October, 2023

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Exxon Acquires Pioneer Natural Resources for $60 Billion

NYT M&A

The acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources, Exxon’s largest since its merger with Mobil in 1999, is a bet that U.S. energy policy will not move against fossil fuels in a major way.

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Boards of Directors in Disruptive Times: Improving Corporate Governance Effectiveness

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Jordi Canals (IESE Business School), on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 Editor's Note: Jordi Canals is Professor of Strategic Management and the holder of Fundación IESE Chair in Corporate Governance at IESE Business School. This post is based on his book. Disney’s board of directors fired CEO Bob Chapek on November 20, 2022. He was nominated for that job in February 2020 to replace Bob Iger -Disney CEO between 2005 and 2020-, after several board attempts in previous years to speed up Ig

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From Tradition to Transformation: Appraising Diplomatic Real Estate

IVSC

Wayne A. Nygard, MAI, FRICS is the Division Chief for the Evaluations Division (“EV”) within the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations of the U.S. Department of State. EV is responsible for evaluation of U.S. Embassy and Consulate facilities and other real estate worldwide. The portfolio consists of over 25,000 properties in over 190 countries. Nygard oversees a staff of appraisers and real estate analysts who review and perform Market Value Appraisals worldwide as well as conduct various anal

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Fintechs: A new paradigm of growth

Mckinsey and Company

After decades of hypergrowth, fintechs have entered a new era of value creation, where the focus is on sustainable, profitable growth. This report examines how fintechs can win in these disruptive times.

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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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Head of Product at HRMS Company Says A.I. Is the Copilot and Not the Replacement in the Payroll Industry

ThomsonReuters

In a recent discussion on the role of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the payroll industry, the head of product at a human resources management systems (HRMS) company said that the next-generation technology will function as more of a copilot for employers, practitioners, and professionals, rather than as a replacement of human talent. Until technology began to catch up, payroll was primarily a manual process through the first half of the 20 th century.

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EY US and AuditBoard Announce Expansion of Alliance to Empower Businesses to Better Manage Risks

Audit Board

New service offerings leverage AuditBoard’s connected risk platform and EY’s solutions to address dynamic risk assessment and controls testing needs for enterprises. LOS ANGELES, CA - October 19, 2023 – AuditBoard, the leading cloud-based platform transforming audit, risk, IT security, and ESG management, today announced the expansion of their existing alliance with Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) to provide powerful new joint offerings for internal audit and IT audit teams.

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The DNA of 2023 U.S. Sustainability Reports

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Martha Carter, Matt Filosa, Diana Lee, Teneo, on Friday, October 6, 2023 Editor's Note: Martha Carter is Vice Chair & Head of Governance Advisory, Matt Filosa is Senior Managing Director, and Diana Lee is Senior Vice President at Teneo. This post is based on a Teneo memorandum by Ms. Carter, Mr. Filosa, Ms.Lee, Sean Quinn , and Sydney Carlock.

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Oil megadeals usher in an age of energy uncertainty

Financial Times M&A

Those betting transactions by Chevron and ExxonMobil signal robust demand growth may want to think twice

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Five paths to TSR outperformance

Mckinsey and Company

It’s hard for companies to significantly beat long-term market TSR, harder still for the largest corporations, and hardest of all in the face of low growth. But industry endowment needn’t be destiny.

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How do different accounting firms use AI?

ThomsonReuters

Jump to: How many accounting firms use AI? How do the Big 4 use artificial intelligence? How do smaller accounting firms use AI? How does AI impact workflow? In today’s fast-paced business world, ignoring technology is not an option, and the field of accounting is no exception. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a game-changer, helping accounting firms streamline processes, improve accuracy, and deliver more value to their clients.

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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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AuditBoard Announces AI and Analytics Capabilities

Audit Board

Purpose-built extensions allow Audit, Risk, and Compliance teams to leverage transformative automation and data insights to manage risk more efficiently. LOS ANGELES, October 18, 2023 - AuditBoard , the leading cloud-based platform transforming audit, risk, compliance, and ESG management, today revealed powerful new capabilities purpose-built to enable teams to automate critical workflows, surface key strategic insights, and stay on top of proliferating risks.

