“We did an acquisition about 15 years ago. It did not go well…I guess you could say we are still ‘recovering,’ the CEO of a family-owned business recently shared with me during a meeting. She went on to explain there were a number of integration issues and other challenges that cropped up post-closing that the […]

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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 […]

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Pfizer and Allergan have announced that they are abandoning their $160 billion merger. This resulted from a political storm around tax inversions, a technique whereby US companies relocate abroad to avoid the high US corporate tax rates. The Treasury department took action to insert new rules that effectively killed the financial benefits of the deal. […]

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Signing the letter of intent (LOI) launches the final phase of the M&A process, where you delve into the details of due diligence, deal structure, closing the transaction and integration. In this third phase of the Roadmap to Acquisitions, Build the Deal, maintaining momentum remains critical. Even as the finish line is in sight, there […]

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In my over 20 years of pursing strategic, not-for-sale acquisitions for clients, the most important piece of advice I have is: be prepared. It may sound simple, but I cannot stress enough how critical preparation is to M&A success. This applies to every stage of the Roadmap to Acquisitions, our M&A process, from initial strategy […]

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What tools do you use to help manage the M&A Process? I was recently asked this during our M&A Express videocast “Why You Need a Roadmap.” There are two key ways I would answer that question. First the macro view. Look at the big picture and develop — or adopt — an end-to-end process. This […]

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Here’s a quick reminder to those of you who may have missed out: the first videocast of M&A Express “Why You Need a Roadmap” launches tomorrow, March 5 at 1:00 PM ET. Click here to register. In this videocast, we’ll be taking a deeper look at an essential element of acquisitions: the M&A process. My hope […]

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Register now for the first videocast in the new Capstone series, M&A Express: “Why You Need a Roadmap.” Having a roadmap for your acquisitions is essential for success, but far too often I see executives and business owners pursue M&A without a plan. Many take on a “we’ll know what we’re looking for when we […]

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Acquisitions are one of the fastest ways to grow, but they do come with their own set of risks. Industry numbers show that about 70% of acquisitions fail, so executives are highly motivated to mitigate their risks when purchasing a company. This can be done in a number of ways. Usually we think about hiring […]

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As you consider acquisition as a route to growth, you may be wondering: How long will the whole process take? This is one of the most frequent questions I hear when laying out an acquisition plan. The answer is never easy to pin down. I’ve worked on acquisitions that were completed in a month, while […]

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