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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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Sep 20, 2021

Peter Linas, CPO and EVP Corporate Development at Bullhorn

If you’re an infrequent buyer, you might be thinking about how to maximize your existing resources. Kison Patel spoke to Peter Linas, CPO & EVP Corporate Development at Bullhorn. Peter talks about managing a corporate development team in an infrequent acquisition environment. Here's what you'll learn:

- Staffing Up Internal Vs. External Resources

- Key Areas to Hire Advisors

- Determining the Integration Lead

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Sep 13, 2021

Christina Amiry, Head of M&A Strategic Operations, Integration at Atlassian (NASDAQ: TEAM)

The Covid-19 pandemic has completely transformed how most people work, and M&A is no different. Atlassian is one of the first companies to make acquisitions fully remote. In this interview, Christina Amiry, Head of M&A Strategic Operations, Integration at Atlassian, discusses how to evolve your M&A integration function in the digital era. You will hear about:

- How Atlassian made the switch to completely virtual

- The acquisition of Chartio

- How to have a mindset of change

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Sep 7, 2021

Adam Coffey, CEO at CoolSys, Refrigeration and HVAC Systems

This week's episode of the M&A Science podcast is about how PE firms can ramp up the growth of their businesses using the buy and build strategy. Kison interviewed Adam Coffey, CEO at CoolSys, Refrigeration and HVAC Systems, and author of The Private Equity Playbook. Here's what you'll learn:

- What is a buy and build strategy

- When you should consider this strategy

- How to build a team to implement this strategy

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Aug 30, 2021

Jay Dettling, CEO of Ansira

Everyone wants to preserve the value of the target company. This week on the podcast, let's learn from Jay Dettling, CEO of Ansira, about the best way to preserve value in M&A. He also shares his advice for CEOs who are getting acquired for the first time. Hear about:

- How to communicate your Ethos to the buyer

- Creating value during integration

- Integration vs. value creation

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Aug 23, 2021

Michael DeVita, Success Strategy Lead at Salesforce (NYSE: CRM)

Integration is crucial to realizing deal value. In this interview with Michael DeVita, Success Strategy Lead at Salesforce, we talked about integration best practices, the importance of having dedicated resources, and why you should measure integration success. Here's what you'll learn in this episode:


- Common challenges in assessing value realization

- Dealing with a confidential process

- The lack of success metrics in M&A

 

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Aug 16, 2021

Darshan Mehta, President and CEO of Reliance Retail Limited (NSE: RELIANCE)

Reliance Retail Limited is one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. Learn how they manage multiple deal structures and form successful partnerships in India directly from their President and CEO, Darshan Mehta. In this episode, you'll hear about:

- Deal structures used by Reliance Retail Limited

- How to engage with brands

- Advice for brands looking to enter the Indian market

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Aug 9, 2021

Rhonda Rein, Director of Corporate Development at Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI)

We’ve had discussions about buy-side divestitures, but we rarely talk about it from the seller's perspective. I recently spoke with Rhonda Rein, Director of Corporate Development at Thomson Reuters. She shared her vast experiences in executing divestitures and how to make them work. Here's what you'll learn:

- The complexities of divestitures

- The steps of a divestiture

- How early to start your TSA

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Aug 2, 2021

Ailene Holderness, Head of M&A at IAC (NASDAQ: IAC)

How do you manage a multi-vertical M&A strategy? IAC (NASDAQ: IAC) is one of the world’s leaders when it comes to building consumer internet companies such as Tinder, Expedia, and Vimeo. Ailene Holderness, IAC's Head of M&A shares their strategy and how they build a team to execute on that. In this episode you'll learn:

-How to build a diverse M&A team 

-Why you shouldn't just look for current skills in capabilities when hiring a team member

-M&A Approach on Portfolio Companies and New Verticals 

Jul 26, 2021

Jeff Bender, CEO at Harris Computer Systems

What does it take to manage M&A on a large scale? We're going to find out as Jeff Bender, CEO at Harris, shares what their entire process looks like and how they manage massive volumes of M&A investments in their organization. In this episode you'll learn about:

- Platform vs. tuck in transactions

- The centralized structure of services at Harris

- Business development at a high scale

 

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Jul 19, 2021

Jason Lippert, CEO of LCI Industries (NYSE: LCII)

Understanding that not everyone can afford to have big M&A teams, I interviewed Jason Lippert, CEO of LCI Industries. He has only one dedicated M&A person, and he will be teaching us how LCI successfully executes deals with a small team. Here's what you'll learn:

- How to structure a small team for maximum impact

- The deal sourcing process

- Advice for first time CEOs doing acquisitions

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Jul 12, 2021

Randy Tinsley, Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development at Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS)

Hello M&A friends! Do you know how to manage the internal dynamics of your team? In this interview, Randy Tinsley, Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development at Synopsys, shares how he assembles and manages his internal M&A team. Here's what you'll learn:

 

- How to set your team up for success

- Resolving conflicts and disagreements

- Tracking deals post-close

 

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Jul 6, 2021

Jay Jester, Partner at Plexus Capital, LLC

Explore the world of private equity and deal sourcing with me and Jay Jester, Partner at Plexus Capital, LLC. Here are some of my key takeaways:

- Deal origination for PE vs corporate development

- The one deal at a time system

- Developing an origination process

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Jun 28, 2021

Mladen Kresic, Founder and CEO of K&R Negotiation Associates LLC

Do you want to learn how to negotiate like a pro? I recently had a chat with Mladen Kresic, Founder and CEO of K&R Negotiation Associates LLC, and he shared a lot when it comes to negotiating effectively. Here's what you'll learn about:

- Breaking Down Value-Based Negotiations

-  Macro and Micro Agenda of Negotiations

- Tools to Become a Better Negotiator

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Jun 21, 2021

Alexi Venneri, Founder and CEO of Digital Air Strike

What's the secret sauce to executing M&A without a dedicated deal team? According to this week's guest, Alexi Venneri, Founder and CEO of Digital Air Strike, it's all about team alignment. Hear her perspective on:

-  Deal sourcing without a dedicated team

- A CEO's role in confirmatory diligence

- The four values to be successful

This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.

