8th Merger Integration Management Forum

Early Monday. Preparing for a couple of events, this week. One, today, with all countries adopting our new Content Marketing model. Key meeting, considering that content distribution success will depend on country adoption. Second, the 8th Merger Integration Management Forum, (17-18 March, Amsterdam), the Conference I will attend at the end of this week. As…

Presenting Marketing to M&A experts

My next conference as a speaker (8th Merger Integration Management Forum, 17-18 March, Amsterdam) is approaching and I am dedicating some time today for preparation. Also had a great call to understand the audience. Well, this time will be different: still a marketing-focused presentation, but different audience, different cut, different expectations. In fact, it’s my…

Global 2015 M&As: a summary

A surge of deals in the pharmaceuticals, energy and consumer sectors has pushed merger & acquisition activity to an all-time high, surpassing 2007’s peak — but dealmakers have admitted that bond market turmoil and geopolitical instability are their biggest worries for 2016.

Mergers that fail

Sometime mergers go well. Other times they fail. The one between SE and Aveva just failed – even before its formal start… See if you can spot from Aveva’s shares when its tie-up with Schneider Electric collapsed https://t.co/XgMYOBUNC9 pic.twitter.com/PspBI8aoDx — fastFT (@fastFT) December 15, 2015


Interesting piece from the FT about the super-acquisitions of the last six months. Not counting last rumours about SalesForce.com. After the financial crisis, so this counter-narrative goes, companies suspended payouts to investors and looked inward to aggressively cut costs. Even as balance sheets improved, executives remained timid and turned to share repurchases and dividends to…