Category Archives: Mergers & Acquisitions

3 keys to executing successful corporate spin-offs

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I was recently at a conference featuring a CEO who had just completed a corporate spin-off. He was asked what, if anything, he would have done differently. His response? “More decision-making; much earlier.” His answer was pretty telling, and aligned … Continue reading →

M&A and prior acts: Considerations for the design firm

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There are many reasons a design firm may decide to buy, sell or merge its practice with another firm; however, there are only a few available options when it comes to addressing the prior act exposures of the firm being … Continue reading →

Four things successful leaders do during mergers and acquisitions

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A multitude of factors are making managing and leading mergers and acquisitions through a successful integration increasingly challenging: Cross-border transactions require unifying national and corporate cultures. Mega-deals create a host of complex workforce and culture issues that can push integrations … Continue reading →

Solvency II makes M&A harder – Educated guesswork isn’t good enough

Sellers of life insurance portfolios have to meet buyers’ growing expectations for understanding the capital implications of a transaction in advance of a deal. Two overriding issues have shaped mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity in the European life insurance market … Continue reading →

Fewer deposits will mean fewer banks

Banks are continuing to merge, however the motivations for mergers are changing. Expect the next wave of mergers to be driven, at least in part, by the anticipated change in available bank deposits over the coming years. Management needs to … Continue reading →

Digital transformation in insurance calls for diverse growth strategies

Of all the factors influencing investment activity and merger and acquisition (M&A) strategy in the insurance industry in recent years, the impact of digital technologies has emerged as a key and recurring theme in the annual surveys conducted by Willis … Continue reading →

Disruptive change and animal spirits stoke D&O risk

After escalating D&O risk in 2016, buyers will be looking for a reprieve in 2017. They may be disappointed. Continue reading →

Don’t neglect your workforce during M&A

Conventional wisdom holds that employees generally react adversely to the level of change a merger, acquisition or other type of deal may bring. But what isn’t widely understood and sometimes underestimated is the variance in the ways employees view the … Continue reading →

Tech, media, and telecom convergence in 2016

‘Convergence’ — the bundling of disparate communications, entertainment and utility services — will prove to be an important factor in M&A activity for 2016. Continue reading →

The risk manager of the future

Some people miss the good old days. I don’t. I’ve been around since the days when business was done on a napkin with people who were more like buddies than business partners and yes, when the deal was done, there … Continue reading →