diligence on Sustainability in M&A

Sarah Thuo, Chief Operating Officer of IBM Sustainability Services As the business world shifts towards a more environmentally and socially conscious approach, the significance of sustainability in M&A has become increasingly prominent. In light of this, companies are now considering the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives of their target companies before making any acquisitions. In this article, we explore the importance of sustainability in M&A and how to perform sustainability diligence, with insights from Sarah Thuo, Chief Operating Officer of IBM Sustainability Services. This episode is sponsored by our new publication: How to Stand Up an M&A Function.Topics include the order of hiring, establishing your operating model, developing your organization's integration muscle, and more. Find it on Amazon: shorturl.at/jBCW1
3/13/202345 minutes, 3 seconds
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Setting Up M&A for Hyper-Growth Companies

Michael Nov, Head of Corporate Development & Chief of Staff to the CTO at OwnBackup M&A is a game-changing tool that can propel a company's growth several years ahead of schedule. However, for hyper-growth companies, M&A can also be a double-edged sword that leads to attrition and detracts from the core business objectives.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Michael Nov, Head of Corporate Development & Chief of Staff to the CTO at OwnBackup, discusses how to set up M&A for hyper-growth companies.  This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy. Check out corporate training plans to connect your team with M&A knowledge straight from the best in the industry. They'll also gain access to the entire M&A Science community. For information on group plans, visit https://ma-science.webflow.io/podcast-commercial  
3/6/202350 minutes
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GTM Integration

Pat Belotti, VP of Corporate Development Integration at Zendesk. The go-to-market (GTM) integration strategy has a large impact on revenue generation and overall deal success. Integration can be very disruptive to the customers, but if done right, it can enhance the customer experience and acquisition results. In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Pat Belotti, VP of Corporate Development Integration at Zendesk, delves into the intricacies of GTM integration and offers valuable insights on how to approach it. This episode is sponsored by our new publication: How to Stand Up an M&A Function. Topics include the order of hiring, establishing your operating model, developing your organization's integration muscle, and more. Find it on Amazon: shorturl.at/jBCW1
2/27/202351 minutes, 55 seconds
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How Integration Has Changed Over Time

Pat Belotti, VP of Corporate Development Integration at Zendesk M&A integration in tech has changed quite a bit over the last twenty years. Integration has evolved from integration volunteers, to large teams with detailed tracking, to dedicated teams and Agile approaches.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Pat Belotti, VP of Corporate Development Integration at Zendesk, delves into the evolution of integration.  This episode is sponsored by our new publication: How to Stand Up an M&A Function. Topics include the order of hiring, establishing your operating model, developing your organization's integration muscle, and more. Find it on Amazon: shorturl.at/jBCW1  
2/20/202351 minutes, 5 seconds
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Improving IMO For Efficiency

Windy Nicholson, Technology Leader | Mergers and Acquisitions at Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) Acquisitions present unique challenges, but deal lifecycle processes can still be optimized for efficiency. Timeliness is a crucial factor in M&A, and the quicker a deal closes and integration is completed, the faster deal synergies can be achieved.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Windy Nicholson, the Technology Leader for Mergers and Acquisitions at Salesforce, discusses how to improve an IMO for efficiency.  This episode is sponsored by our new publication: How to Stand Up an M&A Function.Topics include the order of hiring, establishing your operating model, developing your organization's integration muscle, and more. Find it on Amazon: shorturl.at/jBCW1  
2/13/202340 minutes, 33 seconds
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How to Manage Deals From Strategy to Closing in M&A Part 2

Andy Wijaya, Senior Director, M&A at KLA (NASDAQ: KLAC) Managing a deal from start to finish requires a strategic approach and the ability to navigate the nuances of each phase.  In this 2-part episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Andy Wijaya, Senior Director, M&A at KLA,  talks about managing deals from strategy to closing, and dives deep into key stages of acquisition. "This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy. Check out corporate training plans to connect your team with M&A knowledge straight from the best in the industry. They'll also gain access to the entire M&A Science community. For information on group plans, visit https://ma-science.webflow.io/podcast-commercial  
2/9/202335 minutes
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How to Manage Deals From Strategy to Closing in M&A Part 1

Andy Wijaya, Senior Director, M&A at KLA (NASDAQ: KLAC) Managing the multi-faceted process of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can be a daunting task, especially for those in charge of overseeing the entire process. In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Andy Wijaya, Senior Director of M&A at KLA, discusses how to manage deals from strategy to closing.  This episode is sponsored by our new publication: How to Stand Up an M&A Function. Topics include the order of hiring, establishing your operating model, developing your organization's integration muscle, and more. Find it on Amazon: shorturl.at/jBCW1
2/6/202333 minutes, 17 seconds
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Alternative Strategies to Accelerate Growth

Yvanna Perez-Morel, Sr. Director of Corporate Development at Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) | Managing Director at Prisma Ventures Acquisitions are not the only way companies can achieve growth. Partnerships are a great way for organizations to grow their organic growth capabilities.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Yvanna Perez-Morel, Sr. Director of Corporate Development at Ulta Beauty | Managing Director at Prisma Ventures, discusses alternative strategies to accelerate growth. This episode is sponsored by our new publication: How to Stand Up an M&A Function. Topics include the order of hiring, establishing your operating model, developing your organization's integration muscle, and more. Find it on Amazon: shorturl.at/jBCW1
2/2/202342 minutes, 7 seconds
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First Conversation to LOI Session 3

Michael Frankel, Founder and Managing Partner of Trajectory Capital Establishing strong connections with a target company is essential in M&A. Securing deals can be challenging, but a strategic approach can result in mutually beneficial outcomes.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Michael Frankel, Founder and Managing Partner of Trajectory Capital, shares his approach to deal-making from first conversations to LOI.  We want to feature our listeners over the coming months on social media. If you’re a big fan, we’d love to hear about your favorite episode or something valuable you learned from M&A Science. You can send me an email directly at [email protected]
1/30/202348 minutes, 51 seconds
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Setting M&A Governance Up for Efficiency

Guy Fisher, Head of Corporate Development at Suncorp Group (ASX: SUN) In order for an M&A process to be successful, there must be effective governance in place. Governance is used to manage risks, and ensure that key stakeholders are well-informed and able to provide appropriate oversight throughout a transaction.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Guy Fisher, Head of Corporate Development at Suncorp Group, shares his expertise in setting M&A governance up for efficiency.  "Speed and efficiency create better outcomes. It reduces confusion and the time for external factors to impact the value of the deal and increases certainty." – Guy Fisher We want to feature our listeners over the coming months on social media. If you’re a big fan, we’d love to hear about your favorite episode or something valuable you learned from M&A Science. You can send me an email directly at [email protected]
1/26/202345 minutes, 34 seconds
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Executing Acquihires

Thomas Gorman, Strategy & Corporate Development at Pantheon Platform Mark Khavkin, CFO at Pantheon Platform Acquiring a company is complex and challenging, and in some instances, unnecessary. If buyers only need the people inside of a target company, they can do an acquihire instead of a traditional acquisition.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Thomas Gorman, Strategy & Corporate Development at Pantheon Platform, and Mark Khavkin, CFO at Pantheon Platform, discusses executing acquihires. We want to feature our listeners over the coming months on social media. If you’re a big fan, we’d love to hear about your favorite episode or something valuable you learned from M&A Science. You can send me an email directly at [email protected]
1/23/202335 minutes, 53 seconds
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How to Approach Reps and Warranties Insurance

Josh Holleman, Partner at Cooley LLP In recent years, there has been a surge in using reps & warranty insurance in M&A, especially in private deals. Buyers and sellers can save significant time and money using reps and warranties insurance. In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Josh Holleman, Partner at Cooley LLP, discusses how to approach reps and warranties insurance. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
1/19/202349 minutes, 19 seconds
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First Conversation to LOI Session 2

Ken Bond, Head of Corporate Development at Cetera Financial Group Before buyers and sellers agree to an LOI, there are many informal conversations that happen in the background. Buyers must carefully approach any informal conversations to avoid turning a buyer off while still securing the deal.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Ken Bond, Head of Corporate Development at Cetera Financial Group, discusses the key things to consider during pre-LOI conversations. We want to feature our listeners over the coming months on social media. If you’re a big fan, we’d love to hear about your favorite episode or something valuable you learned from M&A Science. You can send me an email directly at [email protected]
1/16/202343 minutes, 9 seconds
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Reps and Warranties from a Business Perspective

Gitanjali Pundir, Vice President, Global Corporate Development and M&A at Visa (NYSE: V) Today, more than 20 reps and warranty insurance companies exist. And unlike before, they are now willing to cover the entire suite of reps and warranties to replace the indemnification provisions in a traditional purchase agreement. So are they worth it? Should buyers consider reps and warranty insurance on all their deals?  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Gitanjali Pundir, Vice President, Global Corporate Development and M&A at Visa, discusses representations and warranties from a business perspective.
1/12/202344 minutes, 12 seconds
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First Conversation to LOI Session 1

Jeremy Segal, Executive Vice President Corporate Development at Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) Deal origination requires a well-planned strategy, and starts with informal conversations with a potential target. In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Jeremy Segal, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Progress, discusses what happens from first conversations to LOI. This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy. Check out corporate training plans to connect your team with M&A knowledge straight from the best in the industry. They'll also gain access to the entire M&A Science community. For information on group plans, visit https://ma-science.webflow.io/podcast-commercial.
1/9/202343 minutes, 36 seconds
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214. Starting Up Your Corp Dev Function

Veena Ramaswamy, Head of Corporate Development at Lemonade (NYSE: LMND)  Executing acquisitions without a dedicated function is highly inefficient and results in failed deals. Companies should not purely rely on inbound opportunities, and need strategic teams dedicated to sourcing deals.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Veena Ramaswamy, Head of Corporate Development at Lemonade, discusses how to create a corporate development function. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy. Check out corporate training plans to connect your team with M&A knowledge straight from the best in the industry. They'll also gain access to the entire M&A Science community. For information on group plans, visit https://ma-science.webflow.io/podcast-commercial.
1/5/202348 minutes, 53 seconds
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213. Executing Various Strategies and How to Get a CEO on Board

Rohit Dave, Head of Corporate Development at Block (NYSE: SQ) M&A is an excellent tool for growing a company. Still, acquirers should consider a variety of strategies before committing to a transaction. Choosing the right growth approach also dictates any integration plans.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Rohit Dave, Head of Corporate Development at Block, discusses executing various M&A strategies and how to get the CEO on board. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected].
1/2/202349 minutes, 32 seconds
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212. How to Efficiently Execute M&A Integration

Cara Bibbiani, Senior Director, Corporate Development, M&A Integration at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) The integration stage of the deal lifecycle is when teams can achieve a transaction's desired synergies. Even though integration starts post-close, integration planning should begin much earlier in the deal process.  In this interview, Cara Bibbiani, Senior Director Corporate Development, M&A Integration at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, discusses how to efficiently execute M&A Integration. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected].
12/29/202247 minutes, 13 seconds
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211. Creating an M&A Team Structure

Kevin Barnes, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Premier (NASDAQ: PINC) Standing up a corporate development function from scratch is a challenging, yet exciting task. And one of the pillars of a successful M&A function is a solid team who can effectively run deals.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Kevin Barnes, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Premier, discusses how to create an M&A team structure.   Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected].
12/26/202249 minutes, 19 seconds
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210. How to Transition Roles in M&A

Kerry Perez, VP of Enterprise Strategy at AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AMN) Corporate development and integration roles consist of different responsibilities. Yet, understanding both roles can help practitioners become more effective at deal execution. In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Kerry Perez, VP of Enterprise Strategy at AMN Healthcare, will discuss her fascinating journey to M&A, during which she experienced a variety of roles.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected].
12/22/202247 minutes, 53 seconds
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209. Accelerating M&A Integration

Caroline Jones, Senior Director - Acquisition Success at Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) Integrating an acquired company is always challenging. Acquirers must execute quickly and efficiently, navigate changes, and preserve the target company's value.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Caroline Jones, Senior Director - Acquisition Success at Cisco, discusses how to accelerate M&A integration. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected].
12/19/202241 minutes, 35 seconds
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208. Tying up M&A Strategy with Integration

Darrell Heaps, CEO at Q4 Inc. (TSE: QFOR) A strong deal strategy doesn't guarantee success. Integration is where value is created and must be prioritized from the very beginning of a deal.  In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Darrell Heaps, CEO at Q4 Inc., discusses how to tie M&A strategy and integration together. This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy. Check out corporate training plans to connect your team with M&A knowledge straight from the best in the industry. They'll also gain access to the entire M&A Science community. For information on group plans, email [email protected].
12/15/202242 minutes, 14 seconds
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207. How to Get Alignment From Both Teams During M&A Integration

Don Yakulis, Global Head of M&A Integration, Light and Wonder, (NASDAQ: LNW) formerly Scientific Games Integrating an acquired company is one of the most daunting tasks in M&A. Integration never goes as planned, but there are things that teams can do to make it much easier for everyone involved.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Don Yakulis, Global Head of M&A Integration at Light and Wonder, discusses the importance of achieving alignment from both teams during M&A integration.  This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy. Check out corporate training plans to connect your team with M&A knowledge straight from the best in the industry. They'll also gain access to the entire M&A Science community. For information on group plans, email [email protected].
12/12/202251 minutes, 34 seconds
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206. Go-To-Market Integration Planning Part 2

James Harris, Principal, Corporate Development Integration at Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Achieving revenue synergies should always be a transaction’s top priority. By leveraging the combined customer base of both companies, and combining the marketing and sales efforts, companies can become a much more powerful force in the marketplace. In this two-part M&A Science Podcast episode, James Harris, Principal, Corporate Development Integration at Google, discusses go-to-market integration planning.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
12/8/202237 minutes, 33 seconds
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205. Go-To-Market Integration Planning Part 1

James Harris, Principal, Corporate Development Integration at Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) When two businesses merge, the new company's success often depends on how well the go-to-market plan is executed. The combined company inherits the two businesses’ customers, products, and respective sales and marketing channels. If not planned properly, the combined efforts can lead to customer confusion and lost sales.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, James Harris, Principal, of Corporate Development Integration at Google, discusses go-to-market integration planning. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
12/5/202241 minutes, 10 seconds
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204. The Corporate Venture Strategy

Larry Forman, Senior Manager and Head of the Ecosystem for Deloitte’s New Venture Accelerator There are different ways to create and grow a business: build up from scratch, acquire another company, or gain strategic alignment with other companies through partnerships. Through a parternship, a business can leverage someone else's technology for faster growth. In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Larry Forman, Senior Manager and Head of the Ecosystem for Deloitte's New Venture Accelerator, discusses corporate venture strategy.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected].
12/1/202246 minutes, 52 seconds
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203. How to Run an Accelerated Deal Process

Kirti Gavri, Head of Corporate Development for Wizeline Auction processes in M&A are very challenging for strategic buyers and corporate development teams need more than a compelling offer to compete in an auction.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Kirti Gavri, Head of Corporate Development for Wizeline, discusses how to run an accelerated deal process.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by DealRoom: faster diligence and integration in one combined process. See how DealRoom produces more value in less time by going to www.dealroom.net
11/28/202245 minutes, 2 seconds
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202. Strategizing and Executing your Exit for the Greater Good of your Team

Tim Wentworth, Retired CEO, Evernorth Selling a business can be challenging for a founder. Regardless of the reasons behind an exit, there are ways to ensure a company's continuity and success.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Tim Wentworth, Retired CEO of Cigna, formerly known as Express Scripts, discusses how to strategize and execute an exit for a team's greater good.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by DealRoom: faster diligence and integration in one combined process. See how DealRoom produces more value in less time by going to www.dealroom.net
11/24/202251 minutes, 9 seconds
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201. Successful End-to-End M&A

