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Culture is one of the most controversial and hot topics in the world of M&A. Most people say that Culture isn’t a deal killer. But not for Trish Mosconi, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer & Corporate Development at Synchrony. In our interview, she talks about how they walked away from an almost perfect deal due to cultural differences.

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Managing M&A Sourcing, Diligence and Integration

In this interview, we are going to talk about managing sourcing, diligence and integration from a project manager's perspective featuring Sabeeh Khan, Director, Corporate Strategy & Development at Syniti and Aaron Whiting, M&A Integration and Strategic Programs at ContinuumCloud

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How to Deliver Maximum Value from Divestitures

An M&A Science Interview with Toby Tester about how to deliver maximum value from a divestiture, as well as how divestitures, like acquisitions, can become a positive and transformational process.

Today's guests:
Toby Tester
Senior Consultant & Project Manager at BTD
20 Nov
podcasts
Divestiture

How to Drive Transformational Change Through M&A

On this episode Kison speaks with Toby Tester, an M&A Consultant and Project Manager with over 20 years of experience driving strategic, financial and operational value through M&A. Toby discusses how organizations are increasingly turning to M&A in order to transform their business and remain competitive in the modern, digital marketplace. 

Today's guests:
Toby Tester
Senior Consultant & Project Manager at BTD
6 Nov
podcasts
strategy

Investment Banking: How to Best Prepare a Company for an Acquisition

Kison speaks with Jordan Lampos, a director in investment banking at Duff & Phelps, on how he prepares companies for acquisitions and how his team utilizes project management for stronger outcomes and processes.

Today's guests:
Jordan Lampos
Director specializing in healthcare M&A at Duff & Phelps
23 Oct
podcasts
Divestiture

How to Prepare a Company for an Acquisition

In this episode, Kison speaks with Jordan Lampos, a director in investment banking at Duff & Phelps, about how to best prepare a company for an acquisition and the ways in which project management can improve the complex process. 

Today's guests:
Jordan Lampos
Director specializing in healthcare M&A at Duff & Phelps
23 Oct
podcasts
strategy

Behind the Scenes: Effective Deal Sourcing and Closing

Scott Kaeser, an Executive VP of Corporate Development at GardaWorld, discusses the tips and strategies for sourcing, negotiating, and closing successful deals.

Today's guests:
Scott Kaeser
Owner / Head Of Corporate Development at First Choice Dental Lab
11 Sep
podcasts
strategy

Evolving Technology in Mergers and Acquisitions

In this episode, Kison speaks with Jill Harrison and Steve Siler about which growing technology trends are addressing some of the largest challenges facing the M&A industry.

Today's guests:
Jill Harrison
VP of Silverline Ventures, Director of Innovation Programs, Silverline Foundry
Steve Siler
Director at Eldridge, CTO at Stonebriar Commercial Finance
28 Aug
podcasts
General

Perspectives on Modern M&A Consultancy and Divestitures

Kison speaks with Kelly Haggerty, who founded her own advisory firm, Nearco Transaction Advisors, after 15 years of leading integrations and divestitures for top consulting firms and Fortune 500 companies. In this episode, Kison talks with Kelly about her experience as an M&A advisor and the lessons she's learned regarding what makes a strong, efficient, and successful deal.

Today's guests:
Kelly Haggerty
Founder of Nearco Transaction Advisors, LLC
13 Aug
podcasts
Divestiture

Common Divestiture Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Kison speaks with Kelly Haggerty, who has over 15 years of experience managing acquisitions and divestitures. They talk about Kelly's experience as an M&A advisor and the lessons she’s learned regarding what makes a strong, efficient, and successful deal and how consultants can better prepare their clients for long-term success.

Today's guests:
Kelly Haggerty
Founder of Nearco Transaction Advisors, LLC
13 Aug
podcasts
Divestiture

The Role of M&A Lawyers [Real Stories from an M&A Attorney]

Paul Koenig, Founder and CEO of SRS Acquiom, discusses developing meaningful solutions for the challenges faced by M&A attorneys and shareholder representatives.

Today's guests:
Paul Koenig
CEO and Co-Founder of SRS Acquiom
31 Jul
podcasts
diligence

Creating Solutions for Industry-Wide Challenges

Kison speaks with Paul Koenig, Founder and CEO of SRS Acquiom, a platform that manages escrows, payments, risks, and claims for complex M&A transactions.

