Why Are We So Bad At Acquisitions?

Why Are We So Bad At Acquisitions?

Campbell Soup acquired Bolthouse for $1.55 billion in 2012 to enter the fresh food category and earlier this week announced it was divesting of the company for $510m to Butterfly Equity, an LA based PE group. PWC conducted a survey in 2013 of 106 executives at Fortune...
M&A Negotiation Checklist

M&A Negotiation Checklist

Whether you’re buying or selling it always helps to have a little checklist by your side for those big meetings. Here is my top 20 tips: Checklist Always clarify the up to date position. e.g. when buying a company, talking to the owner – perhaps you could update...
Avoiding Post-Acquisition Cost Overruns

Avoiding Post-Acquisition Cost Overruns

The WSJ reported this week that the $9.3 billion acquisition by Sherwin-Williams of Valspar has hit a snag. The acquirer stated that post-acquisition integration costs would be over six times more expensive than previously anticipated. Now this deal is related to two...
Acquisitions?  Yes, you can!

Acquisitions?  Yes, you can!

This week I’ve invited my friend, Jeff Lynn to comment on one of our favorite topics. Jeff is an experienced business leader with global management experience, having created and led businesses ranging from entrepreneurial startups to global workforces of 13,000...