Hannah Elsakr, Vice President, Corporate Development, M&A Integration at Adobe Creating value through M&A takes work. There are many steps to take during targeting, diligence, and integration in order to achieve a transaction’s intended synergies. So. how can teams increase a deal’s chances of success?  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Hannah Elsakr, Vice President, Corporate Development, M&A Integration at Adobe, discusses executing successful end-to-end M&A.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by DealRoom: faster diligence and integration in one combined process. See how DealRoom produces more value in less time by going to www.dealroom.net
11/21/202239 minutes, 28 seconds
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200. Bottoms Up Deal Origination Model

Benjamin Orthlieb, VP and Head of Corp Dev at LinkedIn The M&A can be highly inefficient, and inefficiency can lead to failed deals. However, some practitioners have figured out how to increase deal success using new work methods. For example, some practitioners have turned to Linkedin as a different way to approach deal origination.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Benjamin Orthlieb, Vice President and Head of Corporate Development at Linkedin, discusses Linkedin’s bottoms-up deal origination model. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by DealRoom: faster diligence and integration in one combined process. See how DealRoom produces more value in less time by going to www.dealroom.net
11/17/202241 minutes, 6 seconds
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199. How to Execute an Effective M&A Integration Handoff

Keith Crawford, Global Head of Corporate Development / M&A at State Street (NYSE: STT) Integration is where value is created regardless of what happened during negotiations and diligence. However, an acquirer can destroy a target company if integration is poorly executed. Therefore, ensuring the acquired business is in good hands is imperative.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast,  Keith Crawford, Global Head of Corporate Development / M&A at State Street, discusses how to execute an effective M&A integration handoff. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by DealRoom: faster diligence and integration in one combined process. See how DealRoom produces more value in less time by going to www.dealroom.net
11/14/202247 minutes, 31 seconds
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198. How to Create an Agile M&A Strategy

Daniel Gittsovich, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development at L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX) Strategy execution is one of the most fundamental reasons behind M&A. Acquiring a business and rationalizing the deal afterwards is a quick way to waste time and money. In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Daniel Gittsovich, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development at L3Harris Technologies, discusses how to create an Agile M&A strategy. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom. We built the world's most intuitive virtual data room, that meets public company standards, at a fair price. Learn more by going to https://www.firmroom.com
11/10/202245 minutes, 59 seconds
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197. Sell-Side Behind-the-Scenes: Preparing a Company For an Acquisition Part 2

Frederic Lebourg, CEO & Managing Director at Redlands Farm Holding, Inc. - a Subsidiary of the Bollore Group Selling a business is always challenging. Finding the right buyer, negotiating a fair price, and preserving a business for sale takes time and effort, and there are plenty of potential pitfalls that can derail the entire process along the way.  This interview is part two of our M&A Science Podcast interview during which Frederic Lebourg, CEO & Managing Director at Redlands Farm Holding, Inc., discusses how to prepare a company for an acquisition. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected] episode is sponsored by FirmRoom. We built the world's most intuitive virtual data room, that meets public company standards, at a fair price. Learn more by going to https://www.firmroom.com
11/7/202245 minutes, 57 seconds
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196. Sell-Side Behind the Scenes: Preparing a Company For Acquisition Part 1

Frederic Lebourg, CEO & Managing Director at Redlands Farm Holding, Inc. - a Subsidiary of the Bollore Group. There are many reasons why an owner sells their business. Before talking to an actual buyer, potential sellers need to prepare their business in order to maximize value. This is part 1 of a 2-part episode on the M&A Science Podcast, during which Frederic Lebourg, CEO & Managing Director at Redlands Farm Holding, Inc., discusses how to prepare a company for acquisition. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
11/3/202246 minutes, 9 seconds
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195. Reverse Auction in M&A

Atul Tiwary, Vice President of Corporate Development at Barracuda (NYSE: CUDA) The M&A auction process creates competition among potential buyers and drives prices up. In most cases, proactive acquirers tend to avoid these types of transactions, but buyers can also initiate and create their own auction process.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Atul Tiwary, Vice President of Corporate Development at Barracuda, talks about the reverse auction process in M&A.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
10/31/202243 minutes, 9 seconds
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194. How to Properly Lay Off People During an Acquisition

Evelyn De la Cruz, Head of North America Administrative Operations at Spencer Stuart When acquiring another company, there is always the potential that layoffs will need to take place to streamline the new organization. Of course, letting people go is never easy, but there are ways to go about layoffs properly to minimize damage to the individuals and the company's reputation In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Evelyn De la Cruz, Head of North America Administrative Operations at Spencer Stuart, discusses how to properly lay off people during an acquisition. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 30% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
10/28/202251 minutes, 29 seconds
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193. Dissecting GTM for Successful Integration

Dustin Delewski, Director of M&A Integration Management at Cardinal Health (NYSE: CAH) Go-to-market integration is more than just combining the sales and marketing teams. Many nuances often get overlooked, especially in the back office. To increase integration success, there has to be a detailed understanding of the go-to-market system.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Dustin Delewski, Director of M&A Integration Management at Cardinal Health, gives a comprehensive view of how to dissect a GTM for successful integration.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 30% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/ 
10/26/202247 minutes, 23 seconds
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192. How to Approach Deal Targets

Andrew Whitcomb, Sr. Director, Strategy, Corporate Development, M&A at Builders FirstSource NYSE: BLDR Proactive M&A is not easy. Proactive M&A requires keeping tabs on multiple companies, reaching out to them directly, and convincing owners to sell their businesses to strangers. Yet, the ability to tackle all of these actions are what make a great corporate development team.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Andrew Whitcomb, Sr. Director, Strategy, Corporate Development, M&A at Builders FirstSource, shares how to approach deal targets.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
10/20/202246 minutes, 12 seconds
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191. Introducing M&A to a Larger Company

Jeff Hennig, Vice President, Corporate Development at AMD (NASDAQ) Dan Menge, Head of M&A Integration at AMD (NASDAQ) When two companies merge together, there will be overlaps that result in winding down functions. But what happens when there are two functions that perfectly complement each other?  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Jeff Hennig, Vice President, Corporate Development at AMD, and Dan Menge, Head of M&A Integration at AMD, will talk about how AMD acquired Xilinx and how to introduce M&A to a large company Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
10/17/202247 minutes, 33 seconds
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190. Carving Out A Competitor

Liz Lockhart, Sr. Director, PMO, Training and Business Applications Carve-outs are incredibly complex. Buying a small part of a target company brings many challenges and can be even more complicated if the acquirer is carving out a public company.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Liz Lockhart, Sr. Director, PMO, Training and Business Applications, shares her first experience and lessons learned in carving out a competitor.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
10/13/202245 minutes, 36 seconds
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189. Formulating M&A Strategy for Proactive Sourcing

Mike Kryza, Head of Corporate Development at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America Private- F500 Mergers and acquisitions are a critical part of any business, yet they can be very risky. Therefore, a clear strategy is necessary for deal success. A well-planned deal strategy enables companies to proactively source deals rather than be reactive. Without the right target, what is the point of M&A?  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Mike Kryza, Head of Corporate Development at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, discusses formulating an M&A strategy for proactive sourcing.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
10/10/202247 minutes, 17 seconds
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188. Realizing Go-To-Market Synergies

Karen Ashley, Vice President, Corporate Development Integration at Cisco CSCO (NASDAQ) M&A doesn't end when a deal closes. The deal's success relies heavily on how well the acquirer can integrate the target company. Revenue synergies are one of the most important, but also one of the hardest, things to achieve during integration. When two companies come together, their products and services often overlap, and it can be challenging to figure out how to market them as one company.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Karen Ashley, Vice President, Corporate Development Integration at Cisco, discusses how to realize go-to-market synergies. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
10/6/202247 minutes, 28 seconds
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187. How to Convince People to Sell their Business

Willy Walker, Chairman and CEO of Walker & Dunlop, Inc (NYSE: WD)  M&A is one of the fastest ways to grow a company. Many of the largest companies in the world turn to M&A for inorganic growth. However, first-time acquirers often find it difficult to buy companies due to a lack of experience and reputation.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Willy Walker, Chairman, and CEO of Walker & Dunlop, Inc, discusses how to convince people to sell their business. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
10/3/202252 minutes, 8 seconds
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186. Proactive Deal Sourcing

Lisa Marchese, Head of Corporate Development at American Express AXP (NYSE) Culture is one of the biggest M&A killers. Some of the biggest deal failures in history are due to culture clashes that resulted in value leaks and destroyed companies. Bringing culture to the forefront of transactions can help increase deal success.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Lisa Marchese, Head of Corporate Development at American Express, discusses proactive deal sourcing with culture in mind. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/ 
9/29/202247 minutes, 16 seconds
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185. How to Improve the Sales Function During Integration

Richard Dunkel, Global Head of Field Enablement at Celonis The sales operation is the cornerstone of every business. Without it, companies would not have revenue. In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Richard Dunkel, Global Head of Field Enablement at Celonis, discusses how to improve the sales function during integration. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
9/26/202249 minutes, 52 seconds
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184. Lessons Learned from Leadership Onboarding

Kim Jones, HR Director M&A at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) An effective M&A onboarding process post-close can dictate employee retention. But what's even more important is retaining the acquired company's leadership. Leadership has massive influence inside the business, and helping them transition properly will positively impact the overall transaction.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Kim Jones, HR Director M&A at Microsoft, discusses lessons learned from leadership onboarding. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
9/22/202245 minutes, 24 seconds
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183. Building an Exit Path

Touraj Parang, President & COO of Serve Robotics Selling a business is a difficult task that requires a lot of planning and preparation. However, most entrepreneurs refuse to entertain the idea of a sale until it is too late. The best time to plan an exit is when times are good, not in a desperate situation. The longer the prep time, the higher chances of success.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Touraj Parang, President & COO of Serve Robotics, discusses how to build an exit strategy.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
9/19/202248 minutes, 7 seconds
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182. Developing an M&A Thesis

Siran Tanielyan, SVP, Corporate Development at Paramount (NYSE: PGRE) Every company wants to evolve and grow its business, and M&A is one of the fastest and most powerful ways to grow. If done correctly, M&A can transform an organization overnight but there must be a sound M&A thesis. Without an M&A thesis, acquirers might end up wasting time, money, and opportunities.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Siran Tanielyan, SVP, Corporate Development at Paramount, talks about developing an M&A thesis.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
9/15/202249 minutes, 31 seconds
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181. Leadership Alignment and GTM Strategy for Successful Deals

Cole Breidenbach, VP, M&A Integration & Strategic Initiatives at Okta (NASDAQ: OKTA) Leadership alignment is one of the most underrated aspects of M&A. But without leadership alignment, there will be confusion regarding what the company will represent post-close and what needs to be integrated. The company will be left with an inconsistent narrative and messaging, which leads to retention issues.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Cole Breidenbach, VP, M&A Integration & Strategic Initiatives at Okta, discusses leadership alignment and creating a GTM strategy for successful deals. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
9/12/202245 minutes, 7 seconds
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180. Growing Beyond M&A

Christina Ungaro, VP, Head of Corporate Development at Wind River Corporate development is more than just doing M&A. Sometimes, acquiring a company isn't the best way to achieve the organization's growth strategy. There are a variety of approaches to accelerating a business that require extra analysis and planning. In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Christina Ungaro, VP, Head of Corporate Development at Wind River, talks about growing beyond M&A.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
9/8/202242 minutes, 16 seconds
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179. How to Stand Up an IMO Function

Joshua Zatkin-Steres, Head of M&A Integration at Zuora NYSE: ZUO Integration is one of the most challenging and crucial parts of M&A. It requires a complete understanding of the parent company and the newly acquired business. If done right, it will allow acquirers to capture intended synergies and maximize the value of their transaction. It is why having a dedicated integration function can be extremely valuable to an organization.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Joshua Zatkin-Steres, Head of M&A Integration at Zuora, talks about how to stand up an IMO function. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
9/5/202243 minutes, 43 seconds
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178. Secrets to Building an M&A Function

Bani Bedi, SVP, Head of Corporate Development, Strategy and Monetization at Smartsheet M&A is one of the most powerful tools to transform your business instantly.  If done right, your organization will reach new heights that otherwise would not have been possible. But before you can reap its benefits, you must build a good M&A function.  In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Bani Bedi, SVP, Head of Corporate Development, Strategy, and Monetization at Smartsheet, shares the secrets to building an M&A function.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
9/1/202245 minutes, 43 seconds
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177. Financial Diligence in M&A

Amr Abdelaziz,  Senior Director, M&A Finance at Equinix (NASDAQ: EQIX) Finance is arguably the most critical part of the due diligence process. Almost every transaction comes down to the numbers unless it's a pure IP deal. Conducting effective financial diligence in M&A is crucial to every acquisition's success.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Amr Abdelaziz, Senior Director, M&A Finance at Equinix, talks about financial diligence in M&A.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
8/29/202248 minutes, 20 seconds
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176. Developing Strategy with Business Leaders

Michael McDonald, Director, Strategy at Koch Engineered Solutions Strategy is a crucial part of an M&A. Without it, acquirers may end up purchasing companies that compromise their time and resources. A good strategy shapes how to approach a target company, the questions to ask during diligence, and how to integrate the newly acquired business. In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Michael McDonald, Director, Strategy at Koch Engineered Solutions, talks about developing strategies with business leaders.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
8/25/202234 minutes, 1 second
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175. How to Compete in a Competitive M&A Market

Tyler Rodewald, Vice President, M&A at EIS Holdings  In M&A, most acquirers don't like a competitive process. Auctions can drive higher prices, shorten the diligence process, and increase uncertainty. However, competitive processes are almost inevitable as sellers are looking to maximize the value of their company.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Tyler Rodewald, VP, M&A at EIS Holdings, talks about how to compete in a competitive M&A process.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
8/22/202238 minutes, 20 seconds
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174. Capturing Revenue Synergies

Joe Heel, Chief Revenue Officer at Zebra Technologies  Revenue synergies are one of the most challenging metrics to achieve during integration, but are also the primary reason companies buy businesses. It's safe to say that many transactions fail to realize their intended value.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Joe Heel, Chief Revenue Officer at Zebra Technologies, talks about capturing revenue synergies.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
8/18/202242 minutes, 57 seconds
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173. Architecting Communications for Successful Integration

Emma Barton, Director, Alliance and Integration Management at AstraZeneca AZN (NASDAQ) Deal failure can often be tied back to a lack of communication and collaboration. Teams often work in silos which results in inefficiencies and a poor employee experience. However, smooth transaction workflows are possible, and with increased deal success, with the proper framework.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Emma Barton, Director, Alliance and Integration Management at AstraZeneca, discusses architecting communications for successful integration. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
8/15/202245 minutes, 16 seconds
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172. Risk Allocation Between Signing and Closing an M&A Deal

Brett Shawn, Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Warburg Pincus LLC In M&A, time is the enemy. The longer a deal takes to close, the more risks it poses for both parties. Both the buyer and the seller need to understand the deal risks and how to mitigate them.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Brett Shawn, Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Warburg Pincus LLC, talks about risk allocation between signing and closing an M&A deal.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
8/11/202246 minutes, 25 seconds
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171. Working with Legal to Dial in Your M&A Strategy

Felipe Heiderich, Senior Counsel at Moderna NASDAQ: MRNA We all know it's impossible to do M&A without lawyers. But the question is, how early should lawyers be involved in a transaction? Understanding what lawyers do is crucial to answering this question.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Felipe Heiderich, Senior Counsel at Moderna, discusses the importance of lawyers in M&A and their role throughout the deal lifecycle.   Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
8/8/202246 minutes, 20 seconds
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170. Challenges of Go-To-Market Integration

