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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: October, 2023
Oct 30, 2023

Joe Metzger, Managing Director at 777 Partners

Navigating a career shift can be a transformative experience, unlocking new opportunities and challenges. For Joe Metzger, Managing Director at 777 Partners, diving into the world of private equity was an exciting path to explore. It's a chance to grow expertise, collaborate with diverse entities, and embrace strategic growth.

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Joe shares his amazing journey shifting from corporate development to private equity.

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Craving for fresh, actionable M&A insights? Dive into the M&A Science Fall Summit this Nov 8th! Unlock secrets on integration, valuations, talent retention, and more from top M&A minds. It’s all the ‘how-tos’ you need, and it’s FREE! Secure your spot at mascience.com.

Episode Timestamps

00:00 Intro

05:02 Transitioning from Corporate Development to Private Equity

08:59 Corporate Development role vs Private Equity role

12:10 Seeking employment opportunities

16:16 The efficient frontier concept

20:06 Are you happier in private equity than in corporate development?

24:17 How to negotiate employment offers

26:48 Other things to negotiate in employment agreements

30:47 How to land a PE role

33:34 Advice to those considering transitioning between Corp Dev and Private Equity

34:52 How to transition to a PE role from a VC and M&A role

36:03 Craziest thing in M&A

 

Oct 23, 2023

Chris Evans, Experienced M&A Leader | former Head of CorpDev Integration at Amazon and Scott Boyd, Deputy Director, Strategy Implementation at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | former Head of Integration for AWS. (NASDAQ: AMZN)

Change management is one of the most crucial aspects of M&A. While integration involves multiple facets, from supply chains to customers, change management is solely focused on the employees. This can make or break a deal, as employee retention is one of the main ingredients to achieving synergies in a timely manner.

In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, Chris Evans, former Head of CorpDev Integration at Amazon and Scott Boyd, former Head of Integration for AWS, discusses integration strategies change management person.  particularly the nuisances of change management.

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Craving for fresh, actionable M&A insights? Dive into the M&A Science Fall Summit this Nov 8th! Unlock secrets on integration, valuations, talent retention, and more from top M&A minds. It’s all the ‘how-tos’ you need, and it’s FREE! Secure your spot at MAscience.com!

Episode Timestamps

00:00 Intro

02:26 Integration Strategy vs Change Management

06:50 Definition of Change Management

09:55 Dedicated Person for Change Management

14:03 Change Management Planning

16:16 Most Effective Approach to Change Management

19:32 Common Challenges during Change Management

24:25 Practical Tips for Change Management

26:49 Hardest Step in M&A

33:38 Craziest Thing in M&A

 

Oct 16, 2023

Chris Evans, Experienced M&A Leader | former head of CorpDev Integration at Amazon and Scott Boyd, Deputy Director, Strategy Implementation at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | former Head of Integration for AWS. (NASDAQ: AMZN)

In the complex world of M&A, the difference between a successful deal and a failed one often hinges on integration. Proper integration, driven by a harmonious fusion of strategy and execution, ensures that the merging entities can effectively combine their strengths and navigate potential pitfalls. 

In this two-part episode of the M&A Science Podcast, we dive deep into the heart of integration strategies and underscores the pivotal role of the integration team during the due diligence process, featuring Chris Evans, ex-Head of CorpDev Integration at Amazon and Scott Boyd, former Head of Integration for AWS.

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Craving for fresh, actionable M&A insights? Dive into the M&A Science Fall Summit this Nov 8th! Unlock secrets on integration, valuations, talent retention, and more from top M&A minds. It’s all the ‘how-tos’ you need, and it’s FREE! Secure your spot at  mascience.com.

Episode Timestamps

00:00 Intro

06:11 Types of Integration Strategies

09:14 Transformative Integration

11:39 Deals Easy to Integrate

13:24 Most difficult thing to Integrate

15:40 Timeline of integration planning

20:26 Benefits of Integration teams running diligence

25:49 Integration Teams’ Diligence Execution

28:46 Structuring the M&A Function

34:39 Consistency vs. agility

40:10 Understanding culture pre LOI

44:34 Working with inexperienced business leaders

46:59 Questions to ask pre-LOI as an Integration leader

 

Oct 9, 2023

Roy Schoenberg, President & Co-CEO at Amwell - American Well Corporation (NYSE:AMWL)

The healthcare industry is a complex and rigid space where change is often rejected. Any evolution in this sector not only signifies business decisions but also influences the overall quality and accessibility of patient care. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Roy Schoenberg, President & Co-CEO at Amwell, delves into the intricacies of navigating M&A in the healthcare industry.

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

To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit www.mascience.com/academy

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Episode Timestamps

00:00 Intro

04:26 Evolving from a medical background to M&A

07:27 What makes the healthcare space distinct

09:36 What drove Amwell to do acquisitions

13:03 Shaping the acquisition strategy

16:59 Amwell’s first acquisition

22:29 Integrating the new company

24:50 Retaining key people

28:33 First acquisition lessons learned

31:03 Dealing with transaction surprises

34:03 Approaching deals as one of the main principal

38:01 Deal sourcing

39:49 Managing relationships with the counterparty

41:30 Communication during diligence

43:14 Craziest thing in M&A

 

Oct 2, 2023

Mark Rayfield, CEO of Saint-Gobain North America (EPA: SGO) and CertainTeed

Integration is not just about combining processes and systems. It is about bridging cultures and creating a shared identity. However, integrating two organizations can be complex, especially when it comes to managing major cultural differences. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, we explore key strategies  for effectively balancing culture during an integration, featuring Mark Rayfield, CEO of Saint-Gobain North America and CertainTeed.

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

To join our growing online community of M&A practitioners, visit www.mascience.com/academy

Ready to take your M&A to the next level with software made to manage each stage of the deal process? See how DealRoom can facilitate your next deal at www.dealroom.net

FirmRoom provides 80% cost savings over VDRs that bill by page and delivers a far better user experience to boot. Sign up in under 2 minutes by going to www.firmroom.com

Episode Timestamps

00:00 Intro

05:50 Culture in M&A

09:59 Acquiring a competitor

11:18 Team Alignment

13:24 Understanding culture

15:45 Difficulties of Culture

16:52 Improving decision-making

18:55 Challenges for smaller companies

20:37 Lessons learned from acquisitions

24:58 Establishing strong communication

27:14 Advice on Integration

31:08 Retaining lessons learned

32:49 Ensuring deal value

34:40 Governance and M&A activities

37:20 Success metrics

38:59 Messaging with key investors

40:20 Non-core acquisitions

41:19 Cultural aspect of non-core acquisition

43:02 Craziest thing in M&A

 

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