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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: June, 2023
Jun 26, 2023

Ritika Butani, Head of Corporate Development at Toast 

This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom. 

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Episode Timestamps

00:00 Intro

04:22 Secrets to overcoming hurdles

05:51 Challenges in M&A

09:58 Complexities of smaller deals

12:43 Handling people in a smaller company

13:50 Cultural assessment

15:24 Culture ends up killing the deal

17:03 Tax Issues

18:58 HR issues

20:44 Contractual Issues

23:41 Change of control and assignment

25:05 Risks Mitigation

26:58 Finding good lawyers

28:34 Integration planning

30:05 Integration planning vs. hypothesis

32:44 No dedicated integration lead

34:34 Principles of doing deals

37:31 Non-negotiables

39:40 Dealing with issues

41:44 Surprise Issues

44:08 Craziest thing in M&A

 

Jun 19, 2023

Finn Haley, SVP, Corporate Development at Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW)

This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom. 

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Episode Timestamps

00:00 Intro

08:53 Option structure

14:04 Exit cap

16:11 Drivers for the structure

18:28 Alignment with the strategy

20:35 Monitoring progress and milestones

22:16 Moving fast

24:08 Failed startups

26:16 Risks

30:09 Exercising the option

33:54 Why deals don’t push through

38:53 Innovation

40:13 Approaching a company for the buy-to-build option structure

43:20 Craziest thing in M&A

 

Jun 12, 2023

Mark Legaspi, Director, Legal - Corporate at LinkedIn

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Episode Timestamps

00:00 Intro

02:53 Key Considerations for M&A in 2023

05:22 Regulatory Challenges

09:41 Effect of Regulatory on Negotiations

15:43 Managing Value

17:51 Other Considerations Regarding Regulatory Risks

20:38 Suing the Regulatory Bodies

32:18 Regulatory Effects on Employees

34:08 Other Deal Killers in M&A

38:04 Trademarks Killing Deals

40:30 Market situation with IPs

42:22 Deal Breaks Due to IP

43:48 Advice for Deal Teams

46:39 Craziest thing in M&A

 

Jun 5, 2023

David Hindley, VP of Corp Dev at Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK)

This episode is sponsored by the M&A Science Academy, DealRoom, and FirmRoom. 

To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit https://www.mascience.com/academy. Don’t forget to use the code “podcast” at checkout. 

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Episode Timestamps

00:00 Intro

05:00 The Evolution of M&A Functions

06:48 Deal experience as a Banker vs. Corp Dev

15:04 Leading an evolving M&A function

16:13 How the strategy evolved 

18:07 Scoring opportunities

19:28 Speeding up the evolution for efficiency

21:31 Working with functional leads

22:29 Aligning the functions

24:10 Business Units

25:08 Corporate Development structure

27:57 Accountability

29:11 Working with integration folks

32:41 Evolution of the governance model

33:56 Success metrics

35:42 Retaining deal learnings

37:04 The hiring process

40:19 Lessons learned

41:26 Craziest thing in M&A

 

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