Today's guests:
Paul Koenig
CEO and Co-Founder of SRS Acquiom
31 Jul
podcasts
General

Creating Corporate Development Acquisition Strategies

In this episode, Kison speaks with Joseph Feldman, a corporate development, acquisitions, and growth strategies consultant. Joseph discusses acquisition strategies, diligence checklists, company inconsistencies, and post-close surprises.

Today's guests:
Joseph Feldman
Executive Vice President, North American Business Development
19 Jul
podcasts
diligence

The Art of Protecting Value Drivers

Jai Sundararaman, the Vice President of Business Transformation at IPG, the best strategies for identifying, extracting and protecting value drivers during the due diligence process and most importantly, while conducting integration post-close.

Today's guests:
Jai Sundararaman
Vice President - Business Transformation at IPG - Intertape Polymer Group
10 Jul
podcasts
diligence

The Power of Empathy in M&A

Kison speaks with Dr. Mark Goulston on the benefits of practicing empathy for more successful M&A, specifically to improve value creation and productivity post-close.

Today's guests:
Mark Goulston
Theory Y Aspirational Executive Coaching , President of Mark Goulston, M.D., Inc.
26 Jun
podcasts
strategy

How to Plan a Successful Cultural Assessment in M&A

Kison speaks with Dawn White, an M&A Integration Manager at Corning. She describes how to best conduct and approach cultural assessments as well as common missteps she’s seen in the process and how to overcome them.

Today's guests:
Dawn White
Manager of M&A Center of Excellence - Corporate Development, Program Manager / Change Management Lead (Temporary Special Assignment) at Corning Incorporated
12 Jun
podcasts
strategy
diligence

How to Enable and Maintain High-Performance Deal Teams

On this episode Harvard instructor, author, and speaker, Richard Kasperowski, discusses how to build and maintain high-performing teams in any industry.

Today's guests:
Richard Kasperowski
Instructor at Harvard University, Author | Keynote Speaker | Teacher | Certified Agile Team Building™
29 May
podcasts
diligence
integration

Disrupting And Rethinking The Stagnant Approaches To Deal Management

Ben de Haldevang and David Boyd, Founding Partners of Agile Gorilla, discuss their modern, agile approach to deal and integration management. Through agile principles, such as backlogs and iterative learning cycles, Ben and David enable industry practitioners to conduct more successful, sustainable and equitable mergers and acquisitions.

Today's guests:
Ben de Haldevang
Partner at The Agile Gorilla
David Boyd
Partner at The Agile Gorilla, Director of Boyd + Associates
16 May
podcasts
integration
diligence

Integration Strategies Suited for Modern Business Landscapes

Nitin Kumar, a seasoned C-level operating executive and management consultant in the technology, media and telecom (TMT) sector, discusses how to create integration strategies better suited to modern business environments.

Today's guests:
Nitin Kumar
Former CEO of Appnomic, Board Member at FortifID, Inc, and SmartBeings Inc
1 May
podcasts
integration

A Guide to Planning Successful Divestitures by M&A Advisor

Al Ansari, a veteran divestiture and integration advisor currently assisting Cisco with the development of their divestiture methodology, discusses the strategies, decisions and planning behind divestitures.

Today's guests:
Al Ansari
Sr M&A Divestiture Advisor at Cisco
18 Apr
podcasts
Divestiture

How to Implement an Agile Approach into M&A

In this podcast, James Harris explores the ways in which deal practitioners can implement a more Agile approach to each step of M&A, from due diligence to integration.

Today's guests:
James Harris
Principal, Corporate Development Integration at Google
3 Apr
podcasts
strategy

How You Survive an Unprofitable Business

On this episode Sean Peace, the founder of an auction marketplace for music royalty streams called Royalty Exchange, tells a captivating story about selling and exiting an unprofitable business in a unique niche.

Today's guests:
Sean Peace
Co-Founder CEO / CTO at Go Amenity, Founder - CEO at SongVest Records, Inc.
15 Sep
podcasts
Divestiture

M&A from a Business Consultant's Point of View

Kison interviews business consultant Joseph Feldman, who works with middle-companies on acquisitions. In this podcast, Feldman discusses acquisition strategies, diligence checklists, company inconsistencies, and post-close surprises.

