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M&A Science

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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Mar 14, 2022
John Morada, COO at M&A Science + DealRoom Are you looking to pivot into an M&A integration career? Over the past decade, the importance of integration has become more prevalent. Practitioners have realized that integration is where you make or break value.  However, the role and skills needed for integration leaders remain the same.

In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, John Morada, COO at M&A Science, will be sharing how to pivot into an M&A integration career, and the essential skills needed for the role.

Things you will learn in this episode:

- How to transition to an M&A integration role

- Attributes of a good integration leader 

- Primary role of an integration leader 

- Future of M&A integration 

- Importance and function of an IMO 

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Mar 7, 2022
Larry Forman, Senior Manager at Deloitte

It's no secret that M&A transactions require negotiations. But what most people don't realize is how you approach negotiations can determine the success of the overall transaction and your future relationship with the other party. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Larry Forman, Senior Manager at Deloitte, helps us understand how to approach M&A negotiations to increase deal success. 

Things you will learn in this episode:

- The three pillars of negotiating

- How to negotiate an LOI

- Negotiating sensitive information during diligence

- How to handle limitations of liability

- Things to watch out for in non-compete clauses 

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Feb 28, 2022

Naomi O'Brien, Head of M&A Integration at Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON)

 

Is your company's M&A process out of date? M&A has dramatically changed over the past few years, and practitioners have realized that there are better ways to go about acquisitions. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Naomi O'Brien, Head of M&A Integration at Honeywell, talks about modernizing a process-based company.

- Things you will learn in this episode:

- The biggest challenge in a process-based company

- How to train people for M&A

- Ensuring integration success

- Selecting integration leaders

- The effect of the great resignation to M&A

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Feb 21, 2022
Kerry Perez, Head of Diligence and Integration Management Office (M&A) at AMN Healthcare Corporate development typically involves their integration team a couple of weeks before closing a deal. And while this is good practice, we are here to take things further.

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Kerry Perez, Head of Diligence and Integration Management Office (M&A) at AMN Healthcare, talks about the benefits of involving integration earlier and how to stand up a diligence and integration management office. 

Things you will learn in this episode:

-The difference between DIMO and IMO

-How they pick the integration lead

-What their diligence team looks like

-Kerry's role in every deal

-How to build a steering committee 

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Feb 14, 2022
Henry Schuck, CEO & Founder at Zoominfo | Nasdaq Listed: ZI Acquiring capabilities is one of the most effective ways to do M&A. Not only will acquiring capabilities improve your existing offerings but it can also expand your market.  In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Henry Schuck, co-founder and CEO of Zoominfo, shares his experience on how to acquire capabilities. 

Things you will learn in this episode:

-What it means to acquire capabilities

-Zoominfo’s M&A process from start to finish

-His role as CEO during acquisitions

-How to effectively drive change management 

-Lessons learned on failed acquisitions

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Feb 7, 2022
Tomer Stavitsky, Corporate Development, Partnerships and M&A Lead, Digital & Data Business Unit at Intuitive Surgical. In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Tomer Stavitsky, Corporate Development, M&A Lead at Intuitive Surgical, talks about creating the proper governance structure in M&A deals. 

Things you will learn in this episode:

-How to solidify your corporate strategy

-Creating the right deal team

-Keeping your deal team aligned

-How to lead an M&A deal from diligence to integration

-Setting up your governance structure

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Jan 31, 2022

Tim Wentworth, CEO of Evernorth, a Cigna Corporation company (NYSE: CI)

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Tim Wentworth, CEO of Evernorth, (the CEO of Express Scripts at that time of sale), will share his experiences on the deal and how leadership and culture made this transaction successful.

What you will learn in this episode:

-Keys to successful acquisitions

-How to focus on culture and values

-The role of the CEO on M&A deals

-Why focusing on customers is crucial

-Common mistakes that people make regarding culture

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Jan 24, 2022

Noah Waisberg, Co-Founder & CEO - Zuva; Author of "AI for Lawyers"

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Noah Waisberg, Co-Founder & CEO - Zuva shares his experience and top learnings after he creatively decided to sell his own company, Kira to Litera in 2021.

