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November 6, 2017

Past attendees share their most important lessons.
By Jim Jeffries, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council

The M&A Leadership Council is kicking off 2018 with The Art of M&A for Divestitures and Carve-Outs. In this unique workshop setting, you’ll work alongside your peers and learn from M&A experts from BDO, Willis Towers Watson, M&A Partners and others. Here’s a look at what past attendees learned from The Art of M&A for Divestitures and Carve-Outs.

October 30, 2017

Bypassing due diligence proves a costly mistake.
By Bill Blandford, Member of the Board of M&A Standards

We learned the hard way how important due diligence really is! The Buyer, the management of one product line, purchased a very small-carve out from a firm in China. Because it was so small, the deal didn’t go through the Corporate Due Diligence office.

October 30, 2017

Here are just a few ghost stories and some suggestions on how to remain steady.
By Michael Williams, Managing Director, Transaction Advisory Services, BDO USA LLP

Occasionally deal makers have fleeting moments of fright about buying what may seem to be something of a haunted house. Some ghastly surprises may cast a pall on deciding to stay in the deal. With a few days – and late nights - of due diligence, we may find skeletons hanging in closets and monsters lurking under beds.

October 27, 2017

November events will take place in New York City and Mexico City.
Submitted by Mergermarket

Mergermarket, an Acuris brand, will host two M&A forums in November. 

October 23, 2017

Take a closer look at how AI is changing the workplace and challenging our core governance, risk and compliance (GRC) models.
Submitted by Capital Expert Services

As industries consolidate, and more companies pursue M&A, buyers need to be more vigilant than ever in their due diligence regarding what artificial intelligence (AI)
and autonomous systems (AS) risks lurk within any given transaction.

October 2, 2017

Workshop Attendees Share Their Lessons.
By Jack Prouty, President of the M&A Leadership Council

Next month is your last chance in 2017 to join the M&A Leadership Council for The Art of M&A Due Diligence. In this unique workshop setting, you’ll dive into best practices in due diligence alongside your colleagues and M&A experts from BDO, Willis Towers Watson and others. Here’s a look at some of the lessons that past attendees learned from The Art of M&A Due Diligence.

September 20, 2017

Cybersecurity, social media and artificial intelligence are all shaping the scope, strategy and tactics of due diligence.
By Jim Jeffries, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council

What does the future of proper due diligence look like? In the past decade, M&A professionals have moved beyond checklists to take a more robust, strategic approach to due diligence. Meanwhile, technology has come to play an increasingly important role in due diligence, both in the form of tools for M&A practitioners and as a source for identifying potential risks and issues. While exposure to cyber breaches has become a critical issue, we cannot ignore social media or artificial intelligence.

August 29, 2017

Successful Acquirers Consistently Include HR on the M&A Deal Team
By Kelly Karger, Senior Mergers & Acquisitions and Retirement Consultant, Willis Towers Watson, a Partner of the M&A Leadership Council

What are the leading causes of M&A deal failures? Research over the past years has consistently highlighted the role of people issues (from talent retention to organizational culture) in M&A deal value erosion.