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Mergercast by Strategy&
10 minutes | Jan 25, 2017
Episode 60: Megadeals transforming the entertainment, media and communications sector
In Mergercast 60, John Boxall, Deals Director at Strategy&, PwC's strategy consulting business; Lori Bistis, Deals Director at PwC and Paul Kennedy, Deals Partner at PwC, discuss megadeals, in the entertainment, media and communications sector; the challenges to remaining competitive, the types of deals that are prevalent, and key elements of successful integration.
11 minutes | Dec 15, 2016
Episode 59: The new paradigm for telecoms
In Mergercast 59, Dr. Roman Friedrich, a Managing Director with Strategy& Germany, based in Dusseldorf, and Rolf Meakin, Partner with Strategy& UK, based in London, discuss the risks of a business-as-usual approach for telecoms, and the need to digitize, simplify and consolidate, if they wish to remain relevant.
6 minutes | Oct 14, 2016
Episode 58: The shareholder value triple play
In Mergercast 58, principals with PwC US Tom Hansson and Abhijeet Shekdar discuss the growth challenges large, well-established food and beverage companies are facing today and how to address them against a backdrop of changing consumer tastes, impatient capital markets, high cost structures and anemic top-line growth.
10 minutes | Sep 12, 2016
Episode 57: Why the bank sector needs $600 billion worth of M&A
In Mergercast 57 Arjun Saxena and Doug Stotz, principals with PwC US, discuss a potentially game-changing dynamic: why the bank sector needs $600 billion worth of M&A. The authors look at market forces transforming the sector, the unique challenge for smaller banks, and deal implications of new regulation.
9 minutes | Jun 15, 2016
Episode 55: Strategy That Works - How winning companies close the strategy-to-execution gap
In Mergercast 55 principals with PwC US J. Neely and Paul Leinwand, who is a co-author of Strategy That Works, discuss how winning companies close the elusive strategy-to-execution gap, and how these relate to choices about M&A.
12 minutes | Jun 15, 2016
Episode 56: Digital Deals - A New Frontier
In Mergercast 56 J.Neely, a principal with PwC US and Joerg Krings, a partner with PwC Strategy& based in Munich, discuss the growing rationale for digital deal making, why, and the M&A challenges when these companies get together.
10 minutes | May 16, 2016
Episode 54, Part 1: Divestitures - Hidden value and nasty surprises
In this two-part Mergercast series Thomas Flaherty, a principal with PwC US, discusses a popular method of value creation - divestitures. Part 1 discusses why carve-outs are growing in popularity, competitive considerations a company should address before conducting a divestiture, and how best a company can create addition by subtraction. Part 2 addresses the tricky business of execution.
12 minutes | May 16, 2016
Episode 54, Part 2: Divestitures - Hidden value and nasty surprises
Part 2 of this Mergercast series on divestitures addresses the tricky business of execution. Tom Flaherty, a principal with PwC's Strategy&, discusses common mistakes made during the actual separation, planning for the unexpected, and what considerations are needed for the entity left behind to continue successfully. Part 1 discusses why carve-outs are growing in popularity.
6 minutes | Apr 12, 2016
Episode 53: Reducing your attractiveness to activists
Leading practitioners of Strategy&, PwC's strategy consulting business, and principals with PwC US, Randy Starr and Hunter Hohlt discuss how in recent years companies across all sectors have been the target of activist investors. Citing examples in the Aerospace and Defense industry, they outline some of the business strategies employed by companies that make them particularly vulnerable, and tactics they can employ to decrease their attractiveness to activists.
11 minutes | Mar 15, 2016
Episode 52: A potent weapon against activists
In episode 52 of Strategy&'s Mergercast, Larry Jones and Joe Duerr, leading practitioners in the strategic value consulting group of the PwC U.S. deals practice, discuss how companies can best utilize their most potent weapon against shareholder activists: insider knowledge.
19 minutes | Oct 14, 2015
Episode 51: Deals that win
In episode 51 of Mergercast, principals with PwC US J Neely and John Jullens discuss the insights from Strategy&'s study "Deals That Win". Focused on the role of capabilities in M&A, the study reveals that achieving a capabilities fit in deals matters more than ever. In fact, deals that leveraged the buyer's key capabilities, or helped it acquire new ones, produced significantly better shareholder returns than the market, or deals with other rationales in mind.