Things you will learn in this episode:

-What made Noah sell his company even though he was reluctant at first

-How empathy and creativity helped Noah create more value to shareholders

-Why they opted out of an auction process

-How easy the TSA was for both companies

-Noah’s biggest lessons learned from selling his company

-Advice for founders looking for an exit

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Jan 17, 2022

Charles Breed, VP Corporate Development at Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CREL) 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Charles Breed, VP of Corporate Development at Corel Corporation, talks about how to hire a corporate development team that fits into your M&A strategy.

When you’re building a corporate development function, the first thing you need to do is hire a head of corporate development, but hiring is not as simple as it sounds. The head of corporate development needs to fit into the overall strategy.

Things you will learn in this episode:

-What to look for in when hiring a head of corporate development

-The role of the head of corporate development

-Skills required for a corporate development leader

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Jan 10, 2022

Klint Kendrick, Chair of the HR M&A Round Table

After over 100 podcast interviews, we have collected more than 40 lessons learned from top practitioners worldwide. In those lessons, we saw a recurring theme: creating a better people experience in M&A is key to a successful transaction. 

The biggest value leak after a deal closes is losing key employees and people. In this episode, HR expert Klint Kendrick, Chair of the HR M&A Round Table, is going to share with us best practices on how to retain key employees. 

Listen in and learn about:

-The biggest shift in the M&A industry

-Best practices for successful integration

-The importance of empathy 

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Jan 3, 2022

Gwen Pope, Head of Global Product M&A at eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY)

Creating a go-to-market plan is one of the first things to do during an acquisition. In this interview, Gwen Pope, Head of Global Product M&A at eBay, will be sharing how to make M&A GTM successful. 

Listen in and learn about:

- The importance of getting your house in order

- How to pressure test your deal rationale

- Steps to building your GTM plan

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Dec 27, 2021

Kunal Jain, Director at William Blair, Health Care Investment Banking

The M&A market is not what it used to be. Markets change all the time, and the M&A industry is no exception. Especially with COVID-19, the M&A market has been crazy the past couple of years. Helping us understand M&A market trends from a banker's perspective is Kunal Jain, Director at William Blair, Health Care Investment Banking. 

 Listen in and learn about:

- The biggest changes in the M&A market

- How strategic buyers and PE firms fair in this new environment

- How bankers are thriving in this new landscape of M&A

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Dec 20, 2021

Harry Kraemer Jr, Professor of Management and Strategy at Kellogg School of Management

Change management is the tilting point of every M&A deal. Preserving the value that you just acquired is dependent on how you retain key employees. In this episode of the M&A science podcast, Harry Kraemer, Jr, Professor of Management and Strategy at Kellogg School of Management, talks about how effective leadership helps overcome change management challenges. Listen in and learn about:

- how leaders can help retention

- the importance of feedback mechanisms

- how to create an environment where your people can thrive

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Dec 13, 2021

Jim Buckley, Vice President of M&A at VMware (NYSE: VMW)

M&A deals are bound to get complicated. The key to success is keeping it as simple as possible, for as long as possible. In this continuation of last week’s interview, Jim Buckley, Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions Integration at VMware talks about how to update your M&A Management Approach. Listen in and learn all about:

- the 5x5 framework that you can use to keep your process simple

- what to focus on during change management

- how to ensure team alignment

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Dec 6, 2021

Jim Buckley, Vice President of M&A at VMware (NYSE: VMW)

Integration can be difficult but it’s, without a doubt, the most important part of M&A. In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Kison interviews Jim Buckley, Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions Integration at VMware as he talks about how to create a successful integration plan. Here’s what you’ll learn:

- Why working backwards is best in integration planning

- What makes a successful integration leader

- How to measure success

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Nov 29, 2021

Ken Bond, Head of Corporate Development at Cetera Financial Group

Building M&A teams require different considerations based on your growth strategy. In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Kison interviews Ken Bond, Head of Corporate Development at Cetera Financial Group on how he structures teams approaching diligence. Here’s what you’ll learn:

- The three functions you need to build your M&A team

- How to determine the ideal M&A team size for your strategy

- The role of the project manager in the M&A team

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Nov 22, 2021

Mark Khavkin, CFO of Pantheon Platform

NDAs are often overlooked as people tend to fall into the trap of thinking they can be templated. In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Kison interviews Mark Khavkin, CFO of Pantheon Platform about NDAs, how to negotiate them, and their structures. Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Why NDAs are not routine legal documents
  • The fundamentals of NDAs
  • Negotiating NDAs depending on the type of deal you have

