February, 2023

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How To Fix The C-suite Diversity Problem

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Tina Shah Paikeday, and Nisa Qosja, Russell Reynolds Associates, on Saturday, February 25, 2023 Editor's Note: Tina Shah Paikeday is the Global Head of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practice, and Nisa Qosja is a Knowledge Consultant at Russell Reynolds Associates. This post is based on their Russell Reynolds memorandum. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes Politics and Gender in the Executive Suite (discussed on the Forum here ) by Alma Cohen, Mosh

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IVSC and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Announce Collaboration to Promote Intellectual Property Valuation

IVSC

IVSC and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation and collaboration on issues related to the valuation of intellectual property and other intangible assets. The MoU will facilitate the exchange of information and expertise between the two organisations, and will include collaboration in research and development activities, training and capacity building, and the promotion of best practices in the valuation of in

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The AI-native telco: Radical transformation to thrive in turbulent times

Mckinsey and Company

Artificial intelligence, when deployed at scale, can help telcos protect core revenues and drive margin growth. But capturing this opportunity will require a wholly different approach.

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PublicSq., a Leading Values-Aligned Marketplace, to Go Public via Combination with Colombier Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: CLBR)

Business Wire M&A

PALM BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PSQ Holdings, Inc. (“PublicSq.”), the nation’s largest values-aligned marketplace, and Colombier Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: CLBR) (“Colombier”), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, today announced that they have entered into a definitive business combination agreement. After the anticipated closing in the third quarter of 2023, the combined company will retain the PSQ Holdings, Inc.

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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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The Adani Group Scandal Casts Doubt on the Rule of Law in India

Reynolds Holding

Sound policymaking has helped India modernize and achieve robust economic growth, positioning it to become an increasingly important player on the world stage. But recent developments – and scandals – show that the government must address some major issues if it wants to sustain India’s global rise. — Nouriel Roubini [1] As India chairs the G20 meeting in Bengaluru, the country emerges as one of the most economically powerful and politically important countries in the world.

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We all need active listening skills

Norman Marks

Whatever your role within the organization, the ability to listen, really hear, and understand others is crucial. The concept of active listening takes the idea further. Skills you need has an excellent article on the topic. I like what it says: Active listening involves listening with all senses.

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The State of Startup Valuation – February 2023

Equidam

Note: We update our startup valuation parameters on a regular basis, in order to stay current with market data and ensure our platform is consistent with the fundraising environment and broad economic trends. Those of you paying attention on the platform will know we’re about to release the 5.6 update. Two specific parameters are always worth a closer look, to understand how the market is developing: Average and Maximum startup valuation for the Scorecard and Checklist methods, derived from our

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How to close the Black tech talent gap

Mckinsey and Company

Businesses risk billions if Black professionals continue to be underrepresented in tech jobs. Closing the gap means making changes to education, recruiting, and retention initiatives.

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Our learnings from working with generative AI model ChatGPT

Avanade

After many months of experimenting with generative AI like ChatGPT from OpenAI, Florin Rotar shares Avanade’s learnings and recommendations to help organizations act now.

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How tax professionals can add value by investing in advisory services

ThomsonReuters

Stop giving away your expertise for free. Sure, you are charging clients for your services; however, the real value is not within your services but within the advisory relationship you are ideally building with your clients. The advisory relationship is the bedrock that enables you to form trust and provide higher-value services to your clients. It is how you better understand their goals and develop loyal and profitable relationships.

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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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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Doubles Down on Private 5G, Extends Leadership in Wireless Connectivity with Acquisition of Athonet

Business Wire M&A

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced the expansion of its connected edge-to-cloud offering with the acquisition of Athonet, a private cellular network technology provider that delivers mobile core networks to enterprises and communication service providers. Combined with the HPE telco and Aruba networking portfolios, Athonet will put HPE at the forefront of a growing market that is predicted by IDC to increase to more than $1.6 billion1 by 2026.