Massimo Malizia, Director of Corporate Development Integration at Cisco Systems More often than not, M&A involves go-to-market integration. After all, companies are bought to achieve revenue synergies in new markets. Getting the GTM integration just right should be a top priority.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Massimo Malizia, Director of Corporate Development Integration at Cisco Systems, talks about the challenges of go-to-market integration and how to make it more successful. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
8/4/202241 minutes, 45 seconds
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169. How to Scale Your Corporate Development Function

Saurabh Tejwani, Vice President, Corporate Development and Business Operations at GoPuff. The corporate development function is crucial to a company's growth, and is primarily focused on strategic decisions to achieve inorganic growth. The more activity, the bigger the function should be. But scaling is not always easy, especially the first time around.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Saurabh Tejwani, Vice President, Corporate Development and Business Operations at GoPuff, talks about how to scale a corporate development function.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup  If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
8/1/202250 minutes, 22 seconds
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168. Buying Public Companies

Pranjal Gambhir, and Doretta Mistras, Managing Director - Global Investment Banking, Healthcare at Citi The M&A process varies when dealing with a public vs private company. To many, acquiring a public company is more ideal. First-time acquirers need to be aware of the differences between acquiring a public company and acquiring a private company. In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Pranjal Gambhir and Doretta Mistras, both Managing Directors, Global Investment Banking, Healthcare at Citi, talk about how to buy public companies.  To check out Affinity’s 2022 M&A Benchmark Report, download it for free at http://affinity.co/kison Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
7/26/202233 minutes, 15 seconds
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167. How to Execute an Integration Plan (Day1)

Gene Hugh, Chief Financial Officer at Procure Analytics, and John Morada, COO at M&A Science + DealRoom. Day one is a monumental day for acquirers.  All cuffs are off, and the target company has an official new owner. How well the acquired business is integrated will determine the transaction's success and the realized value.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Gene Hugh, Chief Financial Officer at Procure Analytics, and John Morada, COO at M&A Science + DealRoom, will discuss how to execute an integration plan successfully.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
7/18/202240 minutes, 38 seconds
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166. The Process of Change Management in M&A

Michael DeVita, Business Value Advisor at Salesforce Change management is one of the most crucial parts of M&A.  When you don't plan for it; value creation is in jeopardy..  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Michael DeVita, Business Value Advisor at Salesforce, talks about the change management process in M&A. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
7/11/202242 minutes, 20 seconds
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165. Divestitures from a Legal Perspective

Andrew Gratz, Chief Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel at LyondellBasell Divesting a business is never easy. And while corporate development plays a huge role in the preparation, the legal team also plays a crucial role.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Andrew Gratz, Chief Privacy Officer, and Associate General Counsel at LyondellBasell, talks about what a divestiture looks like from a legal perspective. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected] episode is sponsored by DealRoom, the leading M&A lifecycle management platform. To see why the best in the industry use DealRoom, go to https://www.dealroom.net
7/4/202246 minutes, 53 seconds
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164. Sourcing Companies that are Not for Sale

Rishabh Mishra, Vice President and Head of Corporate Development at Infostretch. Traditionally, corporate development sources deals by looking for willing sellers. While that is an excellent way to find initiate M&A, there are alternative options.  Companies that are looking for buyers have been dressed up for sale and are under-invested for profit maximization and growth. Buying growth companies in their raw state can end up being a more lucrative acquisition.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Rishabh Mishra, Vice President and Head of Corporate Development at Infostretch, talks about how to source companies that are not for sale.   Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/
6/27/202244 minutes
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163. Effective Deal Sourcing Through Market Mapping

Sabeeh Khan, Director of Corporate Development at Infoblox NYSE (BLOX) Reactive M&A is a great way to become distracted, go after unproductive deals, and tie up internal resources.  If you want to do effective M&A, you have to be proactive. M&A is a great tool to have and should be a part of your growth strategy.  So, how do you find target companies?  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Sabeeh Khan, Director of Corporate Development at Infoblox, talks about how to effectively source deals through market mapping. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by DealRoom, the leading M&A lifecycle management platform. To see why the best in the industry use DealRoom, go to https://www.dealroom.net
6/20/202243 minutes, 57 seconds
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162. The Basics of Sell-Side M&A

Adam Coffey, Founding Partner of CEO Advisory Guru LLC. Selling a business is an extremely significant event in a business owner’s life.  The decision to sell is life-changing for entrepreneurs, and not just financially. Owners need to be prepared and educated before putting their company up for sale. In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Adam Coffey, Founding Partner of CEO Advisory Guru LLC, discusses the basics of sell-side M&A. Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by DealRoom, the leading M&A lifecycle management platform. To see why the best in the industry use DealRoom, go to https://www.dealroom.net
6/13/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 4 seconds
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161. How to Source Deals and Build Your Pipeline

Jeremy Segal, Executive Vice President Corporate Development at Progress NASDAQ: PRGS Corporate development teams are tasked with finding potential M&A targets.  And while that may sound fun and exciting, deals don’t just fall out of the sky. Any serious acquirer knows that inbound deals are not always the best way to get leads. Proactively sourcing deals is the best way to approach M&A. In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Jeremy Segal, EVP, Corporate Development at Progress, teaches us how to source deals and build a pipeline.  Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining our M&A Science Academy. Use code “podcast” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. www.mascience.com/academy Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]. This episode is sponsored by DealRoom, the leading M&A lifecycle management platform. To see why the best in the industry use DealRoom, go to https://www.dealroom.net
6/6/202249 minutes, 45 seconds
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160. How M&A Strategy Evolves in Education Technology

Tom Horton, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy at Kaplan, Inc. Online education is not new. Back in 2010, Kaplan University already had 75,000 students in its online higher education program. It grew rapidly and was highly profitable since online schools have lower costs than face-to-face campus delivery-based education.  But because of the pandemic, the entire educational sector was forced to shift in this direction, increasing competition. There has been a 40% increase in acquisitions since the pandemic, and interest in the education sector has exploded.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Tom Horton, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy at Kaplan, Inc., talks about how M&A strategy has evolved in education technology. Things you will learn in this episode: - The evolution of online education - How Kaplan allocates resources for growth - Five M&A criteria Kaplan requires for potential acquisitions - Team alignment and how it has evolved over the years  - Biggest lessons learned from Tom’s M&A experience Liked today's episode? Unlock over 50 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining our M&A Science Academy. For a special 30% discount, use code “podcast” at our sign-up page for either monthly or annual plans. www.mascience.com/academy If you’re head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at [email protected]
5/30/202249 minutes, 38 seconds
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159. From Accounting to an M&A Career

Kayla Davis, Vice President, Head of M&A at ABM Industries (NYSE: ABM) M&A is a fascinating career path, and traditionally there are a only few entry points.  Banking roles are the most common entry point to M&A, but recently, we have seen an increase in practitioners coming from different backgrounds.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Kayla Davis, Vice President, Head of M&A at ABM Industries, talks about how she transitioned from accounting to an M&A career. Things you will learn in this episode: - Kayla's journey to M&A - How she built her team and the function - Advice to new M&A practitioners  - How to transition to internally sourcing deals - Maintaining accountability throughout the entirety of the deal To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
5/23/202245 minutes, 51 seconds
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158. Career Development in M&A

Caleb Shafer, Corporate Development Associate at RS Group plc. (LON: RS1) Traditionally, corporate development professionals come from banking roles.  And while nothing is wrong with that, it is always fascinating to hear other ways that professionals start their careers in M&A.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, M&A is Caleb Shafer, Corporate Development Associate at RS Group plc talks about his career development in M&A.  You will also learn: - Where Caleb started  - Skills required for a corporate development role  - What senior leadership can do to unlock their junior-level talent  - Gray-zone leadership Advice to aspiring practitioners  To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
5/16/202238 minutes, 7 seconds
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157. Implementing an Actionable GTM Strategy

Hannah Leung, Senior Manager, Global Distribution M&A at Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) Implementing a GTM strategy is one of the most crucial parts of integration. The GTM strategy is what makes achieving synergies and scaling post-close possible.  In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Hannah Leung, Senior Manager, M&A at Salesforce, talks about the challenges of implementing an actionable GTM strategy. In this episode you will learn about: - The relationship between corp dev and integration team - How integration teams do GTM planning - The challenges in implementing an actionable GTM strategy - How to ensure team alignment - How to track value from buying plans To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
5/9/202241 minutes, 45 seconds
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156. How to Run an Integration Led Confirmatory Diligence Process

Jim Buckley, Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions Integration at VMware (NYSE: VMW) It doesn’t matter if you buy the best company in the world, if integration is not done properly, value will be lost. And while there are a handful of companies embracing the value of integration and bringing the integration team in during the diligence process, some take it even further.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Jim Buckley, Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions Integration at VMware, talks about how to run an integration-led confirmatory diligence process.  Things you will learn in this episode: -The difference between a corporate development and integration team -Why you should involve the integration team pre LOI -How integration leaders draft diligence questions -The do's and don'ts of integration To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
5/2/202245 minutes, 30 seconds
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155. How to Formulate Your M&A Strategy

Matt Arsenault, VP of Corporate Development at Jamf Too many times, we've seen M&A used as a strategy to grow businesses. But in fact, M&A is not a strategy, it's a tool that organizations use to achieve their corporate strategy.  But once you understand your true north, having an M&A strategy is just as important.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Matt Arsenault, VP of Corporate Development at Jamf, talks about how to formulate an M&A strategy. You will also learn: - The importance of an M&A strategy  - How socializing your strategy can help you source deals - Creating your own M&A scorecard - Challenges in developing your M&A strategy - Lessons learned along the way To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
4/25/202254 minutes, 17 seconds
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154. How to Stand Up an IMO

Ian Burk, EVP of integration at Upland Software (NASDAQ: UPLD) The importance of integration has never been more prevalent. And standing up a dedicated function to oversee integration is becoming more of a necessity as a company grows more prominent.  Having an integration management office (IMO) might be a good fit for your company. But how do you stand up to such a function?  In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Ian Burk, EVP of integration at Upland Software, talks about how to stand up an IMO.  You will also learn: -What is the primary role of an integration management office -The actual steps in standing up an IMO -How to build playbooks  -Best practices during integration  -The importance of executive sponsorship To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
4/18/202245 minutes, 59 seconds
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153. How to Grow Purely on Acquisitions

Austin Woody, Senior Vice President of M&A and Corporate Development at Upland Software(NASDAQ: UPLD)   From zero revenue to a billion-dollar market capitalization, Upland Software has exponentially grown its business through acquisitions.  How did Upland Software do it?  In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Austin Woody, Senior Vice President of M&A and Corporate Development at Upland Software, explains how to grow purely on acquisitions.  You will also learn: - How Upland Software source deals - Standing up an M&A function - What their integration process looks like - How they look at culture - Biggest lessons learned To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
4/11/202242 minutes, 56 seconds
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152. How to Tie Deal Origination to Strategy Development

Scott Hile, Senior Director - Corporate Strategy & Development at Enviva (NYSE: EVA) With so many companies out there, how do you know who to approach as a potential M&A target? Having a solid origination process helps teams save time and money by enabling them to target the right entities.  In this episode of the M&A science podcast, Scott Hile, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy & Development at Enviva, talks about how to tie deal origination to strategy development.  Things you will learn in this episode: - How to funnel a target list - Importance of trust during outreach - Tools that can help source deals - How to do cold outreach - Effective messaging during first interactions with a target company To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
4/4/202248 minutes, 33 seconds
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151. How to Define your M&A Strategy for Increased Deal Success

Sreepathy Viswanathan, Chief Corporate Development Officer, HGS Healthcare  (HGS.NS) An M&A transaction can be an expensive mistake, and you can waste a lot of time and money if you pursue a transaction without a solid M&A strategy.  On the other hand, a solid strategy allows you to pick the right targets and pursue them proactively.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Sreepathy Viswanathan, Chief Corporate Development Officer, HGS Healthcare, who has 25 years of experience in Corp Dev, talks about how to build a great M&A strategy.  Things you will learn in this episode: - The Importance of M&A strategy - How to shape your M&A strategy - The difference between M&A strategy and corporate strategy - The integration’s role in strategy  - How relationships affect M&A deals To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
3/28/202245 minutes, 21 seconds
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150. Automation Roll-ups & Growing Technical Leadership Talent

Daniel Burseth, Vice President at Eckhart, Inc. Roll-ups are one of the fastest ways to grow a business in a fragmented industry. But combining several entities with different cultures can be challenging and may lead to inefficiencies.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Daniel Burseth, Vice President at Eckhart, talks about the opportunities and challenges of rolling up small manufacturing companies.  Things you will learn in this episode: - The great wealth transfer - Challenges in buying a business  - How to grow technical leadership talent - The significant trends of automation - Change management challenge To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
3/21/202240 minutes, 23 seconds
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149. How to Pivot to an M&A Integration Career

John Morada, COO at M&A Science + DealRoom Are you looking to pivot into an M&A integration career? Over the past decade, the importance of integration has become more prevalent. Practitioners have realized that integration is where you make or break value.  However, the role and skills needed for integration leaders remain the same. In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, John Morada, COO at M&A Science, will be sharing how to pivot into an M&A integration career, and the essential skills needed for the role. Things you will learn in this episode: - How to transition to an M&A integration role - Attributes of a good integration leader  - Primary role of an integration leader  - Future of M&A integration  - Importance and function of an IMO  To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
3/14/202243 minutes, 47 seconds
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148. How to Approach M&A Negotiations

Larry Forman, Senior Manager at Deloitte It's no secret that M&A transactions require negotiations. But what most people don't realize is how you approach negotiations can determine the success of the overall transaction and your future relationship with the other party.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Larry Forman, Senior Manager at Deloitte, helps us understand how to approach M&A negotiations to increase deal success.  Things you will learn in this episode: - The three pillars of negotiating - How to negotiate an LOI - Negotiating sensitive information during diligence - How to handle limitations of liability - Things to watch out for in non-compete clauses  To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
3/7/202255 minutes, 10 seconds
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147. How to Modernize a Process-Based Company

Naomi O'Brien, Head of M&A Integration at Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON)   Is your company's M&A process out of date? M&A has dramatically changed over the past few years, and practitioners have realized that there are better ways to go about acquisitions.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Naomi O'Brien, Head of M&A Integration at Honeywell, talks about modernizing a process-based company. - Things you will learn in this episode: - The biggest challenge in a process-based company - How to train people for M&A - Ensuring integration success - Selecting integration leaders - The effect of the great resignation to M&A To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
2/28/202251 minutes, 57 seconds
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146. Standing up a Diligence and Integration Management Office

Kerry Perez, Head of Diligence and Integration Management Office (M&A) at AMN Healthcare Corporate development typically involves their integration team a couple of weeks before closing a deal. And while this is good practice, we are here to take things further. In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Kerry Perez, Head of Diligence and Integration Management Office (M&A) at AMN Healthcare, talks about the benefits of involving integration earlier and how to stand up a diligence and integration management office.  Things you will learn in this episode: -The difference between DIMO and IMO -How they pick the integration lead -What their diligence team looks like -Kerry's role in every deal -How to build a steering committee  To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
2/21/202247 minutes, 7 seconds
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145. How to Acquire for Capabilities

Henry Schuck, CEO & Founder at Zoominfo | Nasdaq Listed: ZI Acquiring capabilities is one of the most effective ways to do M&A. Not only will acquiring capabilities improve your existing offerings but it can also expand your market.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Henry Schuck, co-founder and CEO of Zoominfo, shares his experience on how to acquire capabilities.  Things you will learn in this episode: -What it means to acquire capabilities -Zoominfo’s M&A process from start to finish -His role as CEO during acquisitions -How to effectively drive change management  -Lessons learned on failed acquisitions To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
2/14/202242 minutes, 7 seconds
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144. Creating the Right Governance Structure in an M&A Deal