Today's guests:
Joseph Feldman
Executive Vice President, North American Business Development
19 Jul
podcasts
strategy
diligence

Best Ways to Approach Cultural Integration

In this episode, Kison interviews Judah Karkowsky. They discuss the best ways to approach cultural integration, handling ownership issues, the surprises you can find during preliminary due diligence, international entities’ approach on diligence, being transparent with employees during integration, and confidential data protection.

Today's guests:
Judah Karkowsky
SVP Corporate & Business Development at Cengage
12 Jul
podcasts
diligence

M&A In the Technology Industry

In this episode, Kison asks Paul Weiskopf, a professional who has worked over 25 years with companies in the technology industry such as Hewlett Packard, Adobe Systems and smaller companies, about his professional experience on M&A. Weiskopf shares his knowledge about strategy common errors that lead companies to failure and about the best ways to build integration plans for acquisition teams.

Today's guests:
Paul Weiskopf
Board Director and Independent Business Advisor for Public and Private Companies
25 Jun
podcasts
integration

M&A, Due Diligence, and Integration from an Attorney's Point of View

Luke Fedlam, a mergers and acquisitions attorney, shares his knowledge on working with outside counsel, seller representation, LOIs, financial planning, and identifying showstoppers.‍‍

Today's guests:
Luke Fedlam
Partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
12 Jun
podcasts
diligence
integration

How Cisco Manages M&A Integration: Strategy & Process Explained

In this episode, John DeRusso, director of corporate development integration at Cisco, explains that it is vitally important for the employees of an acquired company to feel understood and comfortable.

Today's guests:
John DeRusso
Director of Acquisition Integration at Cisco
9 Jun
podcasts
strategy
integration

The Importance of Communication, Due Diligence and Post-Closing Integration

In this episode, Armando Biondi, Co-founder, and COO of AdEspresso shares the communication and negotiation involved during Hootsuite's acquisition of AdEspresso.

Today's guests:
Armando Biondi
Co-founder, and former COO of AdEspresso
5 Jun
podcasts
diligence
integration

How to Set Clear M&A Objectives: M&A Advice from a Former Marine

In this episode, Ken Marlin, author of The Marine Corps Way to Win on Wall Street and managing partner of the investment bank Marlin & Associates, ‍discusses advising buyers, business strategies, and setting clear business objectives. 

Today's guests:
Ken Marlin
Founder/Managing Partner at Marlin & Associates and Author of The Marine Corps Way to Win on Wall Street
31 May
podcasts
strategy

Wargaming for M&A Integration Leaders

This special episode of M&A Science is an audiobook written by Nitin Kumar, a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, on the strategy of wargaming. In an era of disruption and uncertainty, developing and executing successful M&A transactions require new strategic approaches.

Today's guests:
Nitin Kumar
Former CEO of Appnomic, Board Member at FortifID, Inc, and SmartBeings Inc
16 Feb
podcasts
integration

Balancing Legal and Business Concerns in M&A Transactions

Kison speaks with Scott Hile, an experienced M&A professional as he shares his experiences from both sides of M&A, including common transaction concerns and challenges.

Today's guests:
Scott Hile
Senior Director - Corporate Development at Enviva (NYSE: EVA)
11 Dec
podcasts
strategy
diligence

Key Private Equity Criteria for Prosperous M&A

Greg DellaFranco, a Senior Manager of Corporate Development at Deloitte Consulting, shares his knowledge on M&A in the private equity realm.

Today's guests:
Greg DellaFranco
Northrop Ventures & Partnerships at Northrop Grumman
15 Sep
podcasts
strategy
diligence

Bolt-on Acquisitions from Expert Point of View

Paul Tennola, CFO of Paynet and M&A corporate development professional of 29 years, shares his knowledge on bolt-on transactions as compared to new platforms.

Today's guests:
Paul Tennola
CFO of Paynet
15 Sep
podcasts
strategy

Important Sell Side M&A Process Lessons

Vamsi Maddipatla, the founder and president of LAXAI discusses his sell-side experience, how to wisely choose investments and post-deal integration.