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Rite Aid Files for Bankruptcy, Facing Slumping Sales and Opioid Suits

NYT M&A

The pharmacy chain, one of the country’s largest, faces more than a thousand lawsuits that say it filled illegal prescriptions for painkillers.

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State of Cyber Awareness in the Boardroom

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Sarah Kuranda Vallone, VP Marketing (NightDragon) and Edna Twumwaa Frimpong, Director of International Research (Diligent Institute), on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 Editor's Note: Sarah Kuranda Vallone is a VP Marketing at NightDragon, and Edna Twumwaa Frimpong is a Director of International Research at Diligent Institute. This post is based on a NightDragon and Diligent memorandum by Ms.

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Western Digital Set To Merge With Japan's Kioxia, Further Consolidating Chip Market

Benzinga

Japanese chipmaker Kioxia Holdings and its U.S. peer Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ: WDC ) are expected to agree on a merger soon. What Happened : The two companies look to set up a holding company to integrate their operations producing NAND flash memory chips, widely used in devices such as PCs and smartphones. The combined entity will likely list on the Nasdaq stock exchange, the Japan Times reported.

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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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What is Web3?

Mckinsey and Company

Web3 is a term used to describe the next iteration of the internet, one that is built on blockchain technology and is communally controlled by its users.

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Benchmark International Still Ranked the Number One Privately Held M&A Company in the World

Benchmark Report

Refinitiv , previously known as Thomson Reuters, has released their Global League Tables for Q3 2023, and Benchmark International was recognized with several high rankings in multiple categories. Also of note, for the year-over-year change in the number of deals both in the U.S. and Worldwide, Benchmark International is nearly the only firm to show a positive change in the number of deals.

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Microsoft completes $69bn deal to buy Call of Duty maker Activision Blizzard

The Guardian M&A

Completion of sale follows regulator’s decision to allow it after competition concerns were addressed Microsoft has completed its $69bn (£57bn) deal to buy Activision Blizzard, the maker of games including Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, after the UK’s competition watchdog cleared the acquisition. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had moved to block the deal in April , citing concerns that Microsoft – the maker of the Xbox gaming console – would dominate the nascent cloud gaming ma

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Chevron to Acquire Hess for $53 Billion in Latest Major Oil Deal

NYT M&A

The acquisition marks further consolidation of the oil industry and highlights the confidence that energy companies have in the future of fossil fuels.

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Standardization and Innovation in Venture Capital Contracting: Evidence from Startup Company Charters

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Robert Bartlett (Stanford Law School), on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 Editor's Note: Robert Bartlett is the W. A. Franke Professor of Law and Business and faculty co-director of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School. This post is based on his recent paper. In 2003, a group of approximately two dozen lawyers specializing in venture capital (VC) finance embarked on a mission to standardize the financing documents utilized by VC firms for inve

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“Dumb Money” Review: A Worthy Addition to the Classic Finance Movie Roster?

Brian DeChesare

Whenever I watch a new movie or TV show, I always try to go in optimistic – even if I have doubts about the premise, writing, or production values. Unfortunately, my initial instincts are often correct: If I have a bad feeling about something, it usually has issues. And that is exactly what happened when I watched Dumb Money , the movie about the GameStop short squeeze in 2021 , the other day.

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Tech talent in transition: Seven technology trends reshaping telcos

Mckinsey and Company

With technologies like edge computing, AI, and xRAN transforming telecom, leaders are reassessing how to capture value. Rethinking talent is a key piece of the puzzle.

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Market Bipolarity: Exuberance versus Exhaustion!

Musings on Markets

As we enter the last quarter of 2023, it has been a roller coaster of a year. We started the year with significant uncertainty about whether the surge in inflation seen in 2022 would persist as well as about whether the economy was headed into a recession. In the first half of the year, we had positive surprises on both fronts, as inflation dropped after than expected and the economy stayed resilient, allowing for a comeback on stocks, which I wrote about in a post in July 2023.

