April, 2023

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25 Questions to Ask When Buying a Business

Viking Mergers

Every year, millions of Americans give up their jobs in Corporate America to pursue the dream of owning a business. Deciding to buy and grow an existing business is a huge step for most entrepreneurs, and it can be incredibly gratifying. However, buying a business can take time and effort to navigate, especially for first-time entrepreneurs new to the world of mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

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Avoiding sustainability vanity projects to show real business value

Avanade

Miranda Hill shares Avanade’s approach to helping organizations deliver meaningful sustainability results and quantifiable business value from their ESG initiatives.

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Scaling analytics across financial services: Understanding the value of model life cycle transformations

Mckinsey and Company

To address the challenges of scaling up analytics business areas, financial institutions can accelerate value delivery with four efficiency levers.

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What boards should know about balancing ESG critics and key stakeholders

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Maria Castañón Moats, Paul DeNicola, and Matt DiGuiseppe, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, on Sunday, April 9, 2023 Editor's Note: Maria Castañón Moats is Leader, Paul DeNicola is Principal, and Matt DiGuiseppe is Managing Director at the Governance Insights Center 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 ) by

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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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Astellas Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Iveric Bio

Business Wire M&A

TOKYO & PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, President and CEO: Naoki Okamura, “Astellas”) and IVERIC Bio, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISEE, CEO: Glenn P. Sblendorio, “Iveric Bio”) today announced that on April 29, 2023 (Japan time), the Companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Astellas through Berry Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Astellas US Holding, Inc., has agreed to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Iveric Bio for US$40.

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An Open Letter to the IIA Regarding the Draft Standards Update

Internal Audit 360

GUEST BLOG Editor’s Note: The views expressed here are the opinions of the author. I n March, the Institute of Internal Auditors released a draft version of an overhaul of its professional practice standards and framework that intend to guide the behavior and actions of internal auditors as they carry out their work. I encourage all internal auditors to read the newly released draft version of the Standards and provide your comments to the IIA before the exposure period ends late next mont

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Emanuel, McMahon Tout Knockout Deal And 'Next Evolution' Of WWE: 'This Is UFC 2.0'

Benzinga

Endeavor Group Holdings Inc (NYSE: EDR ) has a stronghold on the combat sports world after completing a knockout deal with World Wrestling Entertainment Inc (NYSE: WWE ). Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel and the longtime face of WWE Vince McMahon discussed their new tag-team partnership Monday morning on CNBC's "Squawk On The Street." "This is the biggest thing Ari Emanuel and Vince McMahon have ever done. people will be talking about this for a long time," McMahon said.

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Cybersecurity for the IoT: How trust can unlock value

Mckinsey and Company

For today’s fragmented Internet of Things (IoT) to reach its potential as a fully interconnected ecosystem, the answer may lie in the convergence of cybersecurity and the IoT.

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The Board’s Oversight of Employee Voice

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Holly Fetter and Benjamin Colton, State Street Global Advisors, on Friday, April 21, 2023 Editor's Note: Benjamin Colton is Global Head of Asset Stewardship, and Holly Fetter is Vice President of Asset Stewardship at State Street Global Advisors. This post is based on their SSGA memorandum. In July 2021, State Street Global Advisors, Russell Reynolds Associates, and the Ford Foundation partnered to study best practices for effective board oversight of racial and ethnic diversity, equit

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Maverik – Adventure’s First Stop to Acquire Kum & Go and Solar Transport from Krause Group

Business Wire M&A

SALT LAKE CITY & DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Maverik – Adventure’s First Stop, together with its parent company, FJ Management, today announced the acquisition of Kum & Go, a family-owned convenience store chain with over 400 locations across 13 states, from Krause Group. As part of the transaction, Maverik will also acquire Solar Transport, a tank truck carrier and logistic provider owned by the Krause Group.

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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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Kaiser Permanente to Acquire Geisinger

NYT M&A

The California health care organization will create a new nonprofit that aims to acquire a half-dozen additional community health systems.

