Sat.Jan 21, 2023 - Fri.Jan 27, 2023

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The Valuation Profession in 2023

IVSC

Nick Talbot Chief Executive, IVSC ” As the global economy continues to evolve, the demand for high-quality valuations will only increase, making it an exciting time to be a valuer. Those who are able to adapt to the trends and challenges of the profession will be well-positioned to succeed in the years ahead. The valuation profession is constantly evolving, with new trends and developments emerging all the time.

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The CEO’s ESG dilemma

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Peter Gassmann and Will Jackson-Moore, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, on Monday, January 23, 2023 Editor's Note: Peter Gassmann is a Global Leader of Strategy and Will Jackson-Moore is a Global ESG Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. This post is based on their PwC memorandum. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes The Illusory Promise of Stakeholder Governance (discussed on the Forum here ) and Will Corporations Deliver to All Stakeholders?

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From tailwinds to crosscurrents: Resilient growth in wealth management

Mckinsey and Company

A decade of favorable macroeconomic conditions and relatively easy growth has ended, signaling a new urgency for US wealth managers to rethink operating models and reenergize growth.

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5 Steps to Peak Performance in Business

Rhythm Systems

Peak performance refers to the highest level of performance that an individual or organization can achieve in a particular task or activity. It is the point at which a person or group is operating at their best, utilizing its full range of abilities and resources to achieve optimal results.

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How to Leverage Intent Data for Better Outcomes

Speaker: Susan Spencer, Principal of Spencer Communications

Intent signal data can go a long way toward shortening sales cycles and closing more deals. The challenge is deciding which is the best type of intent data to help your company meet its sales and marketing goals. In this webinar, Susan Spencer, fractional CMO and principal of Spencer Communications, will unpack the differences between contact-level and company-level intent signals.

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Mary Barth appointed to IVSC Board of Trustees

IVSC

IVSC is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Mary E. Barth to its Board of Trustees on an initial three-year term. Mary is the Joan E. Horngren Professor of Accounting, Emerita at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business (GSB). Previously, she was on the Harvard Business School faculty and an Arthur Andersen & Co audit partner.

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Get boardroom ready: five ways to improve executive interactions with the board

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Maria Castañón Moats, Paul DeNicola, Catie Hall, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, on Saturday, January 21, 2023 Editor's Note: Maria Castañón Moats is Leader, Paul DeNicola is a Principal, and Catie Hall is a Director at the Governance Insights Center at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. This post is based on their PwC memorandum. Why? Whether you are an executive who has been meeting with the board regularly for years or you are in a new role that’s landing you on the agenda, these brief inter

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IRS Announces 2023 Automobile Depreciation Deduction Limits and Inclusion Amounts

ThomsonReuters

Rev. Proc. 2023-14 (Jan. 18, 2023) Available at [link] The IRS has announced the 2023 inflation-adjusted Code § 280F “luxury automobile” limits on certain deductions that may be taken by taxpayers using passenger automobiles (including vans and trucks) in a trade or business. For purchased automobiles, the limits cap the taxpayer’s depreciation deduction.

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On the Frontlines: The Hard Lessons of FTX

Audit Board

The stunning collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX is shaping up to rival the most iconic corporate scandals in history. When news broke of its bankruptcy filing and the missing billions of dollars, it wasn’t hard to spot the troubling similarities with the WorldCom, Enron, and Madoff scandals. Those were seismic events with earth-shaking implications.

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SEC Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2022-2026

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Gary Gensler, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 Editor's Note: Gary Gensler is Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This post is based on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Strategic Plan for FY 2022 through FY 2026. Our Goals Protecting the Investing Public; Maintaining a Robust, Relevant Regulatory Framework; Supporting a Skilled and Diverse Workforce The United States has the largest, most sophisticated, and most innovativ

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What is the future of work?

Mckinsey and Company

Just like the world at large, the world of work shifts and changes over time. The future of work refers to an informed perspective on what businesses and other organizations need to know about how work could shift (given digitization and other trends), plus how workforces and workplaces can prepare for those changes, big and small.

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Statement of Cash Flows vs. Cash Flow Statement

Speaker: Wayne Spivak - President and Chief Financial Officer of SBA * Consulting LTD, Industry Writer, and Public Speaker

The old adages that "cash is king" and "you can’t spend profits" still hold true today. But however well-known these sayings might be, it requires a change in mindset to properly implement a cash flow management system that predicts your business's runaway as accurately as possible. Key to this new mindset is understanding the difference between the Statement of Cash Flows, a historical look at the source and uses of cash, and the Cash Flow Statement, which uses transaction history and forward-l

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What “Everything Everywhere All at Once” Can Tell Us About Building a Successful Business

Rhythm Systems

The recent Oscar nomination of the movie Everything Everywhere All at Once has brought a lot of attention to exploring different perspectives and embracing the unknown, two ideas modern-day CEOs should recognize as essential aspects of their daily lives. As leaders and decision-makers of their companies, CEOs need to continually strive towards finding new solutions that bridge the divide between what is done and what could be done.