Tomer Stavitsky, Corporate Development, Partnerships and M&A Lead, Digital & Data Business Unit at Intuitive Surgical. In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Tomer Stavitsky, Corporate Development, M&A Lead at Intuitive Surgical, talks about creating the proper governance structure in M&A deals.  Things you will learn in this episode: -How to solidify your corporate strategy -Creating the right deal team -Keeping your deal team aligned -How to lead an M&A deal from diligence to integration -Setting up your governance structure To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
2/7/202249 minutes, 45 seconds
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143. Successful Acquisitions Through Leadership and Culture

Tim Wentworth, CEO of Evernorth, a Cigna Corporation company (NYSE: CI) In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Tim Wentworth, CEO of Evernorth, (the CEO of Express Scripts at that time of sale), will share his experiences on the deal and how leadership and culture made this transaction successful. What you will learn in this episode: -Keys to successful acquisitions -How to focus on culture and values -The role of the CEO on M&A deals -Why focusing on customers is crucial -Common mistakes that people make regarding culture To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
1/31/202259 minutes, 23 seconds
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142. The Complexities of Sell-Side M&A

Noah Waisberg, Co-Founder & CEO - Zuva; Author of "AI for Lawyers" In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Noah Waisberg, Co-Founder & CEO - Zuva shares his experience and top learnings after he creatively decided to sell his own company, Kira to Litera in 2021. Things you will learn in this episode: -What made Noah sell his company even though he was reluctant at first -How empathy and creativity helped Noah create more value to shareholders -Why they opted out of an auction process -How easy the TSA was for both companies -Noah’s biggest lessons learned from selling his company -Advice for founders looking for an exit To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com
1/24/202238 minutes, 22 seconds
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141. Hiring A Head Of Corporate Development That Fits Your M&A Strategy

Charles Breed, VP Corporate Development at Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CREL)  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Charles Breed, VP of Corporate Development at Corel Corporation, talks about how to hire a corporate development team that fits into your M&A strategy. When you’re building a corporate development function, the first thing you need to do is hire a head of corporate development, but hiring is not as simple as it sounds. The head of corporate development needs to fit into the overall strategy. Things you will learn in this episode: -What to look for in when hiring a head of corporate development -The role of the head of corporate development -Skills required for a corporate development leader To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
1/17/202244 minutes, 49 seconds
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140. How to Create Better People Experience in M&A

Klint Kendrick, Chair of the HR M&A Round Table After over 100 podcast interviews, we have collected more than 40 lessons learned from top practitioners worldwide. In those lessons, we saw a recurring theme: creating a better people experience in M&A is key to a successful transaction.  The biggest value leak after a deal closes is losing key employees and people. In this episode, HR expert Klint Kendrick, Chair of the HR M&A Round Table, is going to share with us best practices on how to retain key employees.  Listen in and learn about: -The biggest shift in the M&A industry -Best practices for successful integration -The importance of empathy  To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
1/10/202248 minutes, 12 seconds
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139. Making M&A GTM Successful

Gwen Pope, Head of Global Product M&A at eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) Creating a go-to-market plan is one of the first things to do during an acquisition. In this interview, Gwen Pope, Head of Global Product M&A at eBay, will be sharing how to make M&A GTM successful.  Listen in and learn about: - The importance of getting your house in order - How to pressure test your deal rationale - Steps to building your GTM plan To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter, go to mascience.com.
1/3/202246 minutes, 54 seconds
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138. M&A Market Trends From a Banker’s Perspective

Kunal Jain, Director at William Blair, Health Care Investment Banking The M&A market is not what it used to be. Markets change all the time, and the M&A industry is no exception. Especially with COVID-19, the M&A market has been crazy the past couple of years. Helping us understand M&A market trends from a banker's perspective is Kunal Jain, Director at William Blair, Health Care Investment Banking.   Listen in and learn about: - The biggest changes in the M&A market - How strategic buyers and PE firms fair in this new environment - How bankers are thriving in this new landscape of M&A To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
12/27/202137 minutes, 58 seconds
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137. Overcoming Change Management with Great Leadership

Harry Kraemer Jr, Professor of Management and Strategy at Kellogg School of Management Change management is the tilting point of every M&A deal. Preserving the value that you just acquired is dependent on how you retain key employees. In this episode of the M&A science podcast, Harry Kraemer, Jr, Professor of Management and Strategy at Kellogg School of Management, talks about how effective leadership helps overcome change management challenges. Listen in and learn about: - how leaders can help retention - the importance of feedback mechanisms - how to create an environment where your people can thrive To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
12/20/202147 minutes, 49 seconds
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136. Why You Should Update Your M&A Management Approach

Jim Buckley, Vice President of M&A at VMware (NYSE: VMW) M&A deals are bound to get complicated. The key to success is keeping it as simple as possible, for as long as possible. In this continuation of last week’s interview, Jim Buckley, Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions Integration at VMware talks about how to update your M&A Management Approach. Listen in and learn all about: - the 5x5 framework that you can use to keep your process simple - what to focus on during change management - how to ensure team alignment To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
12/13/202144 minutes, 48 seconds
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135. How To Succeed in M&A Integration and Measure Success

Jim Buckley, Vice President of M&A at VMware (NYSE: VMW) Integration can be difficult but it’s, without a doubt, the most important part of M&A. In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Kison interviews Jim Buckley, Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions Integration at VMware as he talks about how to create a successful integration plan. Here’s what you’ll learn: - Why working backwards is best in integration planning - What makes a successful integration leader - How to measure success To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com
12/6/202151 minutes, 37 seconds
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134. How to Structure Teams Approaching M&A Diligence

Ken Bond, Head of Corporate Development at Cetera Financial Group Building M&A teams require different considerations based on your growth strategy. In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Kison interviews Ken Bond, Head of Corporate Development at Cetera Financial Group on how he structures teams approaching diligence. Here’s what you’ll learn: - The three functions you need to build your M&A team - How to determine the ideal M&A team size for your strategy - The role of the project manager in the M&A team To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
11/29/202159 minutes, 56 seconds
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133. How To Negotiate And Structure NDAs

Mark Khavkin, CFO of Pantheon Platform NDAs are often overlooked as people tend to fall into the trap of thinking they can be templated. In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Kison interviews Mark Khavkin, CFO of Pantheon Platform about NDAs, how to negotiate them, and their structures. Here’s what you’ll learn: Why NDAs are not routine legal documents The fundamentals of NDAs Negotiating NDAs depending on the type of deal you have To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.  
11/22/202142 minutes, 36 seconds
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132. Buy or Build Considerations

Cameron Weiner, VP of Strategic Development and Head of M&A at Shopko Optical To buy or build, that is the question! In this interview with Cameron Weiner, VP of Strategic Development, Head of M&A at Shopko Optical, he shares how his team determines whether to buy or build a business. Here's what you'll learn:   - How to approach targets - Considerations when buying or building a business - Resources for deal origination   To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
11/15/202143 minutes, 21 seconds
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131. Engineering Deals for Success

Punit Micocha, Executive Vice President, Business and Corporate Development at Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS) M&A deals are never easy and require rigorous planning. In this interview, Punit Micocha, Executive Vice President, Business and Corporate Development at Zscaler, shares how to execute successful deals by planning the end game. Learn about:   - Creating the deal vision pre-LOI - Why planning for integration early is crucial - The 3 elements of negotiating with employees   To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
11/8/202140 minutes, 54 seconds
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130. Making Go to Market Successful

Pragnya Kashinath, M&A Consultant at Deloitte A go-to-market strategy is one of the most important things in an acquisition. In this week's podcast, we're featuring Kison's interview with Pragnya Kashinath. At the time of this interview, she was the Director of M&A, Corporate Strategy at Cognizant. Now, she's an M&A Consultant at Deloitte. Pragnya shares how to create a successful GTM strategy from the very beginning of a transaction and the challenges you need to watch out for. Learn about:   - Pragnya's unique role on the business side versus on the corporate development team - How not to overestimate synergy models - Customizing the customer journey   To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
11/1/202147 minutes, 27 seconds
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129. Managing Sourcing, Diligence, and Integration

Sabeeh Khan, Director, Corporate Strategy & Development at Syniti Aaron Whiting, M&A Integration and Strategic Programs at ContinuumCloud Managing a deal can be complicated, especially on larger deals. You need experienced leaders from both ends of the spectrum. In this interview, we talk about how to manage sourcing, diligence, and integration from a project manager's perspective featuring Sabeeh Khan, Director, Corporate Strategy & Development at Syniti, and Aaron Whiting, M&A Integration and Strategic Programs at ContinuumCloud. Here's what you'll learn:   - Why you should use pipeline management tools other than Excel - The importance of having a go to market strategy before closing the deal - How to gather intelligence aside from industry conferences   This episode is sponsored by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Access the most up-to-date and accurate data on private companies in a single web-based platform so you can get all the resources you need to create a winning pitch.
10/25/202140 minutes, 51 seconds
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128. Staying True to Culture in M&A

Trish Mosconi, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer & Corporate Development at Synchrony (NYSE: SYF) Culture is one of the most controversial and hot topics in the world of M&A. On this episode of M&A Science, Trish Mosconi, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer & Corporate Development at Synchrony discusses how to stay true to culture during a deal. In the interview, she talks about how her team walked away from an almost perfect deal due to cultural differences. You'll hear about:   - When to involve HR - How to approach integration to stay true to the target company - When to walk away from a deal   This episode is sponsored by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Access the most up-to-date and accurate data on private companies in a single web-based platform so you can get all the resources you need to create a winning pitch.
10/18/202142 minutes, 59 seconds
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127. How to Commit to Integration Start to Finish

Karen Ashley, Vice President of Corporate Development Integration at Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) Cisco is one of the largest and most successful acquirers in the world. On this week's episode of the podcast, Kison spoke with Cisco's Vice President of Corporate Development Integration, Karen Ashley. We looked at their deal process and how they commit to integration from start to finish. Here's what you'll learn:   - The importance of strategy meetings - The 3 success metrics - Why their integration team leads operational diligence   This episode is sponsored by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Access the most up-to-date and accurate data on private companies in a single web-based platform so you can get all the resources you need to create a winning pitch.
10/11/202149 minutes, 48 seconds
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126. Transformative M&A

Duncan Painter, CEO of Ascential (LON: ASCL) In this week's episode of the M&A Science podcast, we're learning about transformative M&A. In Kison's recent interview with Duncan Painter, CEO of Ascential, we talk about what a “transformative deal” means to their organization and how they achieve deal success. Here's what you'll learn: - How to build a transformative M&A strategy - How divestitures can transform your business - Why you need to commit to the strategy This episode is sponsored by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Access the most up-to-date and accurate data on private companies in a single web-based platform so you can get all the resources you need to create a winning pitch. 
10/4/202151 minutes, 30 seconds
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125. Executing a Divestiture Without a Bank

Russ Hartz, Vice President of Corporate Development at Ansys (NASDAQ: ANSS) Hiring a bank to facilitate a divestiture is an option, not a necessity. Kison Patel interviewed Russ Hartz, VP Corp Dev at Ansys, to talk about his vast experience of successfully executing divestitures without a bank. Here's what you'll learn:   - The importance of constant business evaluation - How to create a competitive buyers' pool - How to know which buyer is right for the company   To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
9/27/202148 minutes, 47 seconds
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124. Managing Infrequent Acquisitions

Peter Linas, CPO and EVP Corporate Development at Bullhorn If you’re an infrequent buyer, you might be thinking about how to maximize your existing resources. Kison Patel spoke to Peter Linas, CPO & EVP Corporate Development at Bullhorn. Peter talks about managing a corporate development team in an infrequent acquisition environment. Here's what you'll learn: - Staffing Up Internal Vs. External Resources - Key Areas to Hire Advisors - Determining the Integration Lead To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
9/20/202146 minutes, 59 seconds
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123. Evolving Your M&A Function

Christina Amiry, Head of M&A Strategic Operations, Integration at Atlassian (NASDAQ: TEAM) The Covid-19 pandemic has completely transformed how most people work, and M&A is no different. Atlassian is one of the first companies to make acquisitions fully remote. In this interview, Christina Amiry, Head of M&A Strategic Operations, Integration at Atlassian, discusses how to evolve your M&A integration function in the digital era. You will hear about: - How Atlassian made the switch to completely virtual - The acquisition of Chartio - How to have a mindset of change To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
9/13/202149 minutes, 46 seconds
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122. Buy and Build Growth Strategies

Adam Coffey, CEO at CoolSys, Refrigeration and HVAC Systems This week's episode of the M&A Science podcast is about how PE firms can ramp up the growth of their businesses using the buy and build strategy. Kison interviewed Adam Coffey, CEO at CoolSys, Refrigeration and HVAC Systems, and author of The Private Equity Playbook. Here's what you'll learn: - What is a buy and build strategy - When you should consider this strategy - How to build a team to implement this strategy To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
9/7/202148 minutes, 41 seconds
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121. Preserving Value in M&A

Jay Dettling, CEO of Ansira Everyone wants to preserve the value of the target company. This week on the podcast, let's learn from Jay Dettling, CEO of Ansira, about the best way to preserve value in M&A. He also shares his advice for CEOs who are getting acquired for the first time. Hear about: - How to communicate your Ethos to the buyer - Creating value during integration - Integration vs. value creation To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
8/30/202148 minutes, 2 seconds
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120. Assessing Value Realization

Michael DeVita, Success Strategy Lead at Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) Integration is crucial to realizing deal value. In this interview with Michael DeVita, Success Strategy Lead at Salesforce, we talked about integration best practices, the importance of having dedicated resources, and why you should measure integration success. Here's what you'll learn in this episode: - Common challenges in assessing value realization - Dealing with a confidential process - The lack of success metrics in M&A   To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
8/23/202144 minutes, 39 seconds
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119. Making Partnerships in India Successful

Darshan Mehta, President and CEO of Reliance Retail Limited (NSE: RELIANCE) Reliance Retail Limited is one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. Learn how they manage multiple deal structures and form successful partnerships in India directly from their President and CEO, Darshan Mehta. In this episode, you'll hear about: - Deal structures used by Reliance Retail Limited - How to engage with brands - Advice for brands looking to enter the Indian market To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
8/16/202148 minutes, 30 seconds
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118. Executing Divestitures

Rhonda Rein, Director of Corporate Development at Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI) We’ve had discussions about buy-side divestitures, but we rarely talk about it from the seller's perspective. I recently spoke with Rhonda Rein, Director of Corporate Development at Thomson Reuters. She shared her vast experiences in executing divestitures and how to make them work. Here's what you'll learn: - The complexities of divestitures - The steps of a divestiture - How early to start your TSA To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com
8/9/202146 minutes, 20 seconds
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117. How to Build an M&A Team That Can Support Multi-Vertical Strategies

Ailene Holderness, Head of M&A at IAC (NASDAQ: IAC) How do you manage a multi-vertical M&A strategy? IAC (NASDAQ: IAC) is one of the world’s leaders when it comes to building consumer internet companies such as Tinder, Expedia, and Vimeo. Ailene Holderness, IAC's Head of M&A shares their strategy and how they build a team to execute on that. In this episode you'll learn: -How to build a diverse M&A team  -Why you shouldn't just look for current skills in capabilities when hiring a team member -M&A Approach on Portfolio Companies and New Verticals 
8/2/202152 minutes, 41 seconds
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116. Managing M&A on a High Scale

Jeff Bender, CEO at Harris Computer Systems What does it take to manage M&A on a large scale? We're going to find out as Jeff Bender, CEO at Harris, shares what their entire process looks like and how they manage massive volumes of M&A investments in their organization. In this episode you'll learn about: - Platform vs. tuck in transactions - The centralized structure of services at Harris - Business development at a high scale   To join our network of M&A practitioners and sign up for our newsletter go to mascience.com.
7/26/202146 minutes, 7 seconds
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115. Successfully Execute Deals with a Small Team

