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Realizing the value of your merger with the right operating model

– Substantial changes to an operating model are often necessary to achieve an organization’s strategic objectives and deliver the promised value of a merger. Making these changes requires a thoughtful, leader-driven process to navigate the unique constraints and risks of the endeavor.
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M&A success, powered by advanced analytics

– As M&A activity and acquisition premiums hit historic highs, companies can use advanced analytics to increase value and accelerate... impact during integration.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The secret ingredient of successful big deals: Organizational health

– Creating value from a merger is not easy. Acquirers that get it right start with an overlooked advantage: a healthy organization.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Admit it, your investments are stuck in neutral

– New research shows that companies that know how to shift critical resources where and when they’re needed share common traits.... Rigor is the first one.
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Active portfolio management: Interview with Andy West

– Senior partner Andy West discusses the latest trends in M&A in light of several recent high-profile divestitures.

M&A Strategy & Due Diligence

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Realizing M&A value creation in US banking and fintech: Nine steps for success

– Successful bank acquirers of other banks and fintechs invest time and resources to build an end-to-end M&A approach, including... deep understanding of how M&A serves their overall strategy.
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Practice makes perfect: What sets programmatic acquirers apart

– While there is no shortcut to outperformance in deal making, a new survey finds that expert acquirers take a different approach... to strategy, deal execution, and integration.
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How lots of small M&A deals add up to big value

– New research confirms that companies that regularly and systematically pursue moderately sized M&A deliver better shareholder... returns than companies that don’t.
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Done deal? Why many large transactions fail to cross the finish line

– Our research shows that many large mergers and acquisitions are abandoned before closing because of value-creation, regulatory,... and political issues. Here’s how to improve the odds of success.

Integration

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Eight basic beliefs about capturing value in a merger

– To maximize deal value in a merger, focus on critical principles.
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Communications in mergers: The glue that holds everything together

– Structured communications are vital to clarify what comes next in a merger, separate fact from fiction, and forge success for... newly combined organizations.
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Tailoring your integration approach to specific deals

– Every merger or acquisition is different, yet many companies stick to the same integration playbook. Here’s how to tailor... your approach.
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How the best acquirers excel at integration

– The same handful of integration challenges vex companies year after year. New survey data suggest how high performers stay on... top.

Separations & IPOs

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A case for restructuring before spin-off

– Making big operational changes before spinning off assets can be daunting, but our research indicates that doing so can dramatically... improve the odds of deal success.
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Profitably parting ways: Getting more value from divestitures

– Companies often struggle to capture the full value of a separation. Here’s how to do better.

Joint Ventures & Alliances

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Improving the management of complex business partnerships

– Adhering to four key principles can help companies increase the odds that their collaborations will create more value over their... life cycles.
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Negotiating a better joint venture

– As important as it is to secure the right terms for a shared enterprise, it is just as critical to form a sustainable relationship.
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Joint ventures on the rise

– New survey results find executives are largely positive about their past experience with joint ventures and expect such partnerships... to grow.
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Avoiding blind spots in your next joint venture

– Even joint ventures developed using familiar best practices can fail without cross-process discipline in planning and implementation.

Learning & Capability Building

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Organizational culture in mergers: Addressing the unseen forces

– Understanding culture, and proactively managing it, is critical to a successful integration. This requires a comprehensive approach.
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Equipping leaders for merger integration success

– Leadership capability building is crucial during mergers. Tailoring a program for three cohorts of integration leaders can make... a big difference.
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Building the right organization for mergers and acquisitions

– Support for deal making should be organization-wide.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The four building blocks of change

– Four key actions influence employee mind-sets and behavior. Here’s why they matter.

More insights

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The next wave of consumer M&A: Searching for growth

– M&A has become more difficult of late. Consumer-goods companies need to rediscover why acquisitions succeed.
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The next wave of consumer M&A: Executing for value

– New research on recent mergers shows that leading companies follow disciplined playbooks to extract maximum value.
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What’s behind the pharmaceutical sector’s M&A push

– There are lessons for other industries in the way pharma companies use mergers to innovate, work more efficiently, and bolster... product portfolios.
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The six types of successful acquisitions

– Companies advance myriad strategies for creating value with acquisitions—but only a handful are likely to do so.

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