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M&A Science is a podcast exploring the intricate world of mergers and acquisitions with industry leaders and practitioners. With an unlimited access to our deal network, these interviews examine M&A trends, culture, and best practices. This podcast is sponsored by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management platform.
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Now displaying: January, 2023
Jan 30, 2023

Michael Frankel, Founder and Managing Partner of Trajectory Capital

Establishing strong connections with a target company is essential in M&A. Securing deals can be challenging, but a strategic approach can result in mutually beneficial outcomes. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Michael Frankel, Founder and Managing Partner of Trajectory Capital, shares his approach to deal-making from first conversations to LOI. 

We want to feature our listeners over the coming months on social media. If you’re a big fan, we’d love to hear about your favorite episode or something valuable you learned from M&A Science. You can send me an email directly at kison@mascience.com

Jan 26, 2023

Guy Fisher, Head of Corporate Development at Suncorp Group (ASX: SUN)

In order for an M&A process to be successful, there must be effective governance in place. Governance is used to manage risks, and ensure that key stakeholders are well-informed and able to provide appropriate oversight throughout a transaction. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Guy Fisher, Head of Corporate Development at Suncorp Group, shares his expertise in setting M&A governance up for efficiency. 

"Speed and efficiency create better outcomes. It reduces confusion and the time for external factors to impact the value of the deal and increases certainty." – Guy Fisher

We want to feature our listeners over the coming months on social media. If you’re a big fan, we’d love to hear about your favorite episode or something valuable you learned from M&A Science. You can send me an email directly at kison@mascience.com

Jan 23, 2023

Thomas Gorman, Strategy & Corporate Development at Pantheon Platform

Mark Khavkin, CFO at Pantheon Platform

Acquiring a company is complex and challenging, and in some instances, unnecessary. If buyers only need the people inside of a target company, they can do an acquihire instead of a traditional acquisition. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Thomas Gorman, Strategy & Corporate Development at Pantheon Platform, and Mark Khavkin, CFO at Pantheon Platform, discusses executing acquihires.

We want to feature our listeners over the coming months on social media. If you’re a big fan, we’d love to hear about your favorite episode or something valuable you learned from M&A Science. You can send me an email directly at kison@mascience.com

Jan 19, 2023

Josh Holleman, Partner at Cooley LLP

In recent years, there has been a surge in using reps & warranty insurance in M&A, especially in private deals. Buyers and sellers can save significant time and money using reps and warranties insurance.

In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Josh Holleman, Partner at Cooley LLP, discusses how to approach reps and warranties insurance.

This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom, the fastest virtual data room used to get deals done. Leave the pay-per-page world behind by going to https://firmroom.com/

Jan 16, 2023

Ken Bond, Head of Corporate Development at Cetera Financial Group

Before buyers and sellers agree to an LOI, there are many informal conversations that happen in the background. Buyers must carefully approach any informal conversations to avoid turning a buyer off while still securing the deal. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Ken Bond, Head of Corporate Development at Cetera Financial Group, discusses the key things to consider during pre-LOI conversations.

We want to feature our listeners over the coming months on social media. If you’re a big fan, we’d love to hear about your favorite episode or something valuable you learned from M&A Science. You can send me an email directly at kison@mascience.com

Jan 12, 2023

Gitanjali Pundir, Vice President, Global Corporate Development and M&A at Visa (NYSE: V)

Today, more than 20 reps and warranty insurance companies exist. And unlike before, they are now willing to cover the entire suite of reps and warranties to replace the indemnification provisions in a traditional purchase agreement. So are they worth it? Should buyers consider reps and warranty insurance on all their deals? 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Gitanjali Pundir, Vice President, Global Corporate Development and M&A at Visa, discusses representations and warranties from a business perspective.

Jan 9, 2023

Jeremy Segal, Executive Vice President Corporate Development at Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS)

Deal origination requires a well-planned strategy, and starts with informal conversations with a potential target.

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Jeremy Segal, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Progress, discusses what happens from first conversations to LOI.

This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy. Check out corporate training plans to connect your team with M&A knowledge straight from the best in the industry. They'll also gain access to the entire M&A Science community. For information on group plans, visit https://ma-science.webflow.io/podcast-commercial.

Jan 5, 2023

Veena Ramaswamy, Head of Corporate Development at Lemonade (NYSE: LMND) 

Executing acquisitions without a dedicated function is highly inefficient and results in failed deals. Companies should not purely rely on inbound opportunities, and need strategic teams dedicated to sourcing deals. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Veena Ramaswamy, Head of Corporate Development at Lemonade, discusses how to create a corporate development function.

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This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy. Check out corporate training plans to connect your team with M&A knowledge straight from the best in the industry. They'll also gain access to the entire M&A Science community. For information on group plans, visit https://ma-science.webflow.io/podcast-commercial.

Jan 2, 2023

Rohit Dave, Head of Corporate Development at Block (NYSE: SQ)

M&A is an excellent tool for growing a company. Still, acquirers should consider a variety of strategies before committing to a transaction. Choosing the right growth approach also dictates any integration plans. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Rohit Dave, Head of Corporate Development at Block, discusses executing various M&A strategies and how to get the CEO on board.

Liked today's episode? Unlock over 60 courses taught by top-tier M&A practitioners by joining the M&A Science Academy. Use code “academy20%” on the sign-up page for a 20% discount, available on either monthly or annual plans. https://www.mascience.com/academy

Want to learn about upcoming interviews, events, and industry trends? Sign up for our weekly newsletter. https://www.mascience.com/newsletter-signup 

If you’re a head of corporate development and looking to build up a world-class M&A team, reach out to me at kison@mascience.com.

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