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Professional Insights: Customer Lifetime Value Uncovered

IVSC

Dan McCarthy Assistant Professor of Marketing, Emory University Daniel McCarthy is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business. His research specialty is the application of leading-edge statistical methodology to contemporary empirical marketing problems. His research interests include customer-based corporate valuation, which he popularised, customer lifetime value, limited data problems, data privacy, and the marketing/finance interface.

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Climate Action 100+ Departures Put Proxy Voting in the Spotlight

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Lindsey Stewart, Morningstar, Inc, on Sunday, April 28, 2024 Editor's Note: Lindsey Stewart is Director of Investment Stewardship Research at Morningstar, Inc. This post is based on a Morningstar memorandum by Mr. Stewart and River Meng. Key Takeaways Manager Exits Grab Headlines Ahead of Proxy Season Five US asset managers recently decided to exit or amend their participation in the Climate Action 100+ engagement initiative.

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Gen AI talent: Your next flight risk

Mckinsey and Company

Active users of gen AI are high value and in demand—and in many cases, poised to quit. New research reveals how to attract them, keep them engaged, and motivate them to stay put.

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Glencore-Anglo American Tie-Up Makes More Sense Than BHP Offer, Analyst Says

Benzinga

Diversified miners Glencore (OTC: GLNCY ) and Anglo American (OTC: NGLOY ) offer a better match than that proposed in BHP Group ‘s (NYSE: BHP ) offer for Anglo, RBC Capital Markets analyst Marina Calero said in a note to clients on Friday. Last week, Australia-headquartered BHP said it had made a $39 billion offer for London-based Anglo, which swiftly rejected the proposal as too low.

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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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A TikTok Divestiture Is Long Overdue

NYT M&A

With its TikTok bill, Congress sent message to the world: You cannot disregard basic internet norms and expect to be treated like any other country.

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The Board Member’s Oversight of AI Risk – Moving from Middle to Modern English

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Sean Dowd, Rich Kando, and Chris Crovatto, AlixPartners LLP, on Thursday, May 2, 2024 Editor's Note: Sean Dowd is a Local Market Leader, Partner, and Managing Director; Rich Kando is a Partner and Managing Director; and Chris Crovatto is a Director at AlixPartners LLP. This post was prepared for the Forum by Mr. Dowd, Mr. Kando, and Mr. Crovatto.

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Canadian Giant SNDL Speeds Up Acquisition Of Majority Positions In Two US Cannabis Companies As Marijuana Rescheduling Looms

Benzinga

SNDL Inc. (NASDAQ: SNDL ), through its joint venture with SunStream Bancorp Inc. , announced on Thursday that SunStream USA group of companies will proceed with the process of acquiring equity positions in U.S. cannabis assets, following the completion of a review by SNDL’s listing authority, NASDAQ. SunStream USA I, LLC and SunStream USA II, LLC are among the entities that comprise the SunStream USA Group, with each entity including one or more third-party investors, all independently ma

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IRS releases plan to triple its audit rates on large corporations

LaPorte

(authored by RSM US LLP) Audit rates on large corporations to increase threefold, per newly released IRS roadmap for spending Inflation Reduction Act funds. The post IRS releases plan to triple its audit rates on large corporations first appeared on LaPorte.

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Contextual Corporate Governance

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Kevin D. Chen (Duke University), John E. Core (MIT), and Wayne R. Guay (University of Pennsylvania), on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 Editor's Note: Kevin D. Chen is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Duke University, John E. Core is the Nanyang Technological University Professor and a Professor of Accounting at MIT, and Wayne R. Guay is the Yagao Professor of Accounting at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Digital twins: Capturing value from renewable hydrogen megaprojects

Mckinsey and Company

Hydrogen developers could use digital twins to improve the economic viability of renewable projects and meet increasing demand. Here, we illustrate how, using renewable hydrogen as an example.

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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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PE-Healthcare Mergers Should Prepare For Challenges

Law 360 M&A

State and federal regulators are increasingly imposing new requirements on healthcare transactions involving private equity partners, with mergers that would have drawn little scrutiny a few years ago now requiring a multijurisdictional risk analysis during the deal formation process, say attorneys at Stinson.

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New retirement plan distribution options introduced by SECURE 2.0

LaPorte

(authored by RSM US LLP) SECURE 2.0 provides new opportunities for plan participants to take retirement distributions without incurring early withdrawal penalties. The post New retirement plan distribution options introduced by SECURE 2.0 first appeared on LaPorte.

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The SEC and CFTC Overhaul Form PF

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Michael Didiuk, Malik Rollins, and Joseph Daly, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 Editor's Note: Michael Didiuk is a Partner, Malik Rollins is Special Counsel, and Joseph Daly is an Associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. This post is based on their Schulte memorandum. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) have overhauled Form PF and private fund managers have until March 12, 2025, to begin repor

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From start-up to centaur: Leadership lessons on scaling

Mckinsey and Company

This playbook for founder CEOs on scaling from start-up to standout and beyond borrows lessons from the global B2B software-as-a-service industry.

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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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Don't Use The Same Template For Every Client Alert

Law 360 M&A

As the old marketing adage goes, consistency is key, but law firm style guides need consistency that contemplates variety when it comes to client alert formats, allowing attorneys to tailor alerts to best fit the audience and subject matter, says Jessica Kaplan at Legally Penned.

