David Braun

About

David Braun is the founder and CEO of Capstone Strategic and author of Successful Acquisitions: A Proven Plan for Growth. His specialty is helping companies grow through acquisition.

Through consistent focus on this one specialty, David has built up a formidable expertise that has led to an acquisition success rate way beyond the industry average.

David Braun is a sought-after educator who has been teaching senior executives and financial professionals for over 21 years. His live seminars and online webinars are in high demand, and his blog is widely read by M&A professionals, business owners and all who wish to understand the dynamics of growth through company acquisition.

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Market Criteria, Market Research

Markets First

I always emphasize to my clients the critical value of painstaking market research and selection before considering individual prospects. Simply by conducting thorough research, you immediately separate yourself from the majority of company buyers and place yourself at an important competitive advantage. Choosing Market Criteria Choosing the correct market criteria may be tricky. Here are […]

Pathways to Growth

Five Pathways to Growth

As you focus your attention on the growth of your company, there are five key pathways to consider: Grow Organically Exit the Market Be the Low-Cost Provider Do Nothing Pursue External Growth Before you even start planning an acquisition, remember there are other growth options available. It is an important realization that you do have […]

Cultural Integration Publicis Omnicom

Publicis-Omnicom Merger May Face Cultural Integration Challenges

The merger between two advertising giants Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group has caused quite a stir. The two companies combined to form Publicis Omnicom Group would have stock-market value of $35.1 billion, making this the largest advertising merger ever. Although Chief Executive Maurice Levy and CEO John Wren both stress this is a “merger of […]

Recent Posts

M&A Activity after the U.S. Election: Analysis and Outlook

One month after the U.S. presidential election, there is still a great deal of speculation about what will happen in the M&A market over the next year. Looking back at M&A activity so far this year, compared to 2015 activity, fewer and smaller deals were announced. During the first 9 months of 2016, M&A value […]

The Greatest Risk You Face in Acquisitions

The Greatest Risk You Face in Acquisitions

When you acquire a company, the biggest risk you face in the unknown. You put a potentially large sum of money down for results that are not guaranteed. Whether you are acquiring a company for a new technological capability, to expand your geographic footprint, or for its complementary product line – there’s always the possibility […]

How long does due diligence take

How Long Does Due Diligence Take?

We generally recommend taking between 30 and 60 days to complete due diligence. We find this is enough time to complete a thorough evaluation of the business without letting the process drag on. Due diligence will include onsite visits with your internal team and your external team of lawyers, accountants, and your third party M&A […]

How Many Companies Should You Look at to Close One Deal?

How many companies do you need to look at to do a deal? This is a common question we get from clients. Experience tells us you need to look at about 100 companies in order to execute one deal. That doesn’t mean you go through formal due diligence with 100 companies, but you do need […]

Is Middle Market M&A on the Rebound

Is Middle Market M&A on the Rebound?

Middle market M&A rose in October and dealmakers expect robust activity for the remainder of 2016, according to a survey by Mergers & Acquisitions. Survey participants expect more companies will be inclined to execute deals once the uncertainty of the U.S. presidential election has passed. Overall M&A in 2016 has dropped significantly when compared to […]

Firms Use Acquisition to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Firms Use Acquisition to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Are you keeping up with industry changes fast enough? Or are you being left behind? It’s no secret that technology is disrupting industries from manufacturing to telecommunications to retail. “…The risk of being left behind because of technological disruption and change is driving companies to make acquisitions faster,” Steven Davidoff Solomon writes in Dealbook. For many […]

5 Ways Minority Interest Helps You Grow

5 Ways Minority Interest Helps You Grow

Private equity firms are increasingly acquiring minority interests in public companies in order to grow, according to the Wall Street Journal. The landscape for PE is changing. Firms are facing tough competition from strategic acquirers who have cash on their balance sheets and are typically willing to spend more on an acquisition. At the same […]

Will Your Acquisition Fall Apart?

Will Your Acquisition Fall Apart?