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ExxonMobil backs up bullish view of oil demand with $60bn bet

Financial Times M&A

Purchase of Pioneer reinforces group’s Permian Basin inventory as fossil fuel debate intensifies

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S.E.C. Sues Elon Musk to Compel Him to Testify on Twitter Purchase

NYT M&A

The agency said Mr. Musk was subpoenaed to testify last month about his purchases of Twitter’s stock last year, but he failed to appear.

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The Compensation Committee’s Evolving Role in Human Capital Management

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Blair Jones, Rachel Ki, and Jennifer Teefey, Semler Brossy LLC, on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 Editor's Note: Blair Jones is a Managing Director, Rachel Ki is an Associate, and Jennifer Teefey is a Senior Associate Consultant at Semler Brossy LLC. This post is based on a NACD Directorship magazine publication. Many leaders delved into human capital management (HCM) when the economy was booming, just before the Great Resignation.

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Engagement Quality Reviews under SQMS No. 2

Trout CPA

Written by Nicole Cradic, CPA, Partner This article first appeared in the Pennsylvania CPA Journal - Fall 2023 and is reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2023 by the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs. All rights reserved. The Auditing Standards Board (ASB) issued four quality management standards in June 2022. These were generally presented in the spring 2023 issue of the Pennsylvania CPA Journal together with a deeper dive into SQMS No.1, A Firm’s System of Quality Management.

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Courageous growth: Six strategies for continuous growth outperformance

Mckinsey and Company

Fewer than one in four companies outpace their industry peers on revenue and profit growth. New McKinsey research reveals the six mindsets and strategies that set these growth outperformers apart.

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London bus operator Arriva bought by US private equity firm

The Guardian M&A

Deutsche Bahn offloads company to I Squared in deal worth £1.4bn, three years after putting it up for sale Germany’s terrible trains are no joke for a nation built on efficiency The London red bus operator Arriva has been snapped up by US infrastructure investor I Squared in a deal believed to be worth about €1.6bn (£1.4bn). Arriva was put up for sale in 2019 by its German owner, Deutsche Bahn, which had originally sought to offload the company to reduce its own debts.

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Edtech group Byju’s faces shrinking empire with creditors at the gates

Financial Times M&A

Online education company was once India’s most valuable start-up but now plans asset sales to settle debts

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BuzzFeed in Advanced Talks to Sell Complex, Backtracking on Digital Media Bet

NYT M&A

BuzzFeed is negotiating a sale of much of Complex Networks for under $140 million, less than half of what it paid to acquire it two years ago.

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The CEO Shareholder: Straightforward Rewards for Long-term Performance

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Joel Paula, FCLTGlobal, on Monday, October 23, 2023 Editor's Note: Joel Paula is a Policy Advisor at FCLTGlobal. This post is based on a FCLTGlobal memorandum by Mr. Paula, Jess Gaspar , Matt Leatherman , and Sarah Williamson. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes Paying for Long-Term Performance (discussed on the Forum here ) by Lucian Bebchuk and Jesse Fried.

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How to Withdraw an Employee Retention Credit (ERC) Claim

Machen McChesney

Machen McChesney would like to bring to your attention a recent announcement from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) and a special withdrawal process introduced to address concerns about ineligible claims and protect small businesses from scams. This announcement is part of a broader effort by the IRS to safeguard small businesses and organizations from the barrage of suspect ERC advertising.

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Author Talks: Am I making myself clear?

Mckinsey and Company

Feeling misunderstood? A BBC journalist shares the communication blunders that keep you from getting your point across and what you can do to avoid them.

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The Journey to Achieving a BHAG of 10 Million Shoes

Rhythm Systems

I am still reflecting on what an inspiring experience Christine Rutherford and I had last week traveling to South Africa as part of a larger mission to help Samaritan’s Feet International hit their BHAG ( Big Hairy Audacious Goal ) of serving the 10 millionth recipient with a pair of shoes. I am grateful to have brought our Head of Sales, Christine, alongside me - who was so focused on giving back and connecting with everyone we met.

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