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Agency Report Showing High Demand for Surprise Billing IDR Provides Data by State, CPT Code

ThomsonReuters

Initial Report on the Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) Process April 15 – September 30, 2022 (Dec. 15, 2022) Available at [link] The DOL, HHS, and IRS have jointly issued a report with usage data on the surprise billing independent dispute resolution (IDR) process created when the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA, 2021) expanded patient protections to shield individuals from surprise bills for certain out-of-network emergency and non-emergency services.

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How Twitter Pushed Stakeholders Under The Bus

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Lucian A. Bebchuk, Kobi Kastiel, Anna Toniolo (Harvard Law School), on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 Editor's Note: Lucian Bebchuk is the James Barr Ames Professor of Law, Economics, and Finance and Director of the Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School; Kobi Kastiel is Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University, and Senior Fellow of the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance; and Anna Toniolo is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program on Corporate Governance of Harv

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Semiconductor fabs: Construction challenges in the United States

Mckinsey and Company

Major semiconductor players have undertaken and announced US-based fab construction projects, and more are under consideration. Here’s a road map for moving ahead.

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Mastering Intent Data: Understanding its Importance & Best Practices

Speaker: Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union

In this webinar, Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union and business strategist, will take you through the ABCs of intent data. You'll learn how to effectively use it to drive business results, with practical tips on how to leverage both company and contact intent data to maximize your marketing efforts. Whether you're a seasoned marketer or just getting started, this webinar is a must-attend for anyone looking to stay ahead in the ever-evolving world of digital marketing.

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Listening Strategies - Expert Tips for Effective Listening Skills

Rhythm Systems

One of the things I have to do as a business consultant is to be a great listener. This is a key leadership and communication skill for anyone. Sometimes effective listening can be a challenge because, like most people, I can fall into the trap of thinking about my response and how I would like to help the individual with whom I am communicating. One of my pet peeves has always been that many people begin developing their response as soon as the other person starts speaking rather than truly lis

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Costcutter owner Bestway takes near £200m stake in Sainsbury’s

The Guardian M&A

Grocery wholesaler may look to make further market purchases of supermarket’s shares Bestway – from London cornershop to multinational conglomerate The owner of the Costcutter chain and one of the UK’s largest grocery wholesalers has taken a near-£200m stake in Sainsbury’s and said it could increase its position further. The company, which describes itself as the UK’s seventh-largest family owned business with a turnover of £4.5bn, has bought almost 81m shares, giving it a 3.45% stake in the UK’

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Oversight of Proxy Voting Advisors: US and EU Regulators Converge

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Stephen Davis (Harvard Law School), and Konstantinos Sergakis (University of Glasgow), on Thursday, January 26, 2023 Editor's Note: Stephen M. Davis is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance and Chair of the Best Practice Principles Oversight Committee (OC) 2020-2022; and Konstantinos Sergakis is a Professor of Capital Markets Law and Corporate Governance, University of Glasgow, and Chair of the OC 2023-Present.

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How ambidextrous leaders manage through volatile times

Mckinsey and Company

When uncertainty reigns, the best leaders play both defense and offense. That requires honing three types of competitive edge: insights, commitment, and execution.

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Ticketmaster Cast as a Powerful ‘Monopoly’ at Senate Hearing

NYT M&A

The Judiciary Committee, responding to the bungled sale of Taylor Swift concert tickets, heard the company apologize and its critics trace the problem to the industry’s lack of competition.

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Rupert Murdoch calls off proposed Fox-News Corp merger

The Guardian M&A

Billionaire mogul says in letter that proposal to reunite companies he split up a decade ago ‘not optimal’ for shareholders Fox Corp said on Tuesday that Rupert Murdoch had scrapped a proposal to combine the company with News Corp, in a deal that would have reunited the media empire he split nearly a decade ago. Murdoch sent a letter to News Corp and Fox withdrawing his proposal to reunite the companies, according to a regulatory filing.

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M&A Predictions and Guidance for 2023

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Ethan Klingsberg, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, on Monday, January 23, 2023 Editor's Note: Ethan Klingsberg is a Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. This post is based on his Freshfields memorandum. Tension between institutional shareholders and boards about strategic alternatives. We are emerging from several consecutive years where both activist shareholders and boards have been able to regularly count on institutional shareholder support for all-cash sales of compan

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How Daiichi Sankyo Europe drives growth with digital and analytics

Mckinsey and Company

Digital and analytics can markedly improve life sciences companies’ engagement with customers. Daiichi Sankyo Europe’s CEO Jan Van Ruymbeke explains the challenges to adopting digital and analytics and how his company overcame them.