Jason Lippert, CEO of LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII) Understanding that not everyone can afford to have big M&A teams, I interviewed Jason Lippert, CEO of LCI Industries. He has only one dedicated M&A person, and he will be teaching us how LCI successfully executes deals with a small team. Here's what you'll learn: - How to structure a small team for maximum impact - The deal sourcing process - Advice for first time CEOs doing acquisitions To join our network of M&A practitioners and see bonus content sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.
7/19/202138 minutes, 48 seconds
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114. Managing Internal Dynamics of Your M&A Team

Randy Tinsley, Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development at Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS) Hello M&A friends! Do you know how to manage the internal dynamics of your team? In this interview, Randy Tinsley, Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development at Synopsys, shares how he assembles and manages his internal M&A team. Here's what you'll learn:   - How to set your team up for success - Resolving conflicts and disagreements - Tracking deals post-close   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter, and listen to more episodes, go to mascience.com.
7/12/202147 minutes, 42 seconds
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113. Deal Origination from a PE Investor's Perspective

Jay Jester, Partner at Plexus Capital, LLC Explore the world of private equity and deal sourcing with me and Jay Jester, Partner at Plexus Capital, LLC. Here are some of my key takeaways: - Deal origination for PE vs corporate development - The one deal at a time system - Developing an origination process To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter, and listen to more episodes, go to mascience.com.
7/6/202150 minutes, 2 seconds
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112. How to Negotiate like a Pro

Mladen Kresic, Founder and CEO of K&R Negotiation Associates LLC Do you want to learn how to negotiate like a pro? I recently had a chat with Mladen Kresic, Founder and CEO of K&R Negotiation Associates LLC, and he shared a lot when it comes to negotiating effectively. Here's what you'll learn about: - Breaking Down Value-Based Negotiations -  Macro and Micro Agenda of Negotiations - Tools to Become a Better Negotiator To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.
6/28/202149 minutes, 2 seconds
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111. Conducting M&A without a Dedicated Team

Alexi Venneri, Founder and CEO of Digital Air Strike What's the secret sauce to executing M&A without a dedicated deal team? According to this week's guest, Alexi Venneri, Founder and CEO of Digital Air Strike, it's all about team alignment. Hear her perspective on: -  Deal sourcing without a dedicated team - A CEO's role in confirmatory diligence - The four values to be successful This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.
6/21/202144 minutes, 8 seconds
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110. How SS&C Conducts Acquisitions

Bill Stone, CEO of SS&C Technologies (NASDAQ: SSNC) This week's episode features Bill Stone, CEO of SS&C Technologies. We were lucky enough to hear some of Bill's top tips for conducting acquisitions such as: - Why Bill doesn't believe in paying nine times sales multiples - Being on his team's sales calls to ensure his team his performing their best at all times - In order to preserve value, you must carefully evaluate the talent inside the target company To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.
6/14/202142 minutes, 50 seconds
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109. Hunting Deals in M&A

Dustin Intihar, Director, M&A, and Strategic Alliances at Lubrizol (NYSE: LZ) Finding the right deal is hard, but finding companies that don't want to be found is even harder. Dustin Intihar, Director, M&A, and Strategic Alliances at Lubrizol, joined Kison for an interview and shared his tips and experiences in hunting deals in M&A. Here are some things you'll hear about: - Seeking the right person - What the first conversation looks like - Tools to use for building a pipeline To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.
6/7/202137 minutes, 47 seconds
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108. How to Prepare a Business for Private Equity Acquisition

Philip Soar, Executive Chairman and CEO of CloserStill Group PLC Are you familiar with the trade show industry? It’s very under-appreciated but is gaining a lot of traction now with PE firms. Learn how to prepare your company for a Private Equity acquisition with Philip Soar, Executive Chairman and CEO of CloserStill Group PLC. In this episode you'll hear about: - The history of trade shows - Why private equity firms are interested in this industry - What to look for in a PE partnership   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.
6/1/202149 minutes, 13 seconds
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107. A CEO's Journey From a Private to Public Company

Darren Lampert, CEO at GrowGeneration Corporation (NASDAQ: GRWG) Ever wondered what it's like to go from a private company to a public company? Darren Lampert, CEO at GrowGeneration Corp, has lived through this transition and has shared his experience in our interview. Here are some highlights from the interview: - Life as a CEO - Why go public in the first place? - Acquiring versus building To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.
5/24/202145 minutes, 40 seconds
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106. Why International Deals Fail

Martin Richenhagen, former CEO of AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO) Have you ever wondered why international deals fail so often? Hear from AGCO Corporation's former CEO, Martin Richenhagen, about how leaders can prevent these types of deals from failing. In this episode you'll hear: - Stories of international deals Martin's worked on - The keys to a successful international deal - The importance of brand awareness
5/17/202153 minutes, 50 seconds
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105. Developing Leadership in M&A

Scott Hile, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy & Development at Enviva (NYSE: EVA) Ever wondered what key qualities leadership should have to execute M&A? On this episode, Kison speaks with Scott Hile, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy & Development at Enviva, about specific traits leaders of M&A teams should develop. Learn about: - Developing trust and empathy - The importance of communication - How to influence leaders to start integration early To learn more about M&A Science and join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.
5/10/20211 hour, 34 seconds
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104. The Role of a Board Member in M&A

Allen Gilmer, Founder, Advisor, and former CEO/Chairman of Enverus (formerly Drillinginfo) On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interview Allen Gilmer, Founder, Advisor, and former CEO/Chairman of Enverus (formerly Drillinginfo) and CoFounder of Vecta Oil & Gas, Ltd., about the role of a board member in M&A. Learn how M&A evolves from founder led acquisitions to overseeing deals as a board member. In this podcast, you will hear about: - What led to Allen's decision to step back as CEO - How Allen chose his successor - What kind of deals Allen looks for as a board member   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.   Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
5/3/202146 minutes, 9 seconds
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103. Managing M&A Communication Workstream

Jeff Hennig, Sr. Director, Corporate Development at Xilinx (NASDAQ: XLNX) On this week's episode of M&A Science, Kison speaks with Jeff Hennig, Sr. Director, Corporate Development at Xilinx, and talked about how to manage communication workstreams in M&A. Here are some key takeaways: - Importance Of a Dedicated Person for Communication - Considering Wall Street on Communication Plans - Considering Target Company on Communication Plans - What Happens Between Announcement and Close This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.   Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
4/26/202142 minutes, 31 seconds
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102. Executing M&A From a Legal Perspective

Brett Shawn, Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Warburg Pincus (NYSE: WPCA) On this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Kison interviews Brett Shawn, Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Warburg Pincus. They discussed how to execute M&A deals from a legal perspective. In this episode you'll learn: - The Biggest Surprise in Today’s Market - Thinking Outside the Box for Contractual Risk - Common Mistakes Non-Lawyers Make - PE firms vs SPAC This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more. To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com. Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
4/19/202144 minutes, 39 seconds
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101. How to Cultivate Relationships with Deal Targets

Michael Frankel, SVP and managing director at Deloitte Bruce Bowden, CFO at Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ: EPAY) This is a previous interview that Kison had with Michael Frankel, SVP and managing director at Deloitte, and Bruce Bowden, CFO at Bottomline Technologies about cultivating relationships with deal targets. In this episode, you'll learn: How you can foster relationships with the right targets CEO to CEO relationship The 3 biggest mistakes when cultivating a relationship with a seller
4/16/202144 minutes, 11 seconds
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100. The Legal Team's Role in M&A

Andrew Gratz, Associate General Counsel at LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews Andrew Gratz, Associate General Counsel at LyondellBasell, about how a company's legal team should be involved in mergers and acquisitions. In this podcast, you will learn: - When to involve your legal team in M&A - The legal team's expectations from the corporate development team - How legal teams can be helpful during diligence   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more. To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com. Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.  
4/12/202145 minutes, 44 seconds
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99. Working with the Business Leader to Build an M&A Strategy

Michael Frankel, Senior Vice President Managing Director at Deloitte New Venture Accelerator Justin Goldman, Senior Vice President, Strategic Finance and Corporate Development at MediaMath On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews Michael Frankel, Senior Vice President Managing Director at Deloitte New Venture Accelerator, and Justin Goldman, Senior Vice President, Strategic Finance and Corporate Development at MediaMath, to discuss how business leaders can build an M&A strategy. In this podcast you will learn: - The biggest challenges of working with a business leader - How to keep business leaders motivated - Why M&A needs to transform
4/5/202146 minutes, 37 seconds
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98. Joint Ventures at Scale

Clayton Stanley, Vice President, Head of Corporate Development at Amerivet Partners Management On this episode of M&A Science, Kison Patel interviews Clayton Stanley, Vice President, Head of Corporate Development at Amerivet Partners Management, to discuss the interesting model he uses regarding joint venture and how the company can scale the model. Here's what you will learn: - Joint venture consolidation strategies - How to create a JV model at scale - Challenges you may face when building a JV model   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more. To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com. Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
3/29/202139 minutes, 41 seconds
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97. Career Paths in M&A

Matt Arsenault, Vice President of Corporate Development at Jamf (NASDAQ: JAMF) On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews Matt Arsenault, Vice President of Corporate Development at Jamf, about navigating the many career paths of M&A. In this podcast, you will learn: - What roles can get you closer to a corporate development job - The importance of global M&A experience - How to network and utilize LinkedIn to move your career forward   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more. To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com. Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
3/22/202147 minutes, 34 seconds
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96. Evolving to Agile M&A at Scale

Kimberly Baird, Corporate Development Integration Lead at Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) Ashley Rice, Sr. Consultant HR M&A at Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) On this episode of M&A Science, we're featuring a session from our Holiday 2020 Summit. Kimberly Baird, Corporate Development Integration Lead at Cisco, and Ashley Rice, Sr. Consultant HR M&A at Cisco, discuss how to evolve Agile M&A at scale. In this podcast, you will learn: - How Cisco's M&A process is changing  - What prompted the change - How to start an Agile approach This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more. To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com. Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
3/15/202145 minutes, 57 seconds
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95. Transforming M&A to Improve Integration

Javid Moosaji, M&A Sales Integration Strategy at Paypal (NASDAQ: PYPL) On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews Javid Moosaji, M&A Sales Integration Strategy at Paypal, about how to transform your M&A process to improve integration. In this podcast, you will learn: - How to identify bad processes in your organization - Why the integration lead should validate the investment thesis  - How to uncover hidden talent through relationships   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more. To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com. Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
3/8/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 40 seconds
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94. Conversations From the Frontlines

On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews Emma Barton, Director, Alliance and Integration Management at AstraZeneca, about the spectrum of deals that corporate development manages, approaching partnerships and alliances, and how those relationships may progress into future transactions. In this podcast you will learn: - How to measure the success of a global alliance - The process of sourcing alliances - How to establish governance in alliances - How to manage disputes within an alliance This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more. To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com. Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
3/1/202142 minutes, 46 seconds
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93. Agile Value Capture from Initial Deal Prospecting to Integration

Carlos Cesta, Vice President of Corp Dev at Presidio On this episode of M&A Science, we're featuring a session from our December 2020 holiday summit. In this session, Carlos Cesta, Vice President of Corp Dev at Presidio discussed the best practices to capture value from initial deal prospecting to integration. You will learn: - How to price a deal with integration in mind - How to test your synergies during diligence - Why involving the deal sponsor is crucial This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more. To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com. Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
2/22/202141 minutes, 10 seconds
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92. Corporate Venture Capital

John Orbe, Associate General Counsel of M&A at Emerson (NYSE: EMR) On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews John Orbe, Associate General Counsel of M&A at Emerson. They discuss corporate venture capital and how it differs from traditional venture capital. In this podcast you will learn about: - The deal structure of corporate VC - How to assemble your corporate VC team - The negotiation stage of corporate VC and how to excel at it   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more. To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com. Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
2/15/202143 minutes, 36 seconds
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91. Why Big Companies Destroy Small Ones in M&A

Carlos Cesta, Vice President of Corporate Development at Presidio Jeff Desroches, Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at VAT Group (OTCMKTS: VACNY) This episode of M&A Science features Carlos Cesta, Vice President of Corporate Development at Presidio, and Jeff Desroches, Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at VAT Group. Carlos, Jeff. and Kison discuss why big companies often destroy small ones during M&A. In this podcast, you will learn: - Common reasons small companies get destroyed - How small companies can protect themselves - How to plan for integration early on in the deal process This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more. To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com. Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
2/8/202137 minutes, 41 seconds
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90. Creating Successful Deal Outcomes Using Innovation

Chris Von Bogdandy, Practice Director at Slalom. On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews Chris von Bogdandy, Practice Director at Slalom, about how to create successful deal outcomes using innovation. In this podcast you will learn: - Why the decision making process is crucial to integration success - How to build an Agile governance - Why you should have a pre-mortem for every deal   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.   Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
2/1/202143 minutes, 55 seconds
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89. Managing a Multi-Vertical M&A Strategy

Jerry Will, Vice President of Corporate Development at 3M (NYSE:MMM) On this episode of M&A Science, Kison has an insightful with Jerry Will, Vice President of Corporate Development at 3M, about how to manage a multi-vertical M&A strategy and what 3M's strategy looks like. In this podcast you will learn: - How leaders at 3M assess deals - How 3M manages deals during COVID - An in-depth guide to read team process   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more. To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com. Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
1/25/202152 minutes, 28 seconds
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88. Identifying Risks in Software M&A

On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews Elena Sidelnikova, a corporate development executive with 15 years of experience in M&A Finance. Together they discuss how to identify risks in software M&A. In this podcast you will learn about: - Technical due diligence - Risks in hiring foreign talent - Things to look out for in customer contracts   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.   Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
12/28/202042 minutes, 18 seconds
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87. Evolving Your Corporate Development Function

On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interview Mike Palumbo, Director of Corporate Development at Halo Branded Solutions. In this discussion, they talk about evolving your corporate development function. In this podcast you will learn: - How to add value to your business - The tools needed for success - The importance of internal communication   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.   Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
12/21/202049 minutes, 3 seconds
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86. Why is M&A Integration So Hard?