Today's guests:
Vamsi Maddipatla
Chairman at Clinovo, LAXAI Life Sciences, OSR Infra
15 Sep
podcasts
strategy
diligence

Advice on Hiring Advisors

Mark Miller, a former Vice President at the private equity firm Huron Capital, shares his knowledge on selecting the best advisor for your deal. In this podcast, he answers the question: what should you look for when you pick an advisor for your deal team?

Today's guests:
Mark Miller
Director at Susquehanna Private Capital, LLC
15 Sep
podcasts
strategy
diligence

How Empathy Makes Mergers and Acquisitions Successful

John Derusso, Director of Corporate Development Integration with Cisco Systems, discusses the importance of practicing empathy during M&A integration for more successful and productive outcomes.

Today's guests:
John DeRusso
Director of Acquisition Integration at Cisco
20 Jun
podcasts
diligence

Why Decisive Communication is Vital for a Successful Integration

On this episode, Jeremie Bacon, CEO, and co-founder of Chicago-based Synap Software Labs, discusses the importance of truly considering cultural synergy when conducting M&A deals.

Today's guests:
Jeremie Bacon
CEO, and co-founder of Chicago-based Synap Software Labs
23 Mar
podcasts
integration

How to Sell A Bank: The True Story of Ups and Downs of M&A Banking

In this episode, Matt Gambs, ‎a Senior Vice President at Wintrust Financial, is very familiar with the community banking realm. In this podcast, Gambs gives advice on picking advisors and investments, and how to learn from failures in your career.

Today's guests:
Matt Gambs
Senior Vice President at Wintrust Financial
14 Mar
podcasts
diligence
integration

How Strong Relationships Lead to Successful M&A

Scott Kaeser, Vice President at United American Security, shares his experience regarding deal hurdles, disasters, and managing successful processes. In this podcast, Kaesar discusses the importance of interpersonal relationships for deal success, post-close surprises, how to learn from a deal gone wrong, and when to just walk away.

Today's guests:
Scott Kaeser
Owner / Head Of Corporate Development at First Choice Dental Lab
7 Feb
podcasts
strategy
integration

The Importance of Conducting a Quality of Earnings in M&A

On this episode Andrew Jordan, a Director at Cohen & Company, shares his knowledge on M&A and quality of earnings, and specifically, how they correlate with each other.

Today's guests:
Andrew Jordan
Director at Cohen & Company
1 Feb
podcasts
diligence

Leadership During a Downturn

Downturns bring a variety of challenges for leaders: Changing strategy, negotiating with vendors/landlords, taking care of your people, handling lay-offs.

Today's guests:
Gireesh Sonnad
CEO at Silverline
Jeremie Bacon
CEO, and co-founder of Chicago-based Synap Software Labs
Eero Pikat
President & CTO at Barchart
Zhu-Song Mei
Founder & CEO at BigMarker.com
live-podcasts
General

How to Set Up an Agile Process with DealRoom

M&A has many common pain points including M&A pain points including prioritization, inefficient information distribution, and integration planning. Learn how Agile M&A can help.

Today's guests:
Kison Patel
CEO and Founder of DealRoom, CEO and Founder Agile M&A, Executive Producer of M&A Science
live-podcasts
diligence
integration

Why Culture Does Not Matter in M&A

Many people state culture conflict as the number one reason why M&A fails. During this discussion, we discuss an unpopular belief, culture doesn't matter in M&A.

Today's guests:
Bill Clarkin
VP, Head of Data & Analytics at Fiserv
Jonathan Shiery
Director at Guidehouse
Kim Jones
SR. HR M&A Manager and SR. HR Manager XBOX at Microsoft
live-podcasts
diligence
integration

Managing Teams M&A Investment Banking Teams Remotely

Many investment banks that have shifted to working remotely have lost on productivity. In this free training, you will learn how to manage M&A efficiently and completely remote.

Today's guests:
Julia Rollins
Customer Success Manager at DealRoom
webinar
Divestiture
General

Navigating M&A in the Federal Space

Navigating deals in the Federal space is unique and comes with its own world of challenges.

Today's guests:
Peter Clyne
Senior VP of Corp Dev (retired)
Kevin Robbins
Serial entrepreneur and federal market SME
Jeff MacLauchlan
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Rockwell Collins
live-podcasts
strategy

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