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House Measurement by Property Data Collector Gone Wrong

Appraisers Blog

The lender allowed an unlicensed property data collector give bad data to the appraiser… I work for this lender and they will not let my trainee inspect. The owners are now underwater by more than $100,000… I’m sad and I’m mad! I recently took on a measure job for a client who was questioning the square footage of their home. The couple bought the house at the height of the market last year.

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JPMorgan Paid $175 Million for a Business It Now Says Was a Scam

NYT M&A

Charlie Javice promised to simplify the college financial aid process. It was a compelling pitch. Especially, as now seems likely, to those with little firsthand knowledge of financial aid.

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Preparing for the 2023 Proxy Season

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by David M. Lynn, Scott Lesmes, and John Hensley, Morrison & Foerster LLP, on Friday, January 27, 2023 Editor's Note: David M. Lynn , Scott Lesmes , and John Hensley are Partners at Morrison & Foerster LLP. This post is based on a Morrison & Foerster memorandum by Mr. Lynn, Mr. Lesmes, Mr. Hensley, and Leemor Banai. Public companies need to consider recent developments when preparing for the 2023 proxy and annual reporting season.

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Women in tech: The best bet to solve Europe’s talent shortage

Mckinsey and Company

To remain competitive in technological growth and innovation, Europe must recruit and retain women for the fastest-growing tech roles of the foreseeable future.

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Elevance To Acquire Louisiana Nonprofit Health Insurer, Adds 1.9M Members

Benzinga

Elevance Health Inc (NYSE: ELV ) agreed to acquire Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, joining Elevance Health's affiliated Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield family of brands. The combination builds on the existing collaboration in Louisiana through joint ownership of Healthy Blue, which serves Medicaid and Medicare Dual Eligible members. It will also accelerate BCBSLA's strategic evolution to improve access, affordability, and quality of services delivered by BCBSLA to the more than 1.

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Former Troutman Pepper Attys Launch Goodwin Philly Office

Law 360 M&A

Fourteen former Troutman Pepper attorneys have moved their practices to help Goodwin Procter LLP launch its new Philadelphia office, officially confirming rumors that started swirling around the city last week.

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Amendments to Rules Governing Trading Plans and Insider Filings

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Eleazer Klein, Adriana Schwartz, Daniel A. Goldstein, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, on Thursday, January 26, 2023 Editor's Note: Eleazer Klein and Adriana Schwartz are Partners, and Daniel A. Goldstein is an Associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. This post is based on their SRZ memorandum. Related Program research includes Insider Trading Via the Corporation (discussed on the Forum here ) by Jesse Fried.

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Four themes shaping the future of the stormy European power market

Mckinsey and Company

Demand for electricity in Europe is surging at a time when supplies are disrupted. To adapt to the market’s uncertainty and rising prices, players will have to be clear-eyed about what’s ahead.

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Why Bill Ackman Says This Company Could Be The Next Berkshire Hathaway

Benzinga

WeCommerce Holdings Ltd (OTC: WECMF ) has announced a definitive agreement to combine with Tiny in a merger deal that is expected to create a profitable new technology holding company. What Happened? On Monday, WeCommerce announced a combination with Tiny in an all-stock deal executed via a three-cornered amalgamation under British Columbia's Business Corporations Act.

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Care Solace Raises $4 Million In Non-Dilutive Growth Funding From Lighter Capital

Lighter Capital

, Care Solace calms the chaos of mental health care by lifting the burden of mental health care coordination for school systems through its scalable and virtual technology platform. The Encinitas-based startup has secured $4 million in non-dilutive capital to expand headcount in sales and marketing so it can drive growth, and to build out new features and product enhancements with additional engineering investments.

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Weekly Roundup: January 20-26, 2023

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, on Friday, January 27, 2023 Editor's Note: This roundup contains a collection of the posts published on the Forum during the week of January 20-26, 2023 Compensation Season 2023 Posted by Adam J. Shapiro, Michael J. Schobel, and Erica E. Bonnett, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, on Friday, January 20, 2023 Tags: Clawbacks , Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform , Human capital , ISS , Proxy advisors , SEC Get boardroom ready: five ways t

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A CEO’s guide to the metaverse

Mckinsey and Company

It’s too big to ignore—yet its future is far from certain. Companies need to dip a toe in the water and plan to take the plunge should developments warrant.