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Three drivers to make M&A integration successful

Too many M&As fail due to poor integration.  And this is not something new. Back in 2011, Harvard Business Review published some staggering data that showed 70% of mergers failed to deliver value. Almost 10 years later, another survey from PwC shows that the failure rate is still the same.  Let’s put these numbers into […]

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049: Three Drivers to Make M&A Integration Successful with Branka Dessens

49,600 M&A deals failed last year.  Here’s the logic: According to Pwc, we hit a new record of M&A deals globally in 2021: 62,000. But according to many experts, the average failure rate is 80%.  If this is true, it’s too easy to fail. But it’s never about strategy, commercial, or finance alone. It’s also

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What makes CEOs of private equity backed companies successful

Although PE-backed company CEOs and other CEOs share the same role, a PE-backed CEO is tasked with unique challenges. Many of them come underprepared for what lies ahead. I have been recently invited to share my thoughts about the subject on the “The Private Equity Podcast”, where I have been interviewed by Alex Rawlings (link

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037: What Makes CEOs of Private Equity Backed Companies Successful

Although PE-backed company CEOs and other CEOs share the same role, a PE-backed CEO is tasked with unique challenges. Many of them accept the role but come underprepared for what lies ahead. I have been recently invited to share my thoughts about the subject on the “The Private Equity Podcast”, where I have been interviewed

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The biggest M&A integration mistakes (and how to avoid them)

2021 has been an extraordinary year for M&As. According to PwC, we have seen more than 62,000 deals, which is 24% more than in 2020. And we expect the same growth in 2022. But as the failure rate of M&A deals is still pretty high, leaders should pay more attention to their integration processes. I

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036: The Biggest M&A Integration Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

The biggest mistake leaders do when they merge is hardly strategy or financials. It’s underestimating the people’s side of the transaction.  New teams don’t often work well together if they feel there is a cultural misalignment between the two organizations. As a result, they can’t get rid of their past. In today’s podcast, I share

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