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March 29, 2022

7 Key Integration Initiatives and Objectives to Consider
By Mark Herndon, Chairman of M&A Leadership Council

The recent acquisition of Tiffany & Co. (TIF) by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) was not technically a hostile takeover, but given the outright insults, threats, lawsuits, back-channel dealings, and portended government intervention – it certainly could not have been more hostile.

March 2, 2022

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

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

February 10, 2022

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

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

February 7, 2022

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

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

January 30, 2022

It Is Up To You to Stack the Deck
By Mark Herndon, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council 

Integration is tough. There are no formulas. No cookie-cutter patterns. Seldom a simple solution. But as my friend and President Emeritus of the M&A Leadership Council, Jack Prouty, says – there is a way you can “stack the deck for success.”

January 9, 2022

20 Essential Requirements for Success 
by Mark Herndon, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council 

We have said it, you have said it, we have all said it. Let’s say it together one more time: “There is NO “cookie-cutter,” formulaic approach to M&A integration success.”

January 3, 2022

Before Launching Your Next Integration Take a Good Look
by Mark Herndon, Chairman of the M&A Leadership Council 

​It’s not a trick question: “How do you know you are ready to launch integration planning?” Our answer? Not until you’ve done THIS – created a comprehensive Integration Strategy Framework (ISF)

September 9, 2021

Spot Cyber & IT Challenges Through Improved Due Diligence 
By Mark Herndon, Chairman, M&A Leadership Council 

Cybersecurity and IT due diligence has become one of the most challenging, and also one of the most critical areas of due diligence in any environment. The risks of brand damage, customer churn, and substantial costs have brought this topic to the forefront in many recent M&A Leadership Council workshops.