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Global Corporate Credit ESG Engagement Report

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Jonathan Bailey, Savannah Irving, Neuberger Berman LLC, on Saturday, February 4, 2023 Editor's Note: Jonathan Bailey is a Managing Director and Head of ESG Investing, and Savannah Irving is an Associate at Neuberger Berman LLC. This post is based on their Neuberger Berman memorandum. In recent years a variety of market disrupting events have underscored the importance of active ownership and the analysis of material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in fundamental cred

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Out to the Public and Back Again

Auto Dealer Valuation Insights

A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted the trend of newly-public companies reverting back to private ownership after a very short time in public hands. Among the boomerang IPOs mentioned in the article was that of backyard grill maker Weber. With the advent of grilling season, we were curious about Weber’s experience in the public markets and any lessons that family business directors.

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Agtech: Breaking down the farmer adoption dilemma

Mckinsey and Company

Current macroeconomic conditions, consumer focus on sustainability, regulations, and changing business models could further drive farmers’ adoption of agtech products, if their concerns are addressed.

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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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Technology ROI: How to realize value quicker when times are hard

Avanade

Jillian Moore shares Avanade’s approach in challenging times to rapidly cut through complexity and show business value from digital in as little as four weeks.

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Warner Bros. Discovery Seeks Atty Fees In Motor Trend Case

Law 360 M&A

Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. and two subsidiaries are asking the Delaware Chancery Court to order the minority owner of auto enthusiast media company Motor Trend Group LLC to pay their costs for defending litigation over an appraisal dispute, arguing that they have "prevailed on every contested issue in the case.

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MEI Pharma and Infinity Pharmaceuticals Announce Definitive Merger Agreement to Advance Three Promising Clinical Oncology Candidates

Business Wire M&A

SAN DIEGO, CA. & CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MEI Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: MEIP) (“MEI”), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on advancing new therapies for cancer, and Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Director Perspective: Top Priorities of 2023

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Ted Sikora, NACD, on Friday, February 10, 2023 Editor's Note: Ted Sikora is a Project Manager, Surveys and Business Analytics at NACD. This post is based on his NACD publication. If 2020 was the year of the COVID-19 pandemic and 2021 was the year of building toward recovery, 2022 offered little respite for directors overseeing companies amid a chaotic business environment.

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Seagen Stock Soars On Pfizer Takeover Talks: What's Going On?

Benzinga

Seagen Inc (NASDAQ: SGEN ) shares are trading higher Monday following reports indicating pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) is considering acquiring the biotech company. What To Know: According to a Wall Street Journal report citing people familiar with the matter, Pfizer is in early stage talks to acquire Seagen. There is no guarantee that a deal will be reached.

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Into all problem-solving, a little dissent must fall

Mckinsey and Company

In today’s interconnected business environment, companies won’t be able to solve problems effectively without encouraging “contributory dissent”—a healthy approach to gathering diverse perspectives that should be taught to team members, modeled by leaders, and supported by culture.

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Tax professionals can add value by

ThomsonReuters

Stop giving away your expertise for free. Sure, you are charging clients for your services; however, the real value is not within your services but within the advisory relationship you are ideally building with your clients. The advisory relationship is the bedrock that enables you to form trust and provide higher-value services to your clients. It is how you better understand their goals and develop loyal and profitable relationships.

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Chancery Fixes Millions Of Potentially Invalid De-SPAC Shares

Law 360 M&A

Delaware's Court of Chancery restored confidence to millions of investors in former blank-check companies Monday, validating more than a billion publicly-traded shares that a vice chancellor's decision called into doubt late this past year.

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Ferrer Acquires Worldwide Rights to ASN90, an O-GlcNAcase Inhibitor From Asceneuron, Exclusively to Treat Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)

Business Wire M&A

BARCELONA, Spain & LAUSANNE, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Spanish pharmaceutical company Ferrer and Swiss clinical stage biotechnology company Asceneuron announce the signing of a licensing agreement in which Ferrer obtains the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize ASN90 in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), an orphan, tau-related disease with a high unmet medical need1.