On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews Galina Wolinetz, Managing Director at Virtas Partners M&A Integration, and James Payne, Principal Consultant at Merger Integration Consulting, LLC, about why integration in M&A is so difficult. In this podcast, you will learn: - How to ensure success for integration - Various risks to look out for when preparing for integration - Why leadership can make or break the success of integration   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more. To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com. Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
12/11/202056 minutes, 59 seconds
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85. How to Evolve Your M&A Workflow Using Agile Principles

On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews Gina Sandon, Director of Corporate Development, M&A, Synergy, and Integration at IBM, about how to evolve your M&A workflows using key Agile principles. In this episode, you will learn: - The evolution of IBM's integration process - What the Agile Acceleration Model is and how to implement it - How to drive change to the people   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.   Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
12/7/202045 minutes, 24 seconds
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84. Virtual Summit Recap: Why Everything You've Been Told About Integration is Wrong

On this episode of M&A Science, we're re-visiting a session from our M&A Science Virtual Summit held in June. In this session, the topic discusses why everything you’ve been told about integration is wrong. Moderated by Zoe Bogan, Corporate Development executive at KPMG, with guest speakers David Boyd and Ben De Haldevang, founders of Agile Gorilla. In this session you will learn: - How to create the right environment for integration - How to be an empathetic leader - How to look at integration with an outcome-based perspective   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.   Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
12/4/202046 minutes, 1 second
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83. Virtual Summit Recap: Tone at the Top - Intersection of Leadership and Culture in M&A

This is a rewind from the virtual summit that was held last June. In this session, the topic of discussion is about the intersection of leadership and culture in M&A, hosted by Dr. Klint Kendrick, Director of Strategic Workforce Initiatives at SC Johnson. Our guest panelists are: Sallie Cunningham, HR Executive and Integration Leader at Cytiva Dr. Keith Dunbar, Managing Partner at JKD Talent Solutions  Keith Crosby, Global Leader for M&A Leadership and Change at IBM The group discusses the importance of culture and leadership, when to start leadership assessment, and the pros and cons of culture and leadership diligence. In this episode you will learn: - How to give people reason to come to work besides money - How to identify the right people to retain - The importance of middle managers   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.   Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
11/27/202048 minutes, 6 seconds
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82. Virtual Summit Recap: Post Merger Innovation - Don't Just Integrate, Innovate

This M&A Science episode is a rewind from the virtual summit held last June. In this interview, Kison discusses post merger innovation. Joining him to talk about this topic is Toby Tester, Senior Consultant and Project Manager at BTD. In this episode you will learn about: - M&A as a means of transforming your business - The Holy Trinity of M&A success - How to make your M&A process more innovative This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.   Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
11/20/202045 minutes, 15 seconds
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81. Building a Partnership Between the Investment Sponsor and Operating Sponsor

In this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews Sean Alford, SVP, Corporate Development at J2 Global, about how to build a partnership between the investment sponsor and the operating sponsor. You will learn: - The evolution of the relationship between the investment sponsor and the operating sponsor - The steps of building a corporate development program - How to avoid leaking value in M&A
11/16/202041 minutes, 20 seconds
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80. Virtual Summit Recap: Making Integration Successful from Both Sides of the Deal

On this episode of M&A Science, we're recapping a session from our virtual summit in June. Guest panelist Christina Amiry, Head of M&A Strategic Operations, Integration at Atlassian, and Steve Elliott, Head of Jira Align at Atlassian talk about how to make integration successful from both sides of the deal. In this podcast episode you'll learn: - How to drive a collaborative environment - How Atlassian makes integration a smooth process - Why Agile is perfect for integration   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.   Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
11/13/202047 minutes, 4 seconds
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79. How Proactive Integration Engagement Can Differentiate Value in Deals

On this episode of M&A Science, Kison speaks with Johanna Tseng, M&A Integration Leader at Coinbase. She's an M&A expert with a demonstrated history of leading acquisitions through integration and high growth environments. In this discussion, they talk about how proactive integration engagement can differentiate value and deals.  In this episode you will learn: How to position yourself to optimize integration planning Steps in developing an M&A integration program Benefits of building integration process pre diligence     This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.   Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
11/9/202045 minutes, 41 seconds
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78. Virtual Summit Recap: Lessons Learned From Large Scale Divestitures

On this episode of M&A Science, we're recapping one of the sessions from our M&A Science Virtual Summit. We had four guest speakers who talked about lessons learned from large scale divestitures: Galina Wolinetz - Managing Director at Virtas Partners M&A Integration, Separations Joshua Beggs - Field CTO at Dell Technologies Jillian Kaebel-Sisk, Global HR M&A Mgr in Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Caterpillar Inc. Nitin Kumar - CEO of Appnomic Together they discuss key components of large scale divestitures both from HR's perspective as well as from the tech department's perspective. In this podcast you will learn: How communication affects the outcome of large scale divestitures About transition service agreements and how to set boundaries with them How to spot red flags during a divestiture To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.
11/6/202050 minutes, 10 seconds
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77. Virtual Summit Recap: Keeping Teams Aligned During M&A Integration

For this episode of M&A Science, we're taking it back to our virtual summit we held in June. This conversation focuses on how to keep teams aligned during M&A integration. Featured speakers include Kash Ahuja, Senior Program Manager, M&A Integration at Google, James Harris, Principal Corporate Development Integration at Google, and Gwen Pope, Go-to-Market, M&A at Google. In this podcast episode you'll learn: The balance between legacy and new products How to handle an overeager sales team When to communicate internal issues This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.   Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.  
10/23/202053 minutes, 14 seconds
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76. How to Build an M&A Center of Excellence from Scratch

On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews Philip Pratt, Director, Acquisition Integration at Corning Incorporated, about building an M&A center of excellence from scratch. Philip has been at Corning for over eleven years, working in every aspect of M&A from being Director of M&A integration and even as Director of Acquisition Integration of Corning Glass Technologies in Japan. In this episode, you will learn: The benefits of creating an M&A center of excellence The steps of building that center of excellence The biggest challenges you will face when creating a center of excellence   This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.   To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com.   Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
10/16/202052 minutes, 59 seconds
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75. How to Build and Align a Corporate Development Team with Multiple Mandates

On this episode of M&A Science, Kison talks with Jeremy Segal, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Progress, about building and aligning a corporate development team with multiple mandates. Jeremy’s a Corporate development executive with 20+ years of experience in the technology industry focused on M&A, Strategic Planning, Joint Ventures, Divestitures, International Expansion, and Strategic Partnerships. He has led all aspects of 35+ acquisitions, divestitures, and strategic investments with aggregate value exceeding $8B.  In this podcast you will learn: The ideal method of getting a prospect on board How to find the right people that can do all the various growth deal types How Jeremy manages the wide breadth of responsibilities he has This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more. To join our network of M&A practitioners, sign up for our newsletter at mascience.com. Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.
10/12/202041 minutes, 1 second
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74. Aligning People in M&A for a Better Outcome

On this episode, Kison speaks with Carlos Cesta, Vice President of Corporate Development at Presidio, about aligning leadership for greater deal success. Together they discuss leveraging employees to ensure deal success, when to start thinking about integration, and developing a joint integration plan. Carlos is an investment banking and private equity-trained executive with over 15 years of experience executing and leading strategic initiatives. His expertise is in mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, direct investments, alliances, and partnerships. This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Learn more about DealRoom at dealroom.net.
10/9/202048 minutes, 6 seconds
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73. Structuring Talent Focused Acquisitions

On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews Christina Ungaro, Head of Corporate Development at JLL, about how to structure a talent focused acquisition. Christina breaks down what a talent focused acquisition truly is, how to make that kind of acquisition successful, and all the necessary components your team needs to consider when executing this specific transaction. This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Learn more about M&A Science and join a network of leading practitioners sharing lessons learned over the years at mascience.com.
10/5/202038 minutes, 14 seconds
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72. Virtual Summit Recap: The Future of M&A

Ever wondered what is the future of M&A? This is one of the topics we tackled in the M&A Virtual Summit that we had. In this session, Dr. Karl Michael Popp, Senior Director of Corporate Development at SAP, and CEO of DealRoom, Kison Patel had an amazing interview.  This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software designed for collaboration and responsiveness. Learn more about M&A Science and join a network of leading practitioners sharing lessons learned over the years at mascience.com.  
9/28/202030 minutes, 53 seconds
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71. Virtual Summit Recap: Dimensions to Cultural Integration

This amazing interview is from the past virtual summit we held in June. It talks about one of the hardest things in M&A practice- Cultural Integration. Discussing this topic is Jonathan Shiery, Director at Guidehouse, and Valeria Strappa, Director and Healthcare Integration Leader at JP Morgan, Chase.  This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software designed for collaboration and responsiveness. Learn more about M&A Science and join a network of leading practitioners sharing lessons learned over the years at mascience.com.  
9/25/202045 minutes, 7 seconds
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70. Working With Private Sellers

Had a great interview last week with Isaac Lund, VP Corporate Development and M&A at National Express LLC. The topic is all about learning how to work with a private seller to get the best outcome. We cover topics such as whether to work with a private seller or an advisor, what happens to the leadership of the seller, and finding good deal representation. This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software designed for collaboration and responsiveness. Learn more about M&A Science here and join a network of leading practitioners sharing lessons learned over the years.
9/21/202050 minutes, 51 seconds
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69. The HR Practitioner’s Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions Due Diligence

This week’s featured interview is all about an HR practitioner’s guide to M&A due diligence, with Klint Kendrick, Chair of HR, M&A roundtable. Klint was a former director of M&A, HR at Oracle, and HR M&A leader at Boeing. He discusses topics such as bringing HR in early, the definition of due diligence, deal killers, and how to weigh risks. 
9/14/202056 minutes, 1 second
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68. Virtual Summit Recap: Positive Employee Experience is Key to Successful M&A

This is an interview that we had during our M&A virtual summit. Hosted by Jill Harrison, VP of Silverline venture, this interview is all about positive employee experience and how it impacts the success of M&A deals. Joining this discussion are our 3 speakers Cole Breidenbach- Head of M&A Integration at Okta, Josh Olson- Head of solution sales at the Americas at VMware, Amy Gannaway- Vice President, Global Compensation, Benefits and HRIS at VMware.
9/11/202058 minutes, 51 seconds
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67. Virtual Summit Recap: Leading M&A with Integration

This interview is a rewind from our M&A virtual summit, which was held in June. The topic of discussion is leading M&A with integration, featuring our guest speakers Carlos Cesta, Corporate Development/M&A at Presidio and Javid Moosaji, global head of partner channels, platform solutions and transformation at Travelex, hosted by Stacy Hendricks, senior director at Alvarez and Marsal.
9/4/202051 minutes, 30 seconds
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66. Winding a Business Down

Had a great interview last week with Ajit Sane, Director IT M&A at Agilent Technologies. Ajit is an M&A professional with multiple years of experience in leading acquisitions, integrations and divestitures. Our topic of discussion is how to wind a business down with minimal customer and people disruption. Some topics we covered include the planning behind a wind down, challenges you can expect, and protecting your assets. Ajit reminds the audience your company's biggest assets are your employees and your customers, so it's important to prioritize them.
8/31/202049 minutes, 32 seconds
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65. Virtual Summit Recap: How to Modernize IMO

In this episode, we're sharing an interview we had in our M&A virtual conference that talks about how to modernize IMO, and building a synergy plan that actually delivers. This interview was hosted by Jonathan Shiery, Director at Guidehouse, with the guest panel Bill Clarkin, Head, M&A at BMO Financial Group. They discuss the seven principles you should follow in order to modernize IMO including flexibility, the importance of documentation, and setting a hard deadline. Learn from their extensive and impressive backgrounds and hear about experiences they've learned from that you can avoid.
8/27/202051 minutes, 58 seconds
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64. How To Plan a Divestiture From an Accounting Perspective

Last week was a great interview with Neil McNamara, Co-founder of Virtas Partners, which is an advisory firm specializing in preparing companies financially and operationally for M&A. The topic of discussion is how to plan divestiture from an accounting perspective. First thing that you should do is set up your deal perimeter. Clearly define what you're selling so that you can create the structure of the financial data needed to get the deal done. The complexity of the financial data varies depending on what type of exit you are doing.  Carve outs can be very difficult because most of the time, you are selling something that has never been looked at as a standalone entity. Therefore, you will have to build a standalone financial statement without any financial historical information. 
8/24/20201 hour, 43 seconds
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63. Virtual Summit Recap: Aligning Strategy with Your M&A Process

In case you didn’t know, in the middle of this pandemic, we were able to pull off a successful M&A Virtual Conference. One of the sessions that we had was hosted by Ben Sutton, senior manager of corporate development at NCR corporation. This session was all about  Aligning Strategy with Your M&A Process, featuring our two guest speakers: Scott Kaeser, executive VP of corporate development, US security services at GardaWorld and Sean Corcoran, VP of corporate development and M&A at Neustar, inc. It is absolutely critical that everyone understands the rationale behind the deal. In order for everyone to fully understand the strategy, you have to simplify things and let them know what you are trying to achieve. Especially on a very large team and the integration process takes years to finish, knowing the true north of that deal will keep teams aligned. 
8/21/202053 minutes, 43 seconds
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62. Making Joint Ventures Successful

Last week’s interview was with Ivan Golubic, former VP Corporate Development at Goodyear. Prior to Goodyear, Ivan spent 10 years with Whirlpool, Deloitte and Ford in various finance and M&A roles. Our topic of discussion is how to make joint ventures more successful. To make joint ventures more successful, first you need to define what success means to you. Each party has their own rationale so you need to find your objectives. Hire a third party consultant to create a strict governance structure. And create an exit strategy so if things don't work out, both parties know what to do and preserves their relationship.
8/17/202048 minutes, 38 seconds
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61. Summit Recap: Bridging the Gap Between Corporate Development and Integration

On this recap from the M&A Science Virtual Summit, Kison moderates a panel featuring Devorah Bertucci, Director of Corporate Development at Microsoft, and Kim Jones, Senior HR M&A Manager at Microsoft. They discuss the topic of how to bridge the gap between corporate development and integration functions. Making an acquisition successful and creating value for both sides isn’t easy. There needs to be a partnership with corporate development and integration that drives negotiations to structure a deal for success. Topics covered in this panel include identifying early signs of a bad fit, balancing different company cultures, and how a role in corporate development impacts views on culture.
8/14/202055 minutes, 11 seconds
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60. Summit Recap: Avoiding Valuation Surprises and Accounting for M&A Transactions

This is a session from our M&A Virtual Conference which was held on June 10 and 11. The topic of discussion is avoiding valuation surprises and accounting for M&A transactions, hosted by PJ Patel, co-CEO and Senior Managing Director at Valuation Research Corporation. Our guest for this interview is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and M&A at Church and Dwight, Brian Buchert. Together, Brian and PJ discuss how to not overpay in deals, explain why valuing a company 10 years from now is a joke, and explain the effects of a long term recession. Learn tips on how to avoid common valuation mistakes, what the aftermath of COVID-19 may look like, and how valuation requires their own proprietary metric.
8/12/202052 minutes, 1 second
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59. How Successful Diligence and Integration Planning Frames Successful M&A and Valuation

Last week’s interview was with Erik Levy, Group Head Corp Dev and M&A at DMGT PLC. Erik has completed over 150  acquisitions, minority and venture investments and strategic partnerships. The topic of discussion is how successful Diligence and Integration planning frames success of M&A and valuation. Kison and Erik cover topics such as different approaches to valuation, causes of failures, and the keys to success. 
8/10/202055 minutes, 18 seconds
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58. Virtual Summit Recap: Virtualizing the People Experience During Integration

In this recorded session from our M&A Science Virtual Summit, Laura Lane, Chief of Staff at VMware, Kimberly Baird,  Corporate Development Integration Leader at Cisco, and Dawn White, Manager of M&A Integration at Corning discuss how to virtualize the people experience during integration. They cover topics such as maintaining enthusiasm, boosting morale, and what tech tools they use during this unprecedented time. 
8/7/202052 minutes, 43 seconds
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57. Diligence in M&A

On this episode, Kison interviews Jeff Desroches, VP of Corporate Development at Atlas Copco, about how to identify issues during diligence in M&A. Jeff is a high-impact Corporate Development executive adept at identifying, developing and executing strategic growth opportunities. He’s a resourceful problem solver with proven ability to manage large, cross-functional teams to drive complex commercial and technical programs with extensive experience in international dealmaking. Together, Jeff and Kison discuss approaches to take for deal negotiations, how to present an offer and prepare yourself for any responses you may get, and what the main priorities of diligence are. They also cover topics such as issues that commonly appear during diligence, how to deal with those issues, and Jeff's opinion on culture.
8/5/202032 minutes, 18 seconds
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56. Navigating International Deals

In this interview, Kison discusses the topic of international transactions with Jeff Baker, EVP Mergers and Acquisitions at InComm. Jeff has extensive international experience and will be offering his advice on how to be sensitive towards other cultures and how to work with outside governments when completing a deal.  
8/3/202044 minutes, 11 seconds
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55. What is Rebadging and How it Works

Kison sits down with Sachin Kumar, Senior Director - M&A and Regional Lead for HR North America at Conduent, to discuss the topic of the not so famous process of Rebadging. Together they break down the process step by step and explain the use case. Some tips: Don’t forget to get the HR team involved quickly.  Without having an HR plan, focused job descriptions, and performance standards, rebadging can quickly turn into a big headache. Also, problems arise if Corp Dev was not informed because the business team doesn’t know how to manage an asset deal. So try your best to keep Corp Dev in the loop especially when the deal is scaling. 
7/31/202053 minutes, 56 seconds
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54. Assimilating Unique Cultures in M&A

