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The 27th Rainmaker Summit held various sectoral panels ranging from Agriculture, Food and Beverage, Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Health Sciences, Information Technology and examined the challenges and opportunities that exist and are to be discovered in relation to the M&A business industry.

Why Do Mergers Fail?

By Adeel Javaid, on Nov 14, 2017
How do we successfully integrate with another company whose values, culture, management approaches, and operating practices are different from ours? What factors are more likely to affect long-term merger success than financial ones?
Prior to joining Strategex, which exclusively serves B2B clients, I spent 15 years conducting B2C innovation, insight, and strategy engagements. The transition from B2C to B2B was fairly straightforward and intuitive since the essential approach to research methodology, design, analysis, and implementation didn’t change much. I was, however, struck by the sometimes drastically different ways that B2B and B2C firms approach innovation.
Estate taxes often come up when talking with business owners and other clients as they think about retirement and leaving the business. The sale of the business translates the owners’ biggest asset into cash. The dollars can be considerable and it follows that the taxes on the sale, and ultimately their estate, can likewise be substantial. Concerns about taxes are valid.
Congratulations—your M&A transaction went off without a hitch, and you’re now the proud owner of a specialty chemical manufacturer. Included with your purchase are any inherited environmental liabilities of your new portfolio company—contaminated soil or groundwater on the property, underground storage tanks, or chemical releases, for example.
Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) are often used as a means to consider environmental liability prior to acquisition of real property. The main purpose, and in many cases the ONLY purpose for a “simple” Phase I, is to qualify the purchaser for the innocent landowner defense provisions of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980.
I work with many different types of family businesses and family dynamics in this line of work. One specific client has been on my mind this week, wondering whether they’ve gotten traction on a key recommendation we provided. This family business is not so unusual. There are multiple generations involved in the business. The patriarch is in his 80’s.
Repeatedly we talk with private business owners confronted with an unexpected offer to sell their business… let’s call these “unsolicited offers”. Many times, they haven’t really thought about a succession or exit plan nor have they prepared for a deal if they so desired.  Usually the owner of the company or one of their advisors (i.e. attorney or accountant) reaches-out to us for assistance.
Blockchain is a revolutionary new technology that will definitely disrupt and dis-intermediate many traditional business models and processes. Read about what this means for the members of the MidMarket Alliance.
The JOBS Act mandated that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relax historically rigid financial regulations to enable fledgling start-ups and developmental companies to advertise their ideas and solicit individuals for investments in emergent enterprises. The statute also provided an onramp of greater disclosure flexibility for smaller companies to transition to public companies. How is the JOBS Act playing out in reality?