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Sony in Talks to Join a Bid to Buy Paramount

NYT M&A

The company and Apollo Global Management are discussing a joint effort, even as Paramount conducts exclusive merger negotiations with Skydance.

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Comparing the SEC Climate Rules to California, EU and ISSB Disclosure Frameworks

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Emma Bichet, Michael Mencher, Beth Sasfai, Cooley LLP, on Monday, April 15, 2024 Editor's Note: Emma Bichet and Michael Mencher are Special Counsels and Beth Sasfai is a Partner at Cooley LLP. This post is based on a Cooley memorandum by Ms. Bichet, Mr. Mencher, Ms. Sasfai, Jack Eastwood , and Charlotte Yin. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted its long-awaited climate disclosure rules on March 6, 2024.

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Saudi Arabia Near Deal For Stake In Gold, Copper Mine Project In Pakistan's Troubled Province

Benzinga

Saudi Arabia's Manara Minerals is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire a minority stake in Pakistan’s Reko Diq gold and copper mine project. The project, located in the commodity-rich province of Balochistan , is on track to start production by 2028. According to Bloomberg and the state-run Radio Pakistan, the official announcement could come within a few weeks.

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Consumers rule: Driving healthcare growth with a consumer-led strategy

Mckinsey and Company

Consumers are increasingly discerning about where, how, and from whom they receive healthcare. Healthcare can learn from other industries how to provide an optimal end-to-end consumer experience.

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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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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated The Transaction Between Bitco Telecoms (Pty) Ltd To Link Africa Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Benchmark Report

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the successful sale of BitCo Telecoms, a leading provider of business wireless and voice over IP solutions, to Link Africa, one of the leading cost-effective independent fibre network operators in South Africa

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Cybersecurity, audit, and the board: How does board oversight impact cybersecurity performance?

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Edna Twumwaa Frimpong and Dottie Schindlinger, Diligent Institute, and Derek Vadala, Bitsight, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 Editor's Note: Edna Twumwaa Frimpong is Director of International Research and Dottie Schindlinger is Executive Director at Diligent Institute; and Derek Vadala is Chief Risk Officer at Bitsight. This post is based on a recent report by Ms.

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Everything you wanted to know about carbon removals but were afraid to ask

Mckinsey and Company

Decarbonization has emerged as a critical tool in the fight against climate change, but it also shows promise as a means of economic acceleration across the globe. Learn how.

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Crowell & Moring Adds Corporate Partners From Neal Gerber

Law 360 M&A

Crowell & Moring LLP has added two longtime partners and practice group leaders from Chicago-based firm Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP to help bolster its corporate, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets services and expand its services in the Windy City.

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An Early Look at CEO Pay Trends From Proxy Season 2024

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Joyce Chen and Courtney Yu, Equilar, Inc., on Thursday, April 18, 2024 Editor's Note: Joyce Chen is Associate Editor and Courtney Yu is Director of Research at Equilar, Inc. This post was prepared for the Forum by Ms. Chen and Mr. Yu. The 2024 proxy season is in full swing, as public companies are in the process of submitting their proxy statements (DEF14A) to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ahead of annual shareholder meetings.

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TPRM 101: What is Vendor Monitoring for Financial Institutions?

N Contracts

Vendors make promises. They say they’ll comply with applicable laws and regulations and that their security controls are impenetrable. They swear they’ll never violate the terms of their contract. But is that really what’s going to happen?

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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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Driving long-term business transformation

Mckinsey and Company

What it takes to get transformation right, setting a company up to operate better today and handle disruption and change tomorrow with energized, creative employees.

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Comment on Leaving the Appraisal Profession by Flash

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Commercial Appraiser. Most Commercial Appraisers I know hardly ever use government approved appraisal forms. Their reports are Narrative Reports created and written reports. So where are the technological advancement and invocation in Commercial Appraisal work other than a digital measuring device verses a measuring tape that I still use today to meet ANSI Standards?

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Proxy Preview 2024

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Matt DiGuiseppe, Maria Castañón Moats, and Paul DeNicola, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, on Sunday, April 14, 2024 Editor's Note: Matt DiGuiseppe is Managing Director, Maria Castañón Moats is Leader, and Paul DeNicola is Principal at the Governance Insights Center, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. This post is based on their PwC memorandum. As we gear up for the 2024 proxy season, it’s important to temper our expectations for any major surprises.

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Florida Tex-Mex Chain Tijuana Flats' New Owner Files Ch. 11

Law 360 M&A

Fast-casual Tex-Mex dining chain Tijuana Flats said Friday it has changed ownership and filed for Chapter 11 protection in a Florida bankruptcy court with more than $10 million in debt.

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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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The battery cell component opportunity in Europe and North America

Mckinsey and Company

Momentum for the battery cell component market is building rapidly in Europe and North America. To capitalize on this opportunity, suppliers will need to tackle several challenges head-on.

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Comment on Leaving the Appraisal Profession by Commercial Appraiser

Appraisers Blog

While I respect your perspective, it’s disheartening to see the challenges faced by seasoned appraisers. The evolution of the industry does present hurdles, but it also offers opportunities for adaptation and growth. Embracing technological advancements and continuous learning might help in navigating these changes. Remember, every profession evolves; it’s about finding a balance between tradition and innovation.

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The Shortseller Enrichment Commission?: Whistleblowers, Activist Short Sellers, and the New Privatization of Public Enforcement

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Alexander I. Platt (University of Kansas School of Law), on Monday, April 15, 2024 Editor's Note: Alexander I. Platt is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law. This post is based on his recent paper , forthcoming in the Washington Law Review. Two developments have transformed the detection of corporate fraud since the global financial crisis: the SEC whistleblower bounty program (WBP) and the rise of activist short sellers.

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New report shows opportunities and risks for tax professionals with GenAI

ThomsonReuters

The emergence of g enerative artificial intelligence ( GenAI ) has sparked both excitement and apprehension in the tax industry, with professionals divided on its potential impact. Jump to: Perceptions of GenAI How are tax professionals using GenAI ? T raining and policies The future of work New Report: 2024 Generative AI in Professional Services Explore all the latest comprehensive insights into how GenAI is shaping professional services.

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Six ways CFOs find the time to unlock their full potential

Mckinsey and Company

It’s hard to create outsize value when you have to manage the finance function’s daily and often urgent demands. But some CFOs rise to the challenge.

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Manatt Adds NY Bankruptcy, Financial Regulatory Partners

Law 360 M&A

Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP announced that it hired a pair of experienced New York-based attorneys who focus their practices on regulatory matters as partners in its bankruptcy and financial regulatory practices.

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What Do Shareholders Propose?

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Ali Saribas and Carmen Ng, SquareWell Partners, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 Editor's Note: Ali Saribas is a Partner, and Carmen Ng is a Director at SquareWell Partners. This post is based on their SquareWell memorandum. i. Introduction SquareWell published the inaugural edition of “ What do Shareholders Propose “, a comprehensive review of all shareholder proposals related to environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) topics in Europe and the United States for 2022 and 20

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Broadcom Succumbs to EU Antitrust Investigation Over VMware Licensing, Prompting Swift Pricing Strategy Revision

Benzinga

Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ: AVGO ) is under scrutiny by EU antitrust