Jun 14, 2021

Bill Stone, CEO of SS&C Technologies (NASDAQ: SSNC)

This week's episode features Bill Stone, CEO of SS&C Technologies. We were lucky enough to hear some of Bill's top tips for conducting acquisitions such as:

- Why Bill doesn't believe in paying nine times sales multiples

- Being on his team's sales calls to ensure his team his performing their best at all times

- In order to preserve value, you must carefully evaluate the talent inside the target company

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Jun 7, 2021

Dustin Intihar, Director, M&A, and Strategic Alliances at Lubrizol (NYSE: LZ)

Finding the right deal is hard, but finding companies that don't want to be found is even harder. Dustin Intihar, Director, M&A, and Strategic Alliances at Lubrizol, joined Kison for an interview and shared his tips and experiences in hunting deals in M&A. Here are some things you'll hear about:


- Seeking the right person

- What the first conversation looks like

- Tools to use for building a pipeline

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Jun 1, 2021

Philip Soar, Executive Chairman and CEO of CloserStill Group PLC

Are you familiar with the trade show industry? It’s very under-appreciated but is gaining a lot of traction now with PE firms. Learn how to prepare your company for a Private Equity acquisition with Philip Soar, Executive Chairman and CEO of CloserStill Group PLC. In this episode you'll hear about:

- The history of trade shows

- Why private equity firms are interested in this industry

- What to look for in a PE partnership

 

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May 24, 2021

Darren Lampert, CEO at GrowGeneration Corporation (NASDAQ: GRWG)

Ever wondered what it's like to go from a private company to a public company? Darren Lampert, CEO at GrowGeneration Corp, has lived through this transition and has shared his experience in our interview. Here are some highlights from the interview:

- Life as a CEO

- Why go public in the first place?

- Acquiring versus building

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May 17, 2021

Martin Richenhagen, former CEO of AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO)

Have you ever wondered why international deals fail so often? Hear from AGCO Corporation's former CEO, Martin Richenhagen, about how leaders can prevent these types of deals from failing. In this episode you'll hear:


- Stories of international deals Martin's worked on

- The keys to a successful international deal

- The importance of brand awareness

May 10, 2021

Scott Hile, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy & Development at Enviva (NYSE: EVA)

Ever wondered what key qualities leadership should have to execute M&A? On this episode, Kison speaks with Scott Hile, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy & Development at Enviva, about specific traits leaders of M&A teams should develop. Learn about:

- Developing trust and empathy

- The importance of communication

- How to influence leaders to start integration early

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May 3, 2021

Allen Gilmer, Founder, Advisor, and former CEO/Chairman of Enverus (formerly Drillinginfo)

On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interview Allen Gilmer, Founder, Advisor, and former CEO/Chairman of Enverus (formerly Drillinginfo) and CoFounder of Vecta Oil & Gas, Ltd., about the role of a board member in M&A. Learn how M&A evolves from founder led acquisitions to overseeing deals as a board member. In this podcast, you will hear about:

- What led to Allen's decision to step back as CEO

- How Allen chose his successor

- What kind of deals Allen looks for as a board member

 

This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.

 

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Apr 26, 2021

Jeff Hennig, Sr. Director, Corporate Development at Xilinx (NASDAQ: XLNX)

On this week's episode of M&A Science, Kison speaks with Jeff Hennig, Sr. Director, Corporate Development at Xilinx, and talked about how to manage communication workstreams in M&A. Here are some key takeaways:

- Importance Of a Dedicated Person for Communication

- Considering Wall Street on Communication Plans

- Considering Target Company on Communication Plans

- What Happens Between Announcement and Close

This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.

 

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Apr 19, 2021

Brett Shawn, Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Warburg Pincus (NYSE: WPCA)

On this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Kison interviews Brett Shawn, Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Warburg Pincus. They discussed how to execute M&A deals from a legal perspective. In this episode you'll learn:

- The Biggest Surprise in Today’s Market

- Thinking Outside the Box for Contractual Risk

- Common Mistakes Non-Lawyers Make

- PE firms vs SPAC

This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.

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Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.

Apr 16, 2021

Michael Frankel, SVP and managing director at Deloitte

Bruce Bowden, CFO at Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ: EPAY)

This is a previous interview that Kison had with Michael Frankel, SVP and managing director at Deloitte, and Bruce Bowden, CFO at Bottomline Technologies about cultivating relationships with deal targets. In this episode, you'll learn:

  • How you can foster relationships with the right targets
  • CEO to CEO relationship
  • The 3 biggest mistakes when cultivating a relationship with a seller
Apr 12, 2021

Andrew Gratz, Associate General Counsel at LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB)

On this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews Andrew Gratz, Associate General Counsel at LyondellBasell, about how a company's legal team should be involved in mergers and acquisitions. In this podcast, you will learn:

- When to involve your legal team in M&A

- The legal team's expectations from the corporate development team

- How legal teams can be helpful during diligence

 

This podcast is brought to you by DealRoom, an M&A lifecycle management software. Go to DealRoom.net to learn more.

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Perfect your M&A practice using Agile. Go to agilema.com to learn how you can close deals faster.

 

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