24 minutes | May 19, 2015
Episode 50: A decade of M&A
In this 50th episode of our show, Strategy& Senior Partners Gerald Adolph and Tom Flaherty, Strategy& Partner J Neely and PwC Deals Partner Gregg Nahass look back at the deals environment in 2006, the year the Mergercast by Strategy& podcast was launched, and contrast it with the M&A environment as it stands today. The four panelists also explore how the deal-making process has changed over that time, the importance of capabilities in mergers and acquisitions, the return of the megadeal, and the role of velocity and impatience in transactions.
14 minutes | Feb 2, 2015
Episode 49: The new supercompetitors
In this episode, Paul Leinwand, a Senior Partner at Strategy&, discusses the emergence of the supercompetitor, new type of company that changes the very dynamics of its business environment. He explores the role of M&A as a growth driver for these organizations, asking whether supercompetitors have a different approach to M&A than less-influential companies, to what extent they are more reliant upon M&A for growth, and how CEOs and board members should be thinking about this trend.
20 minutes | Dec 1, 2014
Episode 48: Food industry M&A
In this episode, Akshat Dubey, a Principal at Strategy& in the Consumer and Retail practice, and Joe Nuzzolo, a PwC Managing Director in capital markets advisory, explore the current level of transaction activity among food companies, market dynamics in the industry and their impact on these deals. Together, they discuss the four key drivers of recent industry transactions, what separates successful deals from the rest, whether M&A will remain a big influence on the food industry going forward, and how companies should prepare for the continued role of M&A.
17 minutes | Jan 21, 2014
Episode 47: The secret to successful divestitures
In this episode, Ahmad Filsoof, a Principal at Strategy& based in Chicago, describes a methodology for companies looking to divest a part of their business that centers on the capabilities that come with that asset. He explores the importance of a capabilities-centered approach and discusses in detail the five steps that comprise such a process: capability scoping, baseline analysis, option analysis, transition planning, and buyer engagement. This approach was first addressed in a recent strategy+business article. Note: This podcast was originally published by Booz & Company in 2014.
12 minutes | Oct 15, 2013
Episode 46: Utility M&A
In this episode, Earl Simpkins, a Partner at Strategy& based in Dallas, discusses where we are in the current wave of utilities industry M&A. Topics include the impact of natural gas pricing, environmental issues and the strengthening economy, whether a particular acquisition strategy has emerged from these factors, and how increased regulatory speed has played a role in driving combinations and post-merger integration. Note: This podcast was originally published by Booz & Company in 2013.
31 minutes | Jul 22, 2013
Episode 45: Best practices for China M&A
In this episode, John Jullens, a Partner at Strategy& based in Shanghai, discusses the challenges faced by foreign companies looking to merge or acquire assets in China. He offers 8 best practices that include focusing on your own capabilities gaps when seeking Chinese partners, conducting a thorough stakeholder analysis, clarifying decision rights up front, and finding ways to earn the trust of your Chinese partners. Note: This podcast was originally published by Booz & Company in 2013.
16 minutes | Jun 3, 2013
Episode 44: Merger integration with an uncooperative partner
In this episode, J Neely, a Partner at Strategy&, discusses the challenge of pre-close merger integration when one side is being uncooperative. He addresses a number of topics including the drivers behind uncooperative behavior, the types of deals in which this might occur, how big a threat lack of cooperation can be to a successful integration, and the steps management should take to address this issue before it becomes a major problem. Note: This podcast was originally published by Booz & Company in 2013.
15 minutes | May 6, 2013
Episode 43: The role of culture in integration
In this episode, Gerald Adolph, a Senior Partner at Strategy& and head of the firm's mergers and restructuring group, examines the importance of culture in merger integration. He discusses why culture is such a difficult issue, the ways culture can derail a merger where everything else is a good match, how companies should approach this challenge, and why many merging companies today are failing to properly address the issue of culture. Note: This podcast was originally published by Booz & Company in 2013.
18 minutes | Mar 12, 2013
Episode 42: Health provider M&A
In this episode, Gary Ahlquist, a Senior Partner at Strategy&, discusses the surge in health provider M&A he sees ahead. Gary speaks with host Gerald Adolph, Senior Partner and head of the firm's mergers and restructuring group, about the timing and scope of the expected boom, the macro trends behind this surge, industry-specific factors pushing institutions to do deals, and the importance of capabilities as a driver of these transactions. Note: This podcast was originally published by Booz & Company in 2013.
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