On this episode, Kison speaks with Kim Jones, Senior HR M&A Manager at Microsoft. She conducts due diligence research and completes all HR-related integration activities as part of Microsoft's M&A programs.  Together they discuss what company culture is, at what of the deal to consider it, and how to assess the company culture. Hear Kim’s advice on identifying the early signs of a bad fit, how to minimize fear, and how to accommodate the target company’s culture. She also gives insight as to what affects culture that you may not expect, the challenges that arise when assimilating different cultures, and what some non-negotiables are.
7/29/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 39 seconds
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53. Preserving a Company's Value During Integration

In this episode, Kison interviews Dev Sirur, Director of M&A Integrations at Intel.nHe has spent over 23 years at Intel and worked on 40+ transactions over a 10 year period. Dev is a proven executive experienced in helping business leaders and executive management on M&A strategy and synergy drivers. Together they discuss preserving a company’s value during integration and give advice on how not to annihilate the value creation during M&A. Learn how to retain value through M&A, how to adjust the integration process to fit your company's specific needs, and how to drive an efficient yet thorough due diligence process. 
7/27/202054 minutes, 52 seconds
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52. COVID-19's Impact on M&A

In this episode, Kison discusses the impact COVID-19 is having on M&A with Toby Tester, a Senior Consultant and Project Manager at BTD, Kevin Robbins a General Partner at Blue Delta Capital Partners and Co-Founder of Wolf Den Associates, and Fred Thiel, Chairman and Chief Advisor of Thiel Advisors, Inc.  For this discussion, Kison wanted to bring in industry professionals to talk about market shifts, the impact this pandemic is having on closing deals, and if we’re seeing any new deals arising because of COVID-19 we wouldn’t be seeing otherwise.
7/24/202053 minutes, 31 seconds
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51. Developing International Joint Ventures

On this episode, Kison and Ritch Schaafsma, VP of Corporate Development, Global Mergers and Acquisitions at General Motors, discuss the ins and outs of international joint ventures. Ritch is an accomplished and internationally seasoned Senior Corporate Development Executive, with over 15+ years of experience offering execution, valuation, strategy and restructuring expertise for driving multi-billion dollar growth transactions to C-level executives and Boards of Directors of Industry-leading manufacturers to meet their strategic objectives. In this podcast you will hear about Ritch’s transition to working overseas, cultural challenges, and his favorite global transaction. Additionally, they discuss how to navigate national governments, what prompts an international joint venture, and what exactly the international joint venture process looks like. Please note the views expressed in this podcast do not reflect those of General Motors.
7/15/202053 minutes, 18 seconds
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50. Building an Effective Internal Communication Plan for M&A

On this episode Kison speaks with Briana Elkington, Program Manager at VSP Global. Previously she was a Lead Project Manager at Oracle where she assembled a project management office responsible for the successful integration of acquired assets. She's led integration efforts for roughly 10 acquisitions throughout her career.  Together they discuss how to build an effective internal communication plan for M&A. Briana goes in depth on how to create a communication plan, how to effectively distribute that communication plan, and how to approach an onboarding supplier. You'll learn how to deal with heavy resistance and what challenges you can expect to face during the process.
7/1/202045 minutes, 36 seconds
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49. Building a Corporate Development Function From Scratch

On this episode, Kison Patel speaks with Russ Hartz, VP of Corporate Development at ANSYS, Inc. / former VP of Corporate Development at SAP. He’s an experienced Corporate Development professional with specific expertise in M&A and investments and post-merger integration. His role at ANSYS involves M&A strategy and deal sourcing, as well as managing transaction execution. Together, Kison and Russ discuss best practices he’s learned at SAP, how he was able to bring those best practices over to ANSYS, guiding principles he focuses on during a transaction, and how to begin building an integration process at a company that doesn’t have one. Russ also discusses how deal strategy affects company alignment and how he measures the success of a post-merger integration.
6/17/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 43 seconds
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48. Building a Corporate Development Function From Scratch

On this episode, Kison Patel speaks with Russ Hartz, VP of Corporate Development at ANSYS, Inc. / former VP of Corporate Development at SAP. He’s an experienced Corporate Development professional with specific expertise in M&A and investments and post-merger integration. His role at ANSYS involves M&A strategy and deal sourcing, as well as managing transaction execution. Together, Kison and Russ discuss best practices he’s learned at SAP, how he was able to bring those best practices over to ANSYS, guiding principles he focuses on during a transaction, and how to begin building an integration process at a company that doesn’t have one. Russ also discusses how deal strategy affects company alignment and how he measures the success of a post-merger integration.
6/17/20200
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47. Sneak-Peek: Making Integration Successful from Both Sides of the Deal

Kison Patel gives a sneak-peek into a panel discussion of the highly anticipated M&A Science Virtual Summit, featuring over 40 industry-leading practitioners. This panel discussion features Christina Amiry, Head of M&A Strategic Operations and Integrations at Atlassian and Steve Elliott, Head of Jira Align at Atlassian. Together they discuss the ways in which Atlassian ensured the acquisition of Jira Align was successful from both sides of the deal.
6/4/202022 minutes, 6 seconds
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46. The Virtualization of M&A

On this episode, Kison speaks with Kimberly Baird, Corporate Development Integration Lead at Cisco. She’s responsible for driving the successful integration of acquired organizations into Cisco by implementing best practice methodology rooted in M&A-specific project and change management developed over 200+ acquisitions. Today she shares tips on how to adjust your M&A practice to a virtual process.
5/27/202049 minutes, 29 seconds
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45. How to Best Protect a Business Case in an Acquisition

On this episode, Kison speaks with Ben Sutton, a senior manager of corporate development at NCR Corporation, about executing transactions and what a senior manager’s role looks like. Together they discuss how to measure the success of a transaction, the difference between revenue synergy and cost synergy, and how you can predict what a leader wants out of a transaction. Ben breaks down legal terms he’s come to be familiar with and discusses potential learning curves to expect when entering a senior manager role. From predicting outcome wants incorrectly, transaction metrics, and experiencing post-close surprises, Ben covers every aspect of a senior manager corporate development role. 
5/13/202055 minutes, 29 seconds
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44. How to Plan a Divestiture from HR’s Perspective

On this episode, Kison speaks with Sallie Cunningham about how to plan a divestiture from HR’s perspective. Together they discuss the process of moving employees, how to approach ringfencing, and what Transition Service Agreements (TSAs) are. Sallie also explains what the key materials HR must have when it comes to preparing for due diligence during a divestiture and which transition records are required for HR to gather.
4/29/202057 minutes, 28 seconds
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43. Bringing M&A and Business Agility Together

On this episode, Toby Tester interviews Kison Patel about his newly published book, Agile M&A,  and how Agile can transform the traditional M&A deal process. They discuss topics such as how companies can apply Agile techniques to the antiquated M&A process and take a deep dive into how Agile is a unique project framework that increases efficiency and closes deals faster. The two also address the importance of accountability and leadership.   Through this interview, Kison gives a step by step guide on how to implement this innovative framework and breaks down Agile to its fundamental pillars. Learn how to adopt the responsive mindset Agile requires and hear Kison’s opinion on the future of M&A. You can purchase Kison’s book on Amazon or at agilema.com.
4/15/202043 minutes, 36 seconds
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42. Building a Communications Plan from Scratch

On this episode, Kison Patel speaks with Stephanie Carty. Stephanie is a corporate communications professional with more than 15 years of experience at GE, KPMG and other companies. Her expertise is in executive communications and ensuring top leaders communicate with honesty, clarity, and credibility. Currently, Stephanie is a strategic advisor, specializing in employee communications. Learn components of communication plans, when to start planning, and behind the scenes activity that makes all the difference in the success of Day 1. In this episode, she tells Kison best practices for Day 1 and gives advice on how to avoid disasters. Stephanie also talks about a time she wrote 25 versions of a communication plan and how that unfolded at the time of signing.
4/1/202057 minutes, 33 seconds
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41. The Impact of People Experience on Deal Outcomes

On this episode, Kison speaks with Karen Isely of Isely Associates International regarding the impact people experience has on the outcome of M&A deals. Karen is an M&A specialist and the founder of Isely Associates International, an Australian-based global consulting business providing M&A advisory services to organizations growing by merger, acquisition or other similar business transactions. She brings experience as an HR professional, business leader and management consultant to every engagement and has contributed to nearly 150 deals, in-house as well as for corporate and private equity clients.
3/18/202047 minutes, 19 seconds
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40. Navigating Intangible Asset Valuation

On this episode, Kison talks with PJ Patel, Co-CEO and Senior Managing Director at Valuation Research Corporation (VRC). VRC is a full-service, independent, global valuation firm that focuses exclusively on valuations that offer judgment beyond modeling. Kison and PJ discuss how to navigate intangible asset valuation in today’s market, how the current M&A climate is affecting valuation, and how to avoid the most common mistakes when conducting a valuation.
3/4/202047 minutes, 25 seconds
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39. The Impact of Leadership in M&A

In this episode, Kison Patel discusses the groundbreaking research done by Dr. Keith Dunbar. As a Managing Partner at JKD Talent Solutions, his team delivers actionable leadership intelligence. With this intelligence, we enhance clients’ long-term profitability and growth by providing a unique, holistic view of leadership capabilities.  Keith gives insight into how leadership has more of an impact than culture, which is contrary to popular belief, and who actually has a bigger impact on deal success - middle management or C suite. They also cover why it’s taken so long for people to realize how much leadership impacts the success of a deal, how to look for those leadership traits in your staff, and what works the best in terms of incentivizing leadership in your team.
2/21/202048 minutes, 11 seconds
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38. How to Successfully Build a Corporate Development Function

Kison speaks with Nichelle Maynard-Elliot, a corporate M&A Executive, public company board member, and corporate dealmaker with over 20 years of financial and legal experience in M&A business development and strategic partnerships at Fortune 300 multinational corporations and top-ranked international/boutique law firms. She’s a highly experienced corporate attorney lawyer, focusing on mergers and acquisitions.   
2/5/202024 minutes, 53 seconds
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37. Demystifying the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

Kison speaks with Richard Harmon, a Managing Director at CSG Partners, a firm that helps owners of private, middle market companies achieve equity monetization while addressing personal goals. In this podcast, they discuss how ESOPs can harvest equity, enhance liquidity, and create tax advantages.  
1/8/202035 minutes, 14 seconds
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36. Focusing Less on Cost Synergies to Increase Value Creation

Kison speaks with Anirvan Sen, the Founder and Managing Director of Fifth Chrome, a professional advisory firm that specializes in M&A integration and operational growth. In this podcast, they discuss creating deal value by focusing more on growth capabilities and revenue synergies than cost synergies.
12/18/201957 minutes, 18 seconds
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35. How to Plan a Divestiture from HR’s Perspective

Kison speaks with Jillian Kaebel-Sisk, an HR Global Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures Manager at Caterpillar. This podcast covers how HR practitioners plan for and executive divestitures. They also discuss carve-out and divestiture challenges, as well as TSA agreements, asset vs. stock sale, due diligence, and more.
12/4/201933 minutes, 58 seconds
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34. How to Deliver Maximum Value from Divestitures

Kison speaks with Toby Tester, an M&A Consultant and Project Manager with over 20 years of experience driving strategic, financial and operational value through M&A. This podcast covers how you can deliver maximum value from divestitures. We will discuss how divestitures, like acquisitions, can become a positive and transformational process. 
11/20/201935 minutes, 5 seconds
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33. How to Drive Transformational Change Through M&A

Kison speaks with Toby Tester, an M&A Consultant and Project Manager with over 20 years of experience driving strategic, financial and operational value through M&A. This podcast follows Toby's article, Driving Transformation Through M&A, in which he discusses how M&A transactions are becoming necessary transformational strategies for companies in the modern marketplace. 
11/6/201923 minutes, 45 seconds
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32. How to Prepare a Company for an Acquisition

Kison speaks with Jordan Lampos, a director specializing in healthcare M&A at Duff & Phelps, about how to best prepare a company for an acquisition and the role project management plays in improving this process. 
10/23/201928 minutes, 40 seconds
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31. Behind the Scenes: Effective Deal Sourcing and Closing

Kison speaks with Scott Kaeser, the Executive VP of Corporate Development for United American Security, a GardaWorld company, on sourcing strategies for successful deals.   
9/11/20191 hour, 5 minutes, 25 seconds
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30. Evolving Technology Trends in Mergers and Acquisitions

Kison speaks with Jill Harrison and Steve Siler about which technology trends are addressing some of the M&A industry's largest challenges. Jill is the Vice President of Ventures at Silverline and Steve is the CTO of Stonebriar Commercial Finance. 
8/28/201944 minutes, 38 seconds
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29. Perspectives on Modern M&A Consultancy and Divestitures

Kison speaks with Kelly Haggerty, who founded her own advisory firm, Nearco Transaction Advisors, after 15 years of leading integrations and divestitures for top consulting firms and Fortune 500 companies.  On this episode, Kison talks with Kelly about her experience as an M&A advisor and the lessons she's learned regarding what makes a strong, efficient, and successful deal.  For more information on Kelly and Nearco Transaction Advisors please visit: https://www.nearcoadvisors.com/
8/13/201944 minutes, 37 seconds
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28. Creating Solutions for Industry-Wide Challenges

Kison speaks with Paul Koenig, Founder and CEO of SRS Acquiom, a platform that manages escrows, payments, risks, and claims for complex M&A transactions.
7/31/201939 minutes, 7 seconds
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27. The Art of Protecting Value Drivers

During this episode, Kison and Jai discuss the best strategies for identifying, extracting and protecting value drivers during the due diligence process and most importantly while conducting integration post-close.
7/10/201933 minutes, 30 seconds
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26. The Power of Empathy in M&A

Kison speaks with Dr. Mark Goulston on the benefits of practicing empathy for more successful M&A, specifically to improve value creation and productivity post-close.
6/26/201934 minutes, 21 seconds
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25. The Importance of Conducting Cultural Assessments

On this episode, Kison speaks with Dawn White, an M&A Integration Manager at Corning. Dawn explains the importance of conducting cultural assessments during M&A transactions and explores how these assessments can lead to stronger deal outcomes, increased value creation and an overall happier and more productive workforce.
6/12/201937 minutes, 43 seconds
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24. How to Enable a High Performing Deal Team

Harvard instructor, author and speaker,  Richard Kasperowski, discusses how to build and maintain high-performing teams in any industry.
5/29/201941 minutes, 4 seconds
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23. An Agile Gorilla’s Approach to Mergers and Acquisitions

The Founding Partners of the M&A advisory firm, Agile Gorilla, discuss their agile, modern approach to deal and integration management.
5/16/201946 minutes, 12 seconds
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22. Integration Strategies Suited for Modern Business Landscapes

Nitin Kumar, a seasoned C-level operating executive and management consultant in the technology, media and telecom (TMT) sector, discusses how to create integration strategies better suited to modern business environments.
5/1/201944 minutes, 9 seconds
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21. A Guide to Planning Successful Divestitures

Al Ansari, a veteran divestiture and integration advisor currently assisting Cisco with the development of their divestiture methodology, discusses the strategies, decisions and planning behind divestitures.
4/18/201936 minutes, 8 seconds
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20. How to Implement an Agile Approach into M&A

In this podcast, Kison interviews James Harris, Principal of Corporate Development Integration at Google. They explore the ways in which deal practitioners can implement a more Agile approach to each step of M&A, from due diligence to integration.  
4/3/201944 minutes, 6 seconds
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19. Creating Corporate Development Acquisition Strategies