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Nov 15, 2021

Cameron Weiner, VP of Strategic Development and Head of M&A at Shopko Optical

To buy or build, that is the question! In this interview with Cameron Weiner, VP of Strategic Development, Head of M&A at Shopko Optical, he shares how his team determines whether to buy or build a business. Here's what you'll learn:

 

- How to approach targets

- Considerations when buying or building a business

- Resources for deal origination

 

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Nov 8, 2021

Punit Micocha, Executive Vice President, Business and Corporate Development at Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS)

M&A deals are never easy and require rigorous planning. In this interview, Punit Micocha, Executive Vice President, Business and Corporate Development at Zscaler, shares how to execute successful deals by planning the end game. Learn about:

 

- Creating the deal vision pre-LOI

- Why planning for integration early is crucial

- The 3 elements of negotiating with employees

 

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Nov 1, 2021

Pragnya Kashinath, M&A Consultant at Deloitte

A go-to-market strategy is one of the most important things in an acquisition. In this week's podcast, we're featuring Kison's interview with Pragnya Kashinath. At the time of this interview, she was the Director of M&A, Corporate Strategy at Cognizant. Now, she's an M&A Consultant at Deloitte. Pragnya shares how to create a successful GTM strategy from the very beginning of a transaction and the challenges you need to watch out for. Learn about:

 

- Pragnya's unique role on the business side versus on the corporate development team

- How not to overestimate synergy models

- Customizing the customer journey

 

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Oct 25, 2021

Sabeeh Khan, Director, Corporate Strategy & Development at Syniti

Aaron Whiting, M&A Integration and Strategic Programs at ContinuumCloud

Managing a deal can be complicated, especially on larger deals. You need experienced leaders from both ends of the spectrum. In this interview, we talk about how to manage 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. Here's what you'll learn:

 

- Why you should use pipeline management tools other than Excel

- The importance of having a go to market strategy before closing the deal

- How to gather intelligence aside from industry conferences

 

This episode is sponsored by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Access the most up-to-date and accurate data on private companies in a single web-based platform so you can get all the resources you need to create a winning pitch.

Oct 18, 2021

Trish Mosconi, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer & Corporate Development at Synchrony (NYSE: SYF)

Culture is one of the most controversial and hot topics in the world of M&A. On this episode of M&A Science, Trish Mosconi, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer & Corporate Development at Synchrony discusses how to stay true to culture during a deal. In the interview, she talks about how her team walked away from an almost perfect deal due to cultural differences. You'll hear about:

 

- When to involve HR

- How to approach integration to stay true to the target company

- When to walk away from a deal

 

This episode is sponsored by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Access the most up-to-date and accurate data on private companies in a single web-based platform so you can get all the resources you need to create a winning pitch.

Oct 11, 2021

Karen Ashley, Vice President of Corporate Development Integration at Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)

Cisco is one of the largest and most successful acquirers in the world. On this week's episode of the podcast, Kison spoke with Cisco's Vice President of Corporate Development Integration, Karen Ashley. We looked at their deal process and how they commit to integration from start to finish. Here's what you'll learn:

 

- The importance of strategy meetings

- The 3 success metrics

- Why their integration team leads operational diligence

 

This episode is sponsored by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Access the most up-to-date and accurate data on private companies in a single web-based platform so you can get all the resources you need to create a winning pitch.

Oct 4, 2021

Duncan Painter, CEO of Ascential (LON: ASCL)

In this week's episode of the M&A Science podcast, we're learning about transformative M&A. In Kison's recent interview with Duncan Painter, CEO of Ascential, we talk about what a “transformative deal” means to their organization and how they achieve deal success. Here's what you'll learn:

- How to build a transformative M&A strategy

- How divestitures can transform your business

- Why you need to commit to the strategy

This episode is sponsored by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Access the most up-to-date and accurate data on private companies in a single web-based platform so you can get all the resources you need to create a winning pitch. 

Sep 27, 2021

Russ Hartz, Vice President of Corporate Development at Ansys (NASDAQ: ANSS)

Hiring a bank to facilitate a divestiture is an option, not a necessity. Kison Patel interviewed Russ Hartz, VP Corp Dev at Ansys, to talk about his vast experience of successfully executing divestitures without a bank. Here's what you'll learn:

 

- The importance of constant business evaluation

- How to create a competitive buyers' pool

- How to know which buyer is right for the company

 

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