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4 questions to drive your audit firm’s evolution

ThomsonReuters

The accounting and audit profession is undergoing significant changes as a result of the rapid advancement of technology. While some have expressed concerns that automation may replace human auditors, the reality is that technology is here to enhance the profession rather than replace it. Automation tools can help streamline processes , reduce inefficiencies, and free up human auditors to focus on higher-value tasks.

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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated A Transaction Between Cdm Group, LLC And Aubrant, LLC.

Benchmark Report

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated a transaction between New Jersey-based CDM Group, LLC (“CDM,” DBA EPIC Software Development) and Minnesota-based Aubrant, LLC.

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The next frontier in risk efficiency

Mckinsey and Company

As global risks increase and economic uncertainty persists, the risk functions within the financial services industry must continue to evolve talent to ensure organizational resiliency.

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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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2022 Developments in U.S. Securities Fraud Class Actions Against Non-U.S. Issuers

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Joni S. Jacobsen, David H. Kistenbroker, and Angela M. Liu, Dechert LLP, on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 Editor's Note: Joni S. Jacobson , David H. Kistenbroker , and Angela M. Liu are partners at Dechert LLP. This post is based on a Dechert memorandum by Ms. Jacobsen, Mr. Kistenbroker, Ms. Liu, Christopher J. Merken , Andrew Stahl, and Austen Boer.

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Venture Capital After SVB: Q&A With Kearney's Ben T. Smith IV

Global Finance

Ben T. Smith IV, a longtime Silicon Valley executive and currently head of the Communications, Media and Technology practice at Kearney, speaks to Global Finance about the post-SVB venture capital industry and the pace of innovation.

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First Republic Nears Federal Seizure as F.D.I.C. Seeks Buyers

NYT M&A

JPMorgan and PNC, two of the country’s largest banks, are said to be interested in acquiring the troubled lender after it is seized by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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Is Our Health FSA Subject to COBRA?

ThomsonReuters

QUESTION: Next year, we plan to amend our company’s cafeteria plan to add a health FSA under which participants elect a coverage amount for the year and pay for it with pre-tax salary reductions. There will be no employer contributions, so participants’ health FSA salary reductions will equal the elected annual coverage amount. The health FSA will be offered to all employees who are eligible for coverage under our major medical, dental, and vision plans.

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Risk Assessment In Cannabis Is More Critical Than Ever: This Industry Pro Has A Solution

Benzinga

Robert Hoban , co-chair of the Cannabis Industry Group , highlighted the importance of due diligence in the rapidly expanding cannabis market. While attending the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference in Miami earlier this month, he discussed the two sides of due diligence — one for the company seeking capital and the other for the lenders and investors.

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Helping banks think like tech companies

Mckinsey and Company

Mambu co-founder Eugene Danilkis talks about how banks can approach core technology transformation and keep up with the fast pace of change, then offers his take on the future of human interaction.

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Proxy-Voting Insights: Voting on Politics

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Lindsey Stewart, Morningstar, Inc., on Sunday, April 2, 2023 Editor's Note: Lindsey Stewart is Director of Investment Stewardship Research at Morningstar, Inc. This post is based on his Morningstar memorandum. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes Corporate Political Speech: Who Decides? (discussed on the Forum here ) by Lucian Bebchuk and Robert J.

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iLearningEngines, a leader in AI-Powered Learning Automation, to List on NASDAQ via Merger with Arrowroot Acquisition Corp.

Business Wire M&A

BETHESDA, Md. & MARINA DEL REY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--iLearningEngines (“iLearningEngines” or “the Company”), a leader in AI-powered learning automation and information intelligence for corporate and educational use, announced today that it has entered into a merger agreement with Arrowroot Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:ARRW), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company sponsored by Arrowroot Capital, a 10 year old private equity firm specializing in enterprise software.

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At Assa Abloy Trial: Air Of Secrecy, Judge's Cryptic Warning

Law 360 M&A

The D.C. federal judge handling the U.S. Department of Justice challenge to Assa Abloy's $4.3 billion pickup of Spectrum Brands' hardware and home improvement business delivered a cryptic warning to the parties Wednesday during proceedings that were often closed to the public.