While it’s an important milestone, a signed letter of intent does not guarantee a successful acquisition. Just ask Pfizer who withdrew its $150 billion bid to acquire Allergan after signing a LOI. Pfizer ended up paying a breakup fee of $150 million. After the LOI is signed, you still have a few major steps to take before the acquisition […]

ATT Time Warner Acquisition

Content Is King: AT&T to Acquire Time Warner

Seeking growth amid a shifting telecommunications industry, AT&T has bet on media content. The company plans to acquire Time Warner for $85 billion in one of the biggest media acquisitions in history. The transaction will likely take over a year to receive regulatory approval, but both AT&T and Time Warner executives are optimistic. AT&T CEO Randall […]

Verify Acquisition Target Unaudited Financials

How to Verify an Acquisition Target’s Unaudited Financials

Obtaining audited financial statements is always best when valuing an acquisition prospect. An audit enhances your confidence and ensures what management has presented is a “true and fair” view of the company’s financial performance and position. We run into plenty of privately-held, middle market companies that don’t have audited financial statements. Many have their financial […]

Can You Conduct Thorough Due Diligence When Data Is Missing?

Can You Conduct Thorough Due Diligence When Data Is Missing?

One of the challenges of due diligence is that you often do not have access to all the data. Of course you want to know every last detail about the acquisition prospect so you can make the best decision. Unfortunately, the real world is never perfect. The prospect may have an incomplete or no record of the […]

David Braun Dog to Wall St

Successful Acquisitions Begin with Trust

Trust is everything. As leaders, we can forget this during the excitement of a deal. We can get caught up in reviewing financials, bogged down in the details of due diligence, or absorbed in mountains of research and completely forget about the humans involved in the transaction. When you take a moment to think, it’s […]

Marriott Starwood Loyaly Program Integrate

Marriott Begins Integrating Loyalty Programs

Just this Sunday, I received an email about the Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Marriott Rewards combining with Starwood Preferred Guest. According to the email and Marriott’s website, the three loyalty programs will be linked, but operate as independent programs. Marriott does not expect to merge the programs any time before 2018. Marriott International first announced it […]

Yahoo Hack Shows Need for Functional Due Diligence

Yahoo Cyberattack Highlights Need for Functional Due Diligence in M&A

Yahoo says the private information of at least 500 million has been compromised due to a cyber-attack in 2014. In the biggest security breach to date, hackers gained access to sensitive information including names, emails addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, passwords, and security questions. The security breach has ramifications not just for Yahoo and its […]

Ford Acquires Chariot, Repositions as Mobility Company

Ford Acquires Chariot, Repositions as Mobility Company

Ford announced it would acquire Chariot, a shuttle-van startup based in San Francisco, in order to expand beyond auto manufacturing and become a mobility company. This is the first acquisition by Ford Smart Mobility, which was established in March of 2016 in order to focus on “emerging mobility services.” Ford reportedly paid $65 million for […]

New Opportunities for Middle Market Growth

New Opportunities for Middle Market Growth

Middle market companies have faced many challenges to growth, but the tide is now turning. Previously, we had observed the dumbbell effect, where at either end of the spectrum massive corporations and small businesses flourished while middle market companies were caught in between. Unlike large multinational corporations, many middle market companies cannot leverage the same […]

What do you have to offer an owner

What Do You Have to Offer an Owner?

“Why should I let you buy my company?” Chances are an owner will ask you this question during the course of your acquisition and you must have a convincing answer. While the strategic fit and benefits of an acquisition may be abundantly clear to you, an owner may not share your perspective. As a leader, […]

Capstone Launches the M&A Growth Bulletin - Quarterly Newsletter

Launching the New M&A Growth Bulletin

I am excited to announce the launch of our new quarterly newsletter, The M&A Growth Bulletin. This newsletter will deliver essential guidance on growth through M&A along with tips and tactics drawn directly from successful transactions completed in the market. In the first issue of The M&A Growth Bulletin, we will address five common objections leaders […]

What Is a Company Really Like? Uncovering the Truth in Due Diligence

During due diligence most companies will present you with their formal documents including HR manuals, procedures, financials and organizational charts. It’s not enough to rely on these documents alone; if you want to know what a company is really like, you’ll have to dig a bit deeper. One way to go beyond the surface is […]

walmart acquires jet

Walmart Acquires Jet.com: Integration Strategies for Buyers

Walmart will acquire web retailer Jet.com for $3.3 billion in order to boost its online business. The deal is the largest ever purchase of U.S. e-commerce startup. While Walmart has plenty of bricks and mortar stores, the company has struggled to grow its online business. Walmart knows it needs to be competitive with Amazon who […]