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Top M&A trends in 2024: Blueprint for success in the next wave of deals

Mckinsey and Company

Will 2024 launch a bright new era for M&A? Anticipating what could be an inflection point, many dealmakers are preparing for a surge—and new market requirements—in the year ahead.

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Compensation Design Calls for Radical Simplification

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Charles G. Tharp, HR Policy Association, on Sunday, February 18, 2024 Editor's Note: Dr. Charles G. Tharp is Senior Advisor, Research and Practice of the Center On Executive Compensation and Executive VP at the HR Policy Association. This post is based on his HR Policy Association memorandum. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes Executive Compensation as an Agency Problem and Pay Without Performance: The Unfulfilled Promise of Executive Compensation both b

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ValuAsia Connect Webinar Series: Environment, Social and Governance

IVSC

Introduction Welcome to ValuAsia Connect, a webinar series specifically tailored for valuation professionals and stakeholders throughout Asia. Co-organised by the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) and the Institute of Valuers and Appraisers, Singapore (IVAS), this series seeks to address the evolving landscape of valuation practices in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Capital One Said to Be in Talks to Acquire Discover

NYT M&A

The proposed deal would combine two of the largest credit card companies in the United States.

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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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Adopting AI at speed and scale: The 4IR push to stay competitive

Mckinsey and Company

AI has brought the Fourth Industrial Revolution to an inflection point, and manufacturers must choose a path forward: innovate, accelerate, or follow fast.

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Post-Doctoral Corporate Governance Fellowships For Finance, Economics, and Accounting Researchers

Harvard Corporate Governance

The Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School (HLS) is seeking applications for Corporate Governance Post Doctoral Fellowships from highly qualified candidates with graduate training in finance, economics, or accounting. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and the start date is flexible. Appointments are for one year but the appointment period can be extended for additional one-year period/s (contingent on business needs and funding as are other Program positions).

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Texas Statewide Rule 8 Overhaul

Auto Dealer Valuation Insights

In October 2023, the Railroad Commission of Texas (the “RRC,” or the “Commission”) announced that for the first time in nearly 40 years, 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §3.8 (relating to Water Protection), also known as Statewide Rule 8 (“Rule 8”), would undergo a significant overhaul.

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The equity story you need for the long-term investors you want

Mckinsey and Company

Sophisticated investors are more likely to afford a company more time to let its strategy play out, even during volatility. But first, they need a clear equity story.

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Chancery Invalidates Elon Musk’s $55.8 Billion Equity Compensation Package

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Sean Feller, Krista Hanvey, and Christina Andersen, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Editor's Note: Sean Feller and Krista Hanvey are Partners, and Christina Andersen is Of Counsel at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. This post is based on their Gibson memorandum and is part of the Delaware law series ; links to other posts in the series are available here.

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FTC Says Twitter Staff Prevented Musk Violating Privacy Order

Law 360 M&A

The Federal Trade Commission told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that were it not for Twitter employees disobeying Elon Musk's orders to grant some reporters "full access to everything. no limits at all" to the social media platform's systems, the company may have violated a 2022 FTC consent decree.

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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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Comment on Let’s All Build the Gallows Together by Dave

Appraisers Blog

Thanks for the question Todd. Depreciation is not a straight line calculation. Depreciation is accrued depreciation which considers more than physical condition. There is some question as to whether land value is land as if vacant or land value is as it contributes to the improved lot. For all of these reasons I wouldn’t waste my time to try to convince somebody that this is a reliable approach to valuation.

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How generative AI could revitalize profitability for telcos

Mckinsey and Company

The new technology offers the sector a real opportunity to reverse its stagnant fortunes. But seizing it will require embracing innovation and agility to an unprecedented degree.

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A Theory of the REIT

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Jason Oh and Andrew Verstein, UCLA School of Law, on Monday, February 19, 2024 Editor's Note: Jason Oh is a Professor of Law and the Lowell Milken Chair in Law, and Andrew Verstein is a Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. This post is based on their article forthcoming in The Yale Journal on Regulation. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are companies that raise money from the public to invest in real estate.

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Cruise Line Hornblower Hits Ch. 11 With Over $1B Debt

Law 360 M&A

Cruise line and ferry service Hornblower Group Inc. and affiliates on Wednesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Texas with a plan to cut $720 million from its more than $1 billion of debt through a deal that will hand majority control to private equity firm Strategic Value Partners.

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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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Comment on Let’s All Build the Gallows Together by Todd Redington

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Baggins. As evidenced by my own experience when 2 out of 5 orders I indicated a need for increased scope of work because the PDC data was insufficient. Since then crickets… Note that most of my work from a desktop and PDC perspective is investigatory because of my position with certain organizations and having first hand knowledge of the process is paramount to crafting communication with regulatory parties.

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Deploying generative AI in US state governments: Pilot, scale, adopt

Mckinsey and Company

States could have much to gain from using generative AI tools in their operations. A low-risk strategy may be to test some applications while preparing a longer-term implementation plan.

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CCEOs Should Address 7 Questions When Considering a Human Rights Policy

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Dian Zhang and Kate Jordan, Gartner, Inc., on Monday, February 19, 2024 Editor's Note: Dian Zhang is a Senior Research Principal, and Kate Jordan is a Senior Principal Advisor at Gartner, Inc. This post is based on their Gartner 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 Value to All Stakeholders?

