March, 2024

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Stay Interviews Are Key To Retaining Legal Talent

Law 360 M&A

Even as the economy shifts and layoffs continue, law firms still want to retain their top attorneys, and so-called stay interviews — informal conversations with employees to identify potential issues before they lead to turnover — can be a crucial tool for improving retention and morale, say Tina Cohen Nicol and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

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A Global Baseline? How to Navigate Interoperability Across Sustainability Reporting Rules

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Subodh Mishra, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., on Thursday, March 28, 2024 Editor's Note: Subodh Mishra is Global Head of Communications at ISS STOXX. This post is based on an ISS-Corporate memorandum by Jacob McKeeman and Kieran Woodsworth. Sustainability reporting rules developed by the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) for the IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards are set to be adopted across jurisdictions in the next few years, establishing a global ba

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Beyond Numbers: Incorporating ESG into International Valuation Standards

IVSC

Alexander Aronsohn FRICS is a chartered surveyor with long and wide ranging experience encompassing residential asset management, commercial and residential development, rating, national and international valuation and investment. He has worked as a property professional for over twenty years in a number of different specialisms, including at DTZ where he became an associate director in both their international valuation and international investment teams, focussing on cross border portfolio val

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What is artificial general intelligence (AGI)?

Mckinsey and Company

Artificial general intelligence (AGI) is a theoretical AI system with capabilities that rival those of a human. Many researchers believe we are still decades, if not centuries, away from achieving AGI.

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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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Former Twitter Executives Sue Elon Musk for $128 Million

NYT M&A

The plaintiffs, including Parag Agrawal, the former chief executive, are asking for severance after they lost their jobs during Mr. Musk’s 2022 takeover of the company.

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Google And Apple's Potential AI Partnership Sparks Analyst Optimism, Could Reinforce Google's Leadership in AI Technology

Benzinga

BofA analyst Justin Post reiterated a Buy rating on Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG ) (NASDAQ: GOOGL ) Google with a price target of $173. According to reports , Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) is discussing licensing the Gemini AI platform with Google for integration into the forthcoming iOS 18 software update. This collaboration is set to enrich iOS with advanced Gen-AI features, including an enhanced version of Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, alongside its proprietary AI tools designed for local

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2024 Global Construction Industry Report

Benchmark Report

The Global Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) market was valued at $10.05 billion in 2023, with a forecasted compound annual growth rate of 10.3% to reach $24.36 billion by 2032.

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Trout CPA Professionals Presents at the ESOP Association Conference

Trout CPA

Valuation Services Partner W. Michael Wolfe, CPA/ABV, CVA , and Senior Manager Sean Post, CPA, CFE , had the privilege of addressing attendees at the ESOP Association Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter Spring Conference on March 20, 2024. The ESOP Association stands as the preeminent advocate and educational resource for employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) across the United States.

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The human side of generative AI: Creating a path to productivity

Mckinsey and Company

The number of employees who use generative AI is expected to soar, freeing many to focus on higher-level cognitive work. Can organizations use this moment to make jobs more people centric?

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Forced to Change: Tech Giants Bow to Global Onslaught of Rules

NYT M&A

For years, Apple, Google, Meta and others operated unfettered. But new laws and regulations have finally compelled them to make major shifts to their products and businesses.

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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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Bookkeeping Red Flags and What To Do About Them

Redpath

Bookkeeping is strategically important for every business because financials form the foundation for daily operations and future planning. Identifying and correcting bookkeeping problems allows you to find and fix problems before they escalate so you can move forward with confidence.

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Telegraph takeover: UK planning new laws to prevent foreign states owning assets

The Guardian M&A

New legislation could thwart planned £600m purchase of media group by UAE-backed consortium The UK government plans to introduce legislation that would prevent foreign governments owning UK newspapers and magazines in a move that could scupper the planned £600m sale of the Telegraph to a UAE-backed consortium. RedBird IMI – a partnership between IMI, a fund backed by the UAE’s vice-president, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the US investment firm RedBird Capital Partners – is seeking to

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Investors Strike $42.5M Deal In Brookfield-GGP Merger Suit

Law 360 M&A

Brookfield Property Partners LP has reached a tentative $42.5 million deal to bring an end to a yearslong battle with stockholders who alleged they were given misleading information about the global real estate company's 2018 acquisition of U.S. mall operator GGP Inc.

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Johnson & Johnson Strong Strategic Fit For Shockwave Medical, But Medtronic, Boston Scientific Could Be Other Bidder, Says Analyst

Benzinga

Tuesday, Shockwave Medical Inc (NASDAQ: SWAV ) shares traded higher following a Wall Street Journal report suggesting Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) is reportedly in talks to acquire the company. Shockwave Medical is a cardiovascular medical device. In 2022, Johnson & Johnson acquired heart failure device-focused Abiomed Inc. for an upfront payment of $380.00 per share in cash, corresponding to an enterprise value of approximately $16.6 billion.

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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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Generative AI: The next S-curve for the semiconductor industry?

Mckinsey and Company

The surge of interest in and use of generative AI translates to higher demand for semiconductors, pushing the industry to innovate faster and produce more capable and efficient chips.

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What to Know About the TikTok Ban Legislation

NYT M&A

The House plans to vote on Wednesday on a bill that would force TikTok’s Chinese parent to sell the popular social media app.