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Where is the World Going in 2023 and Beyond?

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Paul Keary, Ursula Burns, and Sparky Zivin, Teneo, on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 Editor's Note: Paul Keary is CEO, Ursula Burns is Chair, and Sparky Zivin is a Senior Managing Director at Teneo. This post is based on their Teneo report. Foreword The role of today’s CEO is evolving, paralleling the shifting global financial, geopolitical and social landscapes in which they operate.

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The 10 Characteristics Of Startup Valuation

Equidam

An era of excessively high startup valuations cannot last, and at some point the early stage fundraising market collapses under its own weight. Never has that been so clear as we spin out of 2022 into strong headwinds for venture capital and startup fundraising. But how can we all agree on an appropriate way to approach early stage valuation? At this stage the process really only produces an opinion on worth, and the validity of that opinion – the test it must pass – ultimately comes

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Planning for uncertainty in commercial aerospace

Mckinsey and Company

Commercial aviation faces its most uncertain future in decades. COVID-depressed demand is now resurging, but there are many uncertainties and challenges for operators and manufacturers to manage.

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Required minimum distributions after SECURE 2.0

LaPorte

(authored by RSM US LLP) SECURE 2.0 changes the rules governing how and when certain retirement savers can withdraw money from their retirement accounts and IRAs. The post Required minimum distributions after SECURE 2.0 first appeared on LaPorte.

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IRS Issues 2022 Versions of Publications 502 and 503 for Medical and Dependent Care Expenses

ThomsonReuters

IRS Publication 502 (Medical and Dental Expenses (for 2022 Returns)); IRS Publication 503 (Child and Dependent Care Expenses (for 2022 Returns)) Publication 502 Publication 503 The IRS has released updated versions of Publications 502 and 503 for the 2022 tax year. Publication 502 describes the medical expenses that are deductible by taxpayers on their 2022 federal income tax returns.

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Luminia Acquires New Hampshire Solar Garden to Expand Community Solar Portfolio

Business Wire M&A

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Luminia has executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to acquire the assets, development resources and project pipeline of New Hampshire Solar Garden, including 15 MWs of community solar that the companies jointly closed in 2022. Luminia will now control and manage the developer’s community solar portfolio totaling over 218 MWs.

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ESG: EU Regulatory Change and Its Implications

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Lewis Davison, Fiona McNally and Charlotte North, BNY Mellon, on Saturday, February 18, 2023 Editor's Note: Lewis Davison is a Senior Product Manager, Fiona McNally and Charlotte North are Directors at BNY Mellon. This post is based on a BNY Mellon report. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes The Illusory Promise of Stakeholder Governance (discussed on the Forum here ) by Lucian A.

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Tesla Is Driving Sigma Lithium Stock Higher Today: What's Going On?

Benzinga

Sigma Lithium Corp (NASDAQ: SGML ) shares are trading higher Tuesday following reports that Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA ) is considering a bid for the battery metals mining company. What Happened: According to a Bloomberg report released after the market close Friday, Tesla is considering a takeover of. Full story available on Benzinga.

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Building innovation ecosystems: Accelerating tech hub growth

Mckinsey and Company

Innovation ecosystems can generate economic, financial, and social benefits for all, and there’s new federal funding to build them. A six-step playbook could help leaders get them right.

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Ten quick year-end reminders for GILTI

LaPorte

(authored by RSM US LLP) Don't be guilty. Year-end planning and analysis is still required for GILTI due to the ever-changing tax law. The post Ten quick year-end reminders for GILTI first appeared on LaPorte.

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IIA Gives Sneak Peek at Overhaul to Its Professional Standards

Internal Audit 360

I n a “special issue” of its Global Perspectives and Insights newsletter the Institute of Internal Auditors provided an early view of the changes it is considering to its professional practice standards, which govern how it expects its members to act as they conduct their work as internal auditors. In 2020, the IIA embarked on a project, headed by its International Internal Audit Standards Board, to completely overhaul its professional practice standards.

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