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Sorrento Says US Trustee's Protest Of Texas Venue Off Base

Law 360 M&A

Sorrento Therapeutics Inc. told a Texas bankruptcy court the company's choice to bring a Chapter 11 in the Lone Star state was sound, so the court should ignore a call from the U.S. Trustee's Office to trash or relocate the case.

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Comment on Let’s All Build the Gallows Together by Spencer Paul

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Baggins. The other concerns that I have are the legal concerns, specifically with E&O insurance. I have contracted by E&O (a larger one) and they have stated based on state board comments they would NOT cover the new hybrid appraisals due to the lack of verification of data that we are signing off on. If my E&O insurance is not willing to cover me on any assignments related to hybrid work, then why would ever want to do them?

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How to be a better chief of staff

Mckinsey and Company

The chief of staff role sits at the intersection of leadership and support. It also comes with enormous responsibility, opportunity, and influence. Here’s how to navigate it.

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Chamber of Commerce v. California Air Resources Board: Complaint

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Anna Restuccia (Harvard Law School), on Thursday, February 22, 2024 Editor's Note: This post provides the text of the complaint filed on January 30, 2024 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce against California over the state’s new corporate climate disclosure laws. IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, WESTERN DIVISION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CALIFORNIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION, LOS ANGELES

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Boomerang In Default For Silence On $7M Del. Contract Suit

Law 360 M&A

A defunct steel tube plant that failed to respond to a Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit seeking $7.35 million for unpaid invoices was found in default Tuesday after failing to appear in court for more than a year and a half.

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The BT Tower, a Once-Futuristic London Landmark, Will Become a Hotel

NYT M&A

The tower, once used to send telecom traffic, has been sold and will be transformed by the company that turned the TWA terminal at Kennedy Airport into a hotel.

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The growing imperative of energy optimization for telco networks

Mckinsey and Company

Rising energy costs, growing consumption, and the need to meet decarbonization goals are pressuring telcos to lower costs and to use electricity more efficiently.

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DEI on the Corporate Ballot: Strive’s Predictions for 2024

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Justin Danhof, Strive Asset Management, on Friday, February 23, 2024 Editor's Note: Justin Danhof is Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate Governance at Strive Asset Management. This post was prepared for the Forum by Mr. Danhof. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes The Perils and Questionable Promise of ESG-Based Compensation (discussed on the Forum here ) by Lucian A.

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Comment on Let’s All Build the Gallows Together by Baggins

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Spencer Paul. State the insurers name specifically if you can. That would send a shock wave to the pro desktop advocates if they’re completing this work, and have that same insurer. Has anyone to date requested the PDC inspectors professional liability insurance or general workers insurance and received a copy of that? Who’s insuring the property data collectors?

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The top 5 AI terms corporate tax professionals need to know

ThomsonReuters

Developments in artificial intelligence (AI) are advancing rapidly all the time, and it’s set to play an increasingly important role in everyday life and the professional landscape. It is inevitable that in the next few years, it will impact – and even transform – how corporate tax professionals go about their work. The good news is, AI should solve many pain points and make it easier (and quicker) to do a good job: cutting out repetitive processes and minimizing the risk of error, while e

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Healthcare in Latin America: What are consumers looking for?

Mckinsey and Company

A survey of more than 4,200 people paints a picture of typical healthcare consumers in Latin America, including their tendency to defer care and their desire for more convenient settings of care.

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Additional Proxy Vote Disclosure is Coming for the 2024 Proxy Season

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Nichol Garzon-Mitchell, Glass, Lewis & Co, on Friday, February 23, 2024 Editor's Note: Nichol Garzon-Mitchell is Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Glass, Lewis & Co. This post was prepared for the Forum by Ms. Garzon-Mitchell. As this year’s U.S. proxy season gets underway, attention turns, as always, to the proxy contests and shareholder proposals that will draw business press headlines over the coming months.

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Comment on Let’s All Build the Gallows Together by Dave

Appraisers Blog

Seriously, why are we so many of us taking the time to dignify the legitimacy of desktop appraising. We all know this is being imposed upon a profession by the financial services industry, who holds our profession with distain. The long and short of it is they need a license signature still without it they can’t pedal there crap. One of two things is going to happen.

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Ncontracts and America's Credit Unions Announce Alliance

N Contracts

BRENTWOOD, TN., February 22, 2023 –  Ncontracts , the leading provider of integrated compliance, risk, and vendor management solutions to the financial services industry, announced today its agreement with America’s Credit Unions for the promotion of Ncontracts' full suite of time and cost-saving risk management solutions.

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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, January 2024

Mckinsey and Company

The global economy was more resilient than anticipated in 2023, but there were patchy bright spots; 2024 brings further ambiguity.

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Incorporating Responsibility

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Andrew Verstein, UCLA School of Law, on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Editor's Note: Andrew Verstein is a Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. This post is based on his article forthcoming in The Yale Journal on Regulation. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes The Case for Increasing Shareholder Power and Letting Shareholders Set the Rules both by Lucian A.

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Comment on Let’s All Build the Gallows Together by Baggins

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Dave. In case people were not aware, one of the issues with the E appraise IT scandal which led to hvcc and the subsequent dodd frank reg z act, was that amc’s were altering appraisal reports without the appraisers permission, the re affixing the digital signature back in there. Sort of like XML files allow now as an industry requirement.