M&A Insights

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Buy and scale: How incumbents can use M&A to grow new businesses

– Digital disruptors use M&A to build and scale new businesses at speed. Incumbents can do so, too.
Podcast

XPO’s Brad Jacobs on building businesses through M&A

– Having done hundreds of deals, the leader of the logistics company explains what he’s learned matters most when making acquisitions.
Interview

In conversation: Four keys to merger integration success

– M&A experts share the integration practices that set the most successful large deals apart.
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Global M&A market slows in 2022 first half—but shows signs of strength

– Americas are most active while technology/media/telecom dominates other sectors.
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Overcoming the cost of healthcare transformation through partnerships

– Players are adapting to the evolving healthcare landscape by using a range of partnership models—beyond M&A—to... create value. Anticipating and avoiding five common mistakes can be key for success.

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M&A Strategy & Due Diligence

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The flip side of large M&A deals

– Research shows there is a 50-50 chance that companies pursuing large M&A deals will outperform industry peers. Here are the... four actions executives can take to increase those odds.
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Global M&A market slows in 2022 first half—but shows signs of strength

– Americas are most active while technology/media/telecom dominates other sectors.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How one approach to M&A is more likely to create value than all others

– Two decades of research show that, while large deals still have their place, programmatic M&A strategies continue to create... gains in excess total returns to shareholders, at lower levels of risk.
Podcast

Agile business portfolio management

– Companies that regularly refresh their portfolios tend to outperform, but deciding when and how to divest a business may be the... most challenging part of M&A.
Article

The power of through-cycle M&A

– How companies can use deal making to accelerate strategic shifts during the COVID-19 crisis.

Integration

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Post-close excellence in large-deal M&A

– The most successful large-deal transactions follow four key practices during integration execution.
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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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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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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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Divesting with agility

– Research shows that active, efficient reallocation of resources creates better returns for companies than simply standing pat... does. Here’s how to make portfolio decisions faster.
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Through a different lens: A McKinsey perspective on separations

– To succeed, companies need to view divestitures in a way that goes beyond the traditional M&A approaches.
Podcast

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.
Article

Going, going, gone: A quicker way to divest assets

– Speedy separations create more value than those that lumber along, our research finds. Preparation is the key.

Joint Ventures & Alliances

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Checking the health of your business partnerships

– Frequent, systematic assessments of joint ventures and alliances can reveal hidden problems and opportunities to create more value.
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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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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

Survey

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.
Article

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.
Article

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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The four building blocks of change

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

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