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Comment on Dear Representative, FNMA Has Gone Rogue! by don

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Baggins. Some time ago I occasionally did appraisals supporting small corporate retirement investments. One I looked at was 4 four plex’s in a large group of varied R-3 properties. My subject was at the end of an easement with separate managements. Obviously, vacancies and management practices differed among all the different owners.

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Not So Fast! Canada's Trudeau Signals Caution In Response To Takeover Bid Of Copper, Coal Miner Teck Resources

Benzinga

As the merger, acquisition and takeover season in the mining industry continues to heat up, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday said Glencore, Plc’s hostile bid to takeover Teck Resources, Ltd (NYSE: TECK ) would face a “rigorous process” of approval, according to the Financial Post. In an interview on Bloomberg Television, Trudeau said Glencore would have to abide by Canada’s takeover rules “so investors can know what they’re getting into”

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Exploring opportunities in the generative AI value chain

Mckinsey and Company

Generative AI is giving rise to an entire ecosystem, from hardware providers to application builders, that will help bring its potential for business to fruition.

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Does Board Size Matter?

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Dirk Jenter (London School of Economics), Thomas Schmid (Hong Kong University), and Daniel Urban (Erasmus University Rotterdam) , on Thursday, April 27, 2023 Editor's Note: Dirk Jenter is a Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Thomas Schmid is an Associate Professor of Finance at Hong Kong University, and Daniel Urban is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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Lewis University and St. Augustine College Plan Merger

Business Wire M&A

ROMEOVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The presidents of Lewis University and St. Augustine College today announced a plan to merge both institutions, with both Boards of Trustees unanimously approving the decision. The schools will now submit an application to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to make St. Augustine College a part of Lewis University.

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Getty Refuses To Entertain $3.95B Activist Takeover Proposal

Law 360 M&A

Getty Images has rejected a $3.95 billion takeover offer from activist investor Trillium Capital LLC, saying that without further details about why the $10 per share bid would benefit the business and shareholders, the status quo is the best path forward right now.

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Agency FAQs (Part 59) Address ACA Preventive Health Services Mandate After Braidwood

ThomsonReuters

FAQs About Affordable Care Act and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Implementation Part 59 (Apr. 13, 2023) Available at [link] The DOL, HHS, and IRS have jointly issued FAQs (Part 59) addressing the impact of the recent court decision in Braidwood Management Inc. v. Becerra on the requirement to cover certain preventive health services without cost-sharing.

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Eli Lilly Divests Low Blood Sugar Drug Baqsimi To Amphastar For $500M Cash

Benzinga

Eli Lilly And Co (NYSE: LLY ) will divest Baqsimi, its nasal treatment for severe hypoglycemia in people with diabetes. Low blood glucose, also called low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, occurs when the glucose level in the blood drops below what is healthy. For many people with diabetes, this means a blood glucose reading lower than 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).

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Economic conditions outlook during turbulent times, March 2023

Mckinsey and Company

Executives’ enthusiasm for the economy rose—and then came back to earth. Meanwhile, concerns about financial-market volatility as a risk to growth have increased.

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Law and Courts in an Age of Debt

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Jared Ellias (Harvard Law School) and Elisabeth De Fontenay (Duke University) , on Thursday, April 20, 2023 Editor's Note: Jared Ellias is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School; Elisabeth de Fontenay is a Professor of Law at Duke University. This post is based on their recent paper , forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

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BGSF, Inc. Announces Strategic Acquisition Providing Nearshore and Offshore IT Consulting

Business Wire M&A

PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BGSF, Inc. (NYSE: BGSF) (“BGSF”), a growing provider of consulting, managed services and professional workforce solutions, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Arroyo Consulting LLC, (“Arroyo” or “Arroyo Consulting”). Arroyo Consulting is a nearshore/offshore professional workforce solutions firm that specializes in IT and software development with operations in the US, Colombia and India.

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