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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: April, 2024
Apr 29, 2024

Jim Buckley, Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions Integration at VMware

Integration planning is one of the most important aspects of M&A pre-close. Planning after the fact will cause massive delays and value leaks for the entire deal. It is why the integration team must be involved during the due diligence phase. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, we will talk about how to create an executable integration plan during the diligence, featuring Jim Buckley, Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions Integration at VMware.

Things you will learn in this episode:

• How to work as an integration leader

• Building an integration plan

• Pre-LOI integration planning

• Connecting diligence with integration planning

• Defining 'done' in M&A integration

This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom.

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Episode Bookmarks

00:00 Intro
04:41 Navigating corporate transitions
08:31 Aligning the integration leader with the north star
10:02 How to work as an integration leader
11:25 The role of an integration lead
13:31 Building an integration plan
16:25 Focus on revenue and integration
18:51 Pre-LOI integration planning
25:08 M&A due diligence
27:37 Employee integration and customer satisfaction
29:56 Connecting diligence with integration planning
36:20 Approach to team collaboration
39:06 The details of integration plan
41:11 Complexities of M&A integration planning
44:57 Aligning with the target company
46:46 Defining 'done' in M&A integration
49:12 Integration teams leading due diligence
51:38 Leveraging diligence data for effective planning
53:13 Advice for M&A practitioners
55:45 Craziest thing in M&A

Apr 22, 2024

Keith Levy, Operating Partner at Sonoma Brands

Every company must have a strong capital allocation strategy to maximize its potential. Without it, the company may end up missing opportunities and spending money on things that won't help it grow or become more profitable. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Keith Levy, Operating Partner at Sonoma Brands, shares his experience on successful and unsuccessful capital allocation strategies. 

Things you will learn in this episode:

• Strategy vs IRR

• Venture capital vs recapitalization strategy

• Minority vs majority recapitalization

• Evaluating exit strategy

This episode is sponsored by the DealRoom

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Episode Bookmarks

00:00 Intro

11:27 Focusing on organic growth

16:37 Post-merger integration execution

25:01 Strategy vs IRR

26:59 Handling projections

28:07 Integration with Mars

36:20 Role of an operating partner

42:07 Big company vs Small company in M&A

43:39 Venture capital vs recapitalization strategy

48:44 Cashing out from an owner’s perspective

50:42 Minority vs majority recapitalization

54:03 Impact of valuations and interest rates on investment decisions

59:07 Timing on investments

1:01:25 Evaluating exit strategy

1:03:46 Advice for practitioners

1:05:41 Craziest thing in M&A

 

Apr 15, 2024

Gerry Williams, Partner at DLA Piper US LLP and a member of their management committee.

Private equity firms are established for the sole purpose of generating substantial financial returns for its investors. And one of the most effective ways of maximizing investment returns is the roll up strategy. This involves buying small-sized businesses in a highly fragmented industry and combining them into a larger platform. The goal is to improve efficiency and be sold later for a higher price.  

In this episode of the M&A Science podcast, we will discuss roll up strategy in private equity with Gerry Williams, Partner at DLA Piper US LLP.

Things you will learn this episode:

• Industries susceptible to roll up strategy

• Challenges of executing roll up strategy

• Negotiating the LOI in roll up strategy

• Typical deal structure in roll up strategy

• Employing Earnouts in roll up strategy

This episode is sponsored by FirmRoom

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Episode Bookmarks

00:00 Intro

04:06 Industries susceptible to roll up strategy

06:22 The trend of roll up strategy in private equity

10:42 Complexities of Roll up strategy

15:52 Challenges of executing roll up strategy

20:32 How to mitigate risks

24:19 Managing multiple roll up businesses

26:49 Negotiating the LOI in roll up strategy

33:00 Breakup fees on private deals

35:57 Typical deal structure in roll up strategy

43:24 Employing Earnouts in roll up strategy

48:07 Unique negotiations during LOI

49:31 Do’s and Don’ts of executing roll up strategy

52:57 Craziest thing in M&A

 

Apr 8, 2024

Tyler Rodewald, VP, M&A at EIS Holdings

In a world where change is the only constant, businesses are continually seeking innovative ways to stay ahead of the curve. One such method that has gained prominence is the corporate diversification strategy, a multifaceted approach that can lead to new growth avenues and enhanced resilience. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Tyler Rodewald, VP, M&A at EIS Holdings, discusses corporate diversification through M&A.

Things you will learn:

• Corporate diversification strategy

• Drivers of corporate diversification

• People involved in corporate diversification

• Projecting revenue synergies

• Closing deals with competition

This episode is brought to you by the M&A Science Spring Summit 2024 happening on April 10th at 10AM ET. It's your chance to join leading M&A experts as they share innovative and the latest trends from their own deals. Save your spot here.

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Episode Bookmarks

00:00 Intro

02:55 Corporate diversification strategy

03:32 Drivers of corporate diversification

05:22 People involved in corporate diversification

08:00 Communicating the diversification strategy - The number one step

08:51 Customer overlaps on deals

11:17 Capital Allocation

13:41 Proprietary deal vs Bank Deal

15:22 Deal Sourcing

17:57 Closing deals with competition

19:22 Cultural integration

22:03 Handling resistance

23:21 Measuring Success

24:31 Projecting revenue synergies

26:09 Earnouts

30:31 Letter on intent exclusivity

32:10 Combining diligence with integration using DealRoom

36:42 Using DealRoom with Sellers

40:02 Advice for practitioners doing corporate diversification

40:30 AI in M&A

46:34 Craziest thing in M&A

 

 

 

Apr 1, 2024

Andrey Galiuk, Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations

Before doing M&A, it is crucial for acquirers to target the right business, in the right market. Otherwise, it could potentially be a costly mistake that would waste the company’s time and money. 

In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, Andrey Galiuk, Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations, shares his expertise on how to perform strategic due diligence in M&A. 

Things you will learn:

• What is strategic due diligence

• How to perform strategic due diligence in M&A

• Entering the right market

• Finding the right target company

• Biggest challenge when performing strategic diligence

This episode is brought to you by the M&A Science Spring Summit 2024 happening on April 10th at 10AM ET. It's your chance to join leading M&A experts as they share innovative and the latest trends from their own deals. Save your spot here.

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Episode Bookmarks

00:00 Intro

11:17 What is strategic due diligence

16:25 How to perform strategic due diligence in M&A

25:00 Entering the right market

38:05 Finding the right target company

41:25 When to perform strategic due diligence

42:38 Proactive vs. Reactive deal sourcing

44:33 Importance of culture

47:05 When to start integration planning

49:11 Red flags during strategic diligence

50:33 Assessing incoming people

51:20 Biggest challenge when performing strategic diligence

 

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