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Mastering Permission Management: How to Secure Banking Documents

N Contracts

It seems so simple. Give employees access to the documents they need to do their jobs. But ask any IT manager, and they will tell you permission management is much more complicated than it appears.

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Independent to take control of BuzzFeed and HuffPost in UK and Ireland

The Guardian M&A

Media companies to combine publishing and advertising platforms to target gen Z and millennials The Independent will take control of BuzzFeed and HuffPost in the UK and Ireland with the intention to create “Britain’s biggest publisher network for gen Z and millennial audiences”, the publishers have said. The two media companies will combine their publishing, data and advertising platforms “to allow commercial partners to seamlessly buy across their sites”.

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T-Mobile Can Appeal Refusal To Toss Sprint Merger Case

Law 360 M&A

An Illinois federal court granted T-Mobile's request on Wednesday to immediately appeal a ruling refusing to toss a proposed class action from AT&T and Verizon subscribers who have alleged their prices increased because of T-Mobile's 2020 merger with Sprint.

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Credits and incentives available to retirement plan sponsors

LaPorte

(authored by RSM US LLP) Employers with less than 100 employees who have recently adopted or are considering a retirement plan have a tax savings opportunity. The post Credits and incentives available to retirement plan sponsors first appeared on LaPorte.

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Latinos in Hollywood: Amplifying voices, expanding horizons

Mckinsey and Company

Improving on- and off-screen representation of Latinos, their stories, and their culture could generate billions of dollars in new revenue for the industry, according to new McKinsey research.

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When Private Equity Came for the Music Industry

NYT M&A

Private equity is cannibalizing the music industry by buying up old hits and pushing them back into our cultural consciousness.

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Unlocking AI-assisted development: Microdosing strategies for freethinkers

Avanade

Sean Peterson proposes four ways that you can “microdose” GitHub Copilot (or any similar copilot) — that is, introduce it into your work holistically and deliberately, in the spirit of adventure and experimentation.

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Inside the battle for ‘trophy asset’ the Telegraph – and for the soul of Tory Britain

The Guardian M&A

Traditional affinity between Conservatives and the newspaper has given way to a complex, splintered drama, and the attempted acquisition by Gulf-backed RedBird IMI lies in limbo With the Conservative party trailing Labour by nearly 20 points in the polls, it needs all the help it can get if it is going to have a fighting chance at the next election.

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Everbridge Investor Seeks To Block $1.8B Thoma Bravo Deal

Law 360 M&A

A shareholder in Massachusetts-based emergency management platform Everbridge Inc. is asking a state court to intervene in a pending $1.8 billion acquisition by private equity firm Thoma Bravo LP, alleging in a Wednesday lawsuit that investors are being misled about the true value of shares and the motives of those promoting the deal.

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Broadcom's VMware Overhaul Sparks Regulatory Scrutiny - What's Going On?

Benzinga

Broadcom Inc’s (NASDAQ: AVGO ) acquisition of VMware , a leading cloud-computing and virtualization firm, has sparked concern among Europe-based Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers of Europe (CISPE). Following the acquisition, CISPE urges regulators to address the pricing and business model adjustments Broadcom has implemented within VMware’s partnership program.

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How generative AI can help banks manage risk and compliance

Mckinsey and Company

In the next five years, generative AI could fundamentally change financial institutions’ risk management by automating, accelerating, and enhancing everything from compliance to climate risk control.

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China Condemns U.S. Proposal to Force the Sale of TikTok

NYT M&A

The foreign ministry accused Washington of “resorting to hegemonic moves” ahead of House vote on a bill aimed at ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company.

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Request for Proposal (RFP) FAQ: Best Practices for Banks

N Contracts

When considering a new product or service, financial institutions often ask potential vendors to complete a request for proposal (RFP). An RPF is a document designed to help determine if a third-party service’s service or product is a good match for an institution’s needs.

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Tax expert advises “be prepared early” for potential TCJA changes

ThomsonReuters

Jump to: Compliance and having multiple plans Possibility of retroactive changes IRS funding may help either way Some expiring provisions may be positive The back-to-office effect Potential impact of changes Ideal situation for advisors Changes may come “late in the game” The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA; P.L. 115-97 ) of 2017 brought about significant changes to the U.S. tax system, including provisions affecting both individ

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Timberwolves Owner Calls Off $1.5B Sale To A-Rod, Lore

Law 360 M&A

Glen Taylor, the longtime majority owner of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, confirmed Thursday he will not sell the teams for $1.5 billion to former MLB star Alex Rodriguez and entrepreneur Marc Lore, publicly stating the two would-be buyers missed the deadline to acquire a controlling interest.

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Comment on The Lack of Transparency in Appraiser Compensation by Frustrated Appraiser

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Maureen Sweeney. Sadly the majority of appraisers are unaware of this committee and what they try to do! We need to keep sharing this info. Thank you Maureen.

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Generative AI fuels creative physical product design but is no magic wand

Mckinsey and Company

Generative AI tools can shorten physical product design life cycles significantly and spark innovation, but the knowledge and discretion of design experts are necessary to mitigate potential pitfalls.

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Gerald M. Levin, Time Warner Chief in a Merger Debacle, Dies at 84

NYT M&A

He was called a visionary in cable television, but his foray into the world of the internet, in a marriage with AOL, proved disastrous.