In this episode, Kison speaks with Joseph Feldman, a corporate development, acquisitions and growth strategies consultant. Joseph discusses acquisition strategies, diligence checklists, company inconsistencies, and post-close surprises.
7/19/201833 minutes, 27 seconds
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18. Best Ways to Approach Cultural Integration

In this episode, Kison interviews corporate and business development consultant Judah Karkowsky. They discuss the best ways to approach cultural integration, handling ownership issues, the surprises you can find during preliminary due diligence, international entities’ approach on diligence, being transparent with employees during an integration, and confidential data protection.
7/12/201851 minutes, 39 seconds
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17. M&A in the Technology Industry

In this episode, Kison asks Paul Weiskopf, a professional who has worked over 25 years with companies in the technology industry such as Hewlett Packard, Adobe Systems and smaller companies, about his professional experience on M&A. Weiskopf shares his knowledge about strategy common errors that lead companies to failure and about the best ways to build integration plans for acquisition teams.
6/25/201852 minutes, 39 seconds
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16. M&A, Due Diligence, and Integration from an Attorney's Point of View

In this episode, Kison interviews mergers and acquisitions attorney Luke Fedlam, who shares his knowledge on working with and outside counsel, representing the seller, sending letters of intent, setting up a financial plan, and how to transaction showstoppers beforehand. 00.00 /  05.00 / help from the outside council 05.00 / due diligence and letters of intent, bankers 10.00 / 15.000 timeline and risks, showstoppers 15.00 / 20.00 renegotiating terms 20.00 / 25.00 renegotiation purchase price 25.00 / 30.00 financial leverage 30.00 / 35.00 integration process 35.00 / 40.00 cultural and transparency 40.00 / 47.00 outgoing owners and engagement, CEOS sabotaging transaction  
6/12/201849 minutes, 28 seconds
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15. The Importance of Communication, Due Diligence and Post-Closing Integration

In this episode, Kison interviews Armando Biondi, Co-founder and COO for AdEspresso. Biondi shares his personal experience on the AdEspresso and Hootsuite merger. They discuss selling, communication during the integration process, and negotiating.
6/5/201829 minutes, 1 second
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14. How to Set Clear M&A Objectives: M&A Advice from a Former Marine

In this episode, Kison interviews Ken Marlin, author of The Marine Corps Way to Win on Wall Street. Marlin has a very diverse background going from corporate development to CEO of a company to running an investment bank. They discuss advising buyers, business strategies, and setting clear business objectives.
5/31/201856 minutes, 46 seconds
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13. Buy Side and Sell Side M&A Strategies

In this episode, Kison interviews International Strategy and Business Optimization Specialist Abhik Jain. Together they talk through the differences between M&A, PE and investment banking, proprietary and auction deals, and Jain’s personal advice on handling negotiations and transactions both from the sell side and the buy side.
5/23/201841 minutes, 57 seconds
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12. Wargaming for M&A Integration Leaders

This special episode of M&A Science is an audiobook written by Nitin Kumar, a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, on the strategy of wargaming. In an era of disruption and uncertainty, developing and executing successful M&A transactions require new strategic approaches. Business wargaming is one such approach, significantly increasing overall M&A effectiveness by providing valuable foresight, stress-testing strategy and maximizing the potential for successful integration.   Authored by: Nitin Kumar Narrated by: Conor Mahood Produced by: Kison Patel
2/16/201846 minutes, 42 seconds
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11. Balancing Legal and Business Concerns in M&A Transactions

“Are you doing things that could be perceived negatively that would create a higher bar for that next acquisition? Those things can come back and haunt you” Scott Hile is an M&A professional with two decades of experience. He also teaches Entrepreneurial Law and Global Business Transactions in Clemson University’s MBA Program.   0:00 - 5:05 Prioritizing investment and legal concerns during due diligence 5:00 - 8:40 Focusing on value drivers 8:40 - 10:50 Presenting risks to sellers 11:55 - 15:35 Legal team battles 15:35 - 17:00 Planning for integration during due diligence 17:00 - 19:05 Accounting for integration costs 19:05 - 25:25 International transaction challenges 25:25 - 32:41 Validating for cultural fit 32:41 - 38:30 Score-carding synergies 38:40-end The importance of patience    
12/11/201742 minutes, 16 seconds
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5. How Empathy Makes Mergers and Acquisitions Successful

“This is the first time I’ve been acquired by a company that felt like it had a soul.” That’s what John Derusso was told after leading an integration. John is the Director of Corporate Development Integration with Cisco Systems and has been for the past four years.   0:00-0:10 John’s background with Cisco and supply chain 0:13-2:12 Successful acquisitions 2:12-6:42 Retaining people 6:42-9:36 Big picture view of integration 9:36-13:30 Excitement and adrenaline in integration (step-by-step process) 13:30-20:21 Planning considerations, diligence, and key indicators of success   24:22-30:20 Taking care of customers   30:20-42:19 Complexity, decision-making, and communication   42:19-46:37 Degree of integration (depth and speed)   46:37-52:25 Difficult aspects of integration   52:25-End Lifetime lessons learned and key traits   M&A Science by Kison Patel ([email protected]) DealRoom: Data Science and AI for M&A (www.dealroom.net)
9/15/201756 minutes, 13 seconds
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10. How You Survive an Unprofitable Business

Sean Peace has a captivating story to tell about selling and exiting an unprofitable business in a unique niche: a fintech startup dealing with entertainment in the Southeast. In 2013, he founded Royalty Exchange, an auction marketplace selling music royalty streams as memorabilia to the highest bidding fans. After two years and $100K in revenue, the company landed $2 million in venture capital financing to accelerate their growth – or so they thought.   0:20 – 2:22 Background on SongVest leading up to Royalty Exchange business idea 2:23 – 3:49 Formation of Royalty Exchange and running it for the first 2 years 3:50 – 6:41 Attracting first $2M venture capital injection and how funds were invested 6:42 – 11:10 Pivot point to switch marketing strategy when proven ineffective 12:06 – 16:50 Deciding to exit and splitting sale of company to two buyers 16:51 – 19:13 Finding buyers without hiring an advisor & paying down debts 19:14 – 25:17 Discussing deal surprises and lessons learned 25:18 – 27:01 Sean answering would he start another company and raise from VCs again   M&A Science by Kison Patel ([email protected]) DealRoom: Data Science and AI for M&A (www.dealroom.net)
9/15/201729 minutes, 7 seconds
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9. How to Choose an M&A Advisor

As former VP at Huron Capital, Mark Miller is very familiar with the start-to-finish private equity process. He’s responsible for transaction teams involved in all aspects of deal sourcing, execution, and portfolio management. Mark has a wealth of experience executing deals on the buy side – managing due diligence, negotiating legal documents, setting the ultimate capital structure, and lining up financial documentation.   0:00 – 2:18 Summary of Mark’s background 2:19 – 5:18 Worse thing that could happen during a deal 5:19 – 7:24 Steps to first start planning for an exit 7:25 – 11:14 Setting up strategic initiatives from Day 1 11:15 – 18:49 Selecting advisors for the deal 18:50 – 25:24 Sanity checking valuations 25:25 – 28:02 Where advisors differentiate themselves / customizing their process & outreach 28:03 – 32:45 The important of valuations and certainty to close 32:46 – 35:33 Buyer engagement and deal rooms 35:34 – 37:07 Post-closing transactual obligations 37:08 – 39:43 Biggest challenges of process 39:44 – 42:25 Unburdening management team 42:26 - 46:50 Most important lessons learned 46:51 - 51:43 Tackling deal hiccups, touch decisions, and sell vs. hold scenarios 51:44 – 52:56 Considerations for future process improvements     M&A Science by Kison Patel ([email protected]) DealRoom: Data Science and AI for M&A (www.dealroom.net)
9/15/201755 minutes, 15 seconds
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8. How Synergies Differ in M&A

As a professional with 29 years’ experience in M&A corporate development, financial operations, and management, Paul Tennola, CFO of Paynet, is an expert when it comes to M&A. In addition to his experience with Paynet, Paul has worked with TransUnion, Wolters Kluwer, and SunGard. He has looked at over 1000 companies, successfully leading and closing more than 50 transactions. He believes M&A is a great way to augment growth. 0:00-1:10 Paul’s experience with Paynet, TransUnion, Wolters Kluwer, and SunGard 1:10-7:00 Bolt-on transactions versus platform transactions 7:00-10:30 Synergies: Financial/revenue and operational 10:30-14:05 Cultural fit and workarounds 14:05-18:00 Negotiation and strategies 18:00-21:40 Top factors during diligence 21:40-28:10 Deals that fall apart and surprises during diligence 28:10-33:14 Post-closing surprises and PMI 33:14-37:33 International transactions 37:33-40:05 Biggest lessons learned   M&A Science by Kison Patel ([email protected]) DealRoom: Data Science and AI for M&A (www.dealroom.net)
9/15/201746 minutes, 52 seconds
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7. Sell Side M&A Advice

In 2005, Vamsi started his own company focused on data compliance for the pharmaceutical industry. His company provided technology to support clinical trials to the FDA. “I like to build companies, but I also like change. [After five years], I thought about selling the company and rolling it up into a publicly listed company.” He sold it in 2010 and moved to India to pursue new opportunities. While the sale was smooth, there were numerous post-sale challenges. “They basically ran down the company within 18 months.”   0:00 – 4:03 Vamsi’s background at Deloitte, Pfizer, Merrill Lynch 4:04 – 6:27 Acquiring Clinovo (how found and why chose over others) 6:28 – 9:24 Due diligence process as a buyer 9:25 – 11:24 Issues that came up during diligence process 11:25 – 13:39 Working with the investment banker 13:40 – 14:19 Interaction with seller prior to closing 14:20 – 19:19 Challenges with integration 19:20 – 21:55 Lessons learned and post-closing challenges 21:56 – 23:05 Lessons from the sell side 23:06 – 23:38 What’s on the horizon   M&A Science by Kison Patel ([email protected]) DealRoom: Data Science and AI for M&A (www.dealroom.net)
9/15/201725 minutes, 57 seconds
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6. Key Private Equity Criteria for Prosperous M&A

Greg DellaFranco is currently a Senior Manager of Corporate Development at Deloitte Consulting. Prior to joining Deloitte, he served as Director of Corporate Development at KPMG. When combined with 16 years in corporate development, corporate strategy, new venture creation, and alliance roles at Accenture, Greg has valuable M&A insight to share.   0:48 – 1:43 Greg’s background in corporate development 1:44 – 4:08 Differences in perspective between corp dev and private equity 3:21 – 6:13 Value proposition of selling to a strategic buyer 5:26 – 7:17 Transacting with businesses looking to exit 6:30 – 8:58 Key preparation for due diligence process 8:11 – 11:01 Top issues that frequently arise 10:14 – 16:42 Effectively managing the process 15:55 –  19:23 Deal breakers that pop up during due diligence 18:36 – 24:13 Greg’s strategies for the integration process 23:26 – 28:04 Most challenging aspects of integration 27:17 – 34:15 Challenges and integrations gone wrong 33:28 – 37:37 Biggest lessons learned and the future of M&A   M&A Science by Kison Patel ([email protected]) DealRoom: Data Science and AI for M&A (www.dealroom.net)
9/15/201739 minutes, 10 seconds
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4. Why Decisive Communication is Vital for a Successful Integration

Jeremie originally started his career at Goldman Sachs and spent time in investment banking focused on equities, equity sales, and trading. He has experience on both sides of M&A, as an acquirer and “acquiree,” and says the deals he has seen in the past 10 years – some successful, others not – have changed his perspective on M&A.   0:00 – 2:12 Jeremie’s background in SaaS and investment banking 2:13 – 5:52 The value of focusing on giving in M&A transactions 5:53 – 11:40 Importance of pre-diligence diligence 11:41 - 14:12 Example of a deal not closed 14:13 – 15:50 Allocating resources and labor pool decisions 15:51 – 19:14 Advantages of quick integration 19:15 – 25:29 Painful lessons 25:30 – 30:57 How to use advisors 30:58 – 36: 11 How to pick a banker 36:12 – 41:33 Differences and clashes in culture 41:34 – 46:27 Setting up a deal framework 46:28 – 51:05 Facilitating good communication 51:06 – 52:22 Importance of prioritization 52:23 – 54:54 Lessons learned   M&A Science by Kison Patel ([email protected]) DealRoom: Data Science and AI for M&A (www.dealroom.net)
3/23/201756 minutes, 27 seconds
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3. How to Sell A Bank: The True Story of Ups and Downs of M&A Banking

Matt Gambs is very familiar with the community banking realm – he’s been in it for more than 23 years and has worked every angle of the business, starting as a teller and working his way up to President and CEO of two different community banks in the Chicago metro area: BB&T Bancorp and Diamond Bank. He led both banks through successful acquisitions before landing at his current role with Wintrust Financial. 0:00 – 0:53 Summary of Matt Gambs 23+ year career progression in community banking 0:54 – 3:44 Discussing growth of BB&T between company inception and becoming CEO in 2004 3:45 – 6:47 The process of deciding to sell BB&T and selecting an advisor 6:48 – 8:24 How buyers’ proposals were evaluated against goals for stockholders 8:25 – 11:24 The selection process for comparing valuations and choosing the final buyer 11:25 – 13:24 Discussing challenges and realizations as Matt’s first deal of this size 13:25 – 18:02 Dissecting why everyone seems to want to buy a bank and regulatory implications 18:03 – 22:16 Events leading to Matt joining Diamond Bank and its subsequent sale 22:17 – 25:53 The long start-to-finish process of selling Diamond Bank 25:54 – 28:54 Highlights of working with Wintrust on the Diamond Bank deal 28:55 – 33:26 Biggest challenges and lessons learned going through both bank exits 33:27 – 36:25 Comparing shareholder relationships of different sizes 36:26 – 39:34 Craziest thing Matt has seen in all his banking experience   M&A Science by Kison Patel ([email protected]) DealRoom: Data Science and AI for M&A (www.dealroom.net)
3/14/201741 minutes, 39 seconds
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2. How Strong Relationships Lead to Successful M&A

In this interview, we touch on a range of topics from how Scott handles hurdles to post-closing surprises, deal disasters to integration management, and ultimately, the keys to running a successful process. 00:00 - 00:40 Intro 00:40 - 04:25 Scott’s corporate development background 04:25 - 06:36 Small vs large transactions 06:36 - 12:25 Diligence lessons learned 12:25 - 17:55 Walking away from deals 17:55 - 19:53 Post closing surprises 19:53 - 25:08 Bad deals 25:08 - 32:08 Post merger integration 32:08 - 36:26 Key lessons learned   M&A Science by Kison Patel ([email protected]) DealRoom: Data Science and AI for M&A (www.dealroom.net)
2/7/201737 minutes, 31 seconds
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1. The Importance of Conducting a Quality of Earnings in M&A

Andrew Jordan is a Principal at Riveron Consulting where he provides transaction advisory services. He’s had his hand in mergers and acquisitions for the last 8 years and has incredible insight regarding quality of earnings (Q of E) and M&A deals. Show Notes: 0:00 – 0:47 Summary of Andrew’s background 0:48 – 5:44 Advantages to sellers doing Quality of Earnings (Q of E) analysis 5:45 – 6:51 When to get buyers involved in process 6:52 – 9:51 Biggest challenge from financial accounting due diligence process 9:52 – 10:39 Particular strategies to overcome data challenges 10:40 – 19:19 Interesting and extreme expense item discoveries 19:20 – 25:38 Evaluating Q of E adjustments 25:39 – 26:30 How see diligence process evolving 26:31 – 27:27 Assuring proper controls, both in and outside of Q of E analysis 27:28 – 32:03 Key lessons learned   M&A Science by Kison Patel ([email protected]) DealRoom: Data Science and AI for M&A (www.dealroom.net)
2/1/201733 minutes, 6 seconds