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 100% uncut interviews examine M&A trends, culture, and best practices. This podcast is sponsored by DealRoom, a diligence management and virtual data room platform for complex financial transactions.
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Mar 4, 2020

On this episode, Kison talks with PJ Patel, Co-CEO and Senior Managing Director at Valuation Research Corporation (VRC). VRC is a full-service, independent, global valuation firm that focuses exclusively on valuations that offer judgment beyond modeling. Kison and PJ discuss how to navigate intangible asset valuation in today’s market, how the current M&A climate is affecting valuation, and how to avoid the most common mistakes when conducting a valuation.

Feb 21, 2020

In this episode, Kison Patel discusses the groundbreaking research done by Dr. Keith Dunbar. As a Managing Partner at JKD Talent Solutions, his team delivers actionable leadership intelligence. With this intelligence, we enhance clients’ long-term profitability and growth by providing a unique, holistic view of leadership capabilities. 

Keith gives insight into how leadership has more of an impact than culture, which is contrary to popular belief, and who actually has a bigger impact on deal success - middle management or C suite. They also cover why it’s taken so long for people to realize how much leadership impacts the success of a deal, how to look for those leadership traits in your staff, and what works the best in terms of incentivizing leadership in your team.

Feb 5, 2020

Kison speaks with Nichelle Maynard-Elliot, a corporate M&A Executive, public company board member, and corporate dealmaker with over 20 years of financial and legal experience in M&A business development and strategic partnerships at Fortune 300 multinational corporations and top-ranked international/boutique law firms. She’s a highly experienced corporate attorney lawyer, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. 


Jan 8, 2020

Kison speaks with Richard Harmon, a Managing Director at CSG Partners, a firm that helps owners of private, middle market companies achieve equity monetization while addressing personal goals. In this podcast, they discuss how ESOPs can harvest equity, enhance liquidity, and create tax advantages.


Dec 18, 2019

Kison speaks with Anirvan Sen, the Founder and Managing Director of Fifth Chrome, a professional advisory firm that specializes in M&A integration and operational growth. In this podcast, they discuss creating deal value by focusing more on growth capabilities and revenue synergies than cost synergies.

Dec 4, 2019

Kison speaks with Jillian Kaebel-Sisk, an HR Global Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures Manager at Caterpillar. This podcast covers how HR practitioners plan for and executive divestitures. They also discuss carve-out and divestiture challenges, as well as TSA agreements, asset vs. stock sale, due diligence, and more.

Nov 20, 2019

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. This podcast covers how you can deliver maximum value from divestitures. We will discuss how divestitures, like acquisitions, can become a positive and transformational process. 

Nov 6, 2019

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. This podcast follows Toby's article, Driving Transformation Through M&A, in which he discusses how M&A transactions are becoming necessary transformational strategies for companies in the modern marketplace. 

Oct 23, 2019

Kison speaks with Jordan Lampos, a director specializing in healthcare M&A at Duff & Phelps, about how to best prepare a company for an acquisition and the role project management plays in improving this process. 

Sep 11, 2019

Kison speaks with Scott Kaeser, the Executive VP of Corporate Development for United American Security, a GardaWorld company, on sourcing strategies for successful deals. 


Aug 28, 2019

Kison speaks with Jill Harrison and Steve Siler about which technology trends are addressing some of the M&A industry's largest challenges. Jill is the Vice President of Ventures at Silverline and Steve is the CTO of Stonebriar Commercial Finance. 

Aug 13, 2019

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. 

On 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. 

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Jul 31, 2019

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.

Jul 10, 2019

During this episode, Kison and Jai discuss the best strategies for identifying, extracting and protecting value drivers during the due diligence process and most importantly while conducting integration post-close.

Jun 26, 2019

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.

Jun 12, 2019

On this episode, Kison speaks with Dawn White, an M&A Integration Manager at Corning. Dawn explains the importance of conducting cultural assessments during M&A transactions and explores how these assessments can lead to stronger deal outcomes, increased value creation and an overall happier and more productive workforce.

May 29, 2019

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

May 16, 2019

The Founding Partners of the M&A advisory firm, Agile Gorilla, discuss their agile, modern approach to deal and integration management.

May 1, 2019

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.

Apr 18, 2019

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.

Apr 3, 2019

In this podcast, Kison interviews James Harris, Principle of Corporate Development Integration at Google. They explore the ways in which deal practitioners can implement a more Agile approach to each step of M&A, from due diligence to integration.  

Jul 19, 2018

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.

Jul 12, 2018

In this episode, Kison interviews corporate and business development consultant 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 an integration, and confidential data protection.

Jun 25, 2018

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.

Jun 12, 2018

In this episode, Kison interviews mergers and acquisitions attorney Luke Fedlam, who shares his knowledge on working with and outside counsel, representing the seller, sending letters of intent, setting up a financial plan, and how to transaction showstoppers beforehand.

00.00 /  05.00 / help from the outside council

05.00 / due diligence and letters of intent, bankers

10.00 / 15.000 timeline and risks, showstoppers

15.00 / 20.00 renegotiating terms

20.00 / 25.00 renegotiation purchase price

25.00 / 30.00 financial leverage

30.00 / 35.00 integration process

35.00 / 40.00 cultural and transparency

40.00 / 47.00 outgoing owners and engagement, CEOS sabotaging transaction

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