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Comment on Fannie Mae to Maryland: DROP DEAD by Baggins

Appraisers Blog

The saga of proposed AI regulation in Colorado continues… [link] He added: “The defense of innovation for the sake of innovation fails to mean something when that innovation is concentrated in the hands of the few, held behind opaque curtains, and is a source of systemic abuses.” That above is a quote from a high school kid. Below, a conversational AI type system executive. “This bill ensures that careful developers stay that way and makes reckless development impossible,

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For or against? The year in shareholder resolutions—2023

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Donna F. Anderson and Jocelyn S. Brown, T. Rowe Price, on Monday, April 29, 2024 Editor's Note: Donna F. Anderson is Global Head of Corporate Governance and Jocelyn S. Brown is Head of Governance for EMEA and Asia-Pacific at T. Rowe Price. This post is based on their T. Rowe Price memorandum. This is the fourth year that we have published analysis of our voting results on shareholder resolutions on environmental, social, and political topics. [1] Since the 2021 proxy voting season, wh

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What is deep learning?

Mckinsey and Company

Deep learning is a type of machine learning that is more capable, autonomous, and accurate than traditional machine learning.

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Walking With My Dog Makes Me A Better Lawyer

Law 360 M&A

Thanks to my dog Birdie, I've learned that carving out an activity different from the practice of law — like daily outdoor walks that allow you to interact with new people — can contribute to professional success by boosting creativity and mental acuity, as well as expanding your social network, says Sarah Petrie at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

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Comment on Another ‘Bad’ Word to Avoid! by Baggins

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Charlie. Charlie. They are violating your first amendment rights by policing your language this way. Hard coded into the system by a GSE (government sponsored enterprise), which is supposed to be overseen by congress… See where this is going? They’re getting exited about it too. Just like the Chinese people did during the great purge and final hard step to full communism, aka; the cultural revolution.

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Action Items for Boards: Where Directors and C-Suite Leaders Align and Diverge

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Frank Kurre, Protiviti; Mark Rogers, BoardProspects; and Michael Tae, Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 Editor's Note: Frank Kurre is a Managing Director at Protiviti, Mark Rogers is Founder and CEO at BoardProspects, and Michael Tae is Co-President at Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions. This post is based on their Protiviti memorandum.

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Thomas Dohmke on improving engineering experience using generative AI

Mckinsey and Company

Thomas Dohmke, CEO of GitHub, discusses the impact generative AI will have on software development, the evolution of the developer’s role, and the opportunity to accelerate innovation.

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Del. Justices Reverse Toss Of $7.3B Inovalon Deal Challenge

Law 360 M&A

Delaware's top court on Wednesday reversed a Chancery Court dismissal of stockholder challenges to the $7.3 billion go-private sale of Inovalon Holdings Inc. to Nordic Capital, saying that the lower court wrongly concluded that minority investors were adequately informed about the deal and special committee conflicts of interest.

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Comment on Another ‘Bad’ Word to Avoid! by Will

Appraisers Blog

I’ve been inserting my resume’ in all my residential reports for about 20-years now just as commercial appraisers do. Lately I’ve been getting flagged for the word “Bachelor” as in Bachelor of Arts Degree. We just can’t fix stupid now can we!

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Defenseless companies invite activism

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Miles Rogerson, Diligent Market Intelligence, on Friday, May 3, 2024 Editor's Note: Miles Rogerson is a Financial Journalist at Diligent Market Intelligence (DMI). This post is based on his Diligent memorandum. Nearly half of the Russell 3000 companies targeted by activists in 2023 had few defenses against such advances. According to Diligent Market Intelligence’s (DMI) Governance data, of the 103 Russell 3000 companies targeted by primary- and partial-focus activists in 2023, 50 had

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Why flow matters most in highly complex manufacturing

Mckinsey and Company

To meet escalating demand for the latest advanced products, companies need a better way to handle the interactions and uncertainties of increasingly complex manufacturing.

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Plastic-Film Maker Announces $200M Recapitalization

Law 360 M&A

Plastic-film maker Transcendia Holdings announced Thursday that it had reached a recapitalization deal that will cut $200 million in debt, provide $114 million in new capital, and hand majority ownership of the company to private equity firm Industrial Opportunity Partners.

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Comment on The Censorship of Appraisers by Honest Appraiser

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Baggins. Bags I had an AMC recently reject a report due to too many photos… said they couldn’t upload it. I told them my PC could handle it and I hadn’t heard of a download problem in at least 10 years… they came back asking me to downsize them and take out about 50%. Idgits.

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The proxy advisory industry: Influencing and being influenced

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Chong Shu (University of Utah), on Thursday, May 2, 2024 Editor's Note: Chong Shu is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Utah. This post is based on his article forthcoming in the Journal of Financial Economics. Investors, except for the largest ones, are generally apathetic towards corporate governance, reluctant to spend resources to effectively monitor their portfolio firms (Berle and Means, 1932).

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Anant Bhalla on the convergence of insurance, asset management

Mckinsey and Company

The former CEO of American Equity Investment Life reflects on his career path, Brookfield’s acquisition of AEL, and his predictions for the insurance industry.

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Kroger, Albertsons Say FTC Distorts Markets In Merger Case

Law 360 M&A

Kroger and Albertsons told an Oregon federal court to reject a pending merger challenge by the Federal Trade Commission and a group of states, saying it distorts the competitive landscape for the grocery and labor markets.

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Comment on Another ‘Bad’ Word to Avoid! by PD

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Baggins. I love he uses the word “potentially” That is subjective. As far as the word desireable. It depends on the context it is used; noun, verb, adjective. I contacted FNMA and they have no problem with its use in the context intended. To use it when necessary such as “the parties may desire a more in depth inspection” is totally permissible.

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Bob Bakish, Paramount CEO, Steps Down as Company Weighs Merger

NYT M&A

Mr. Bakish was once a staunch ally of Shari Redstone, Paramount’s controlling shareholder. His departure comes as the company considers a major merger.

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What is machine learning?

Mckinsey and Company

Machine learning is a form of artificial intelligence that is able to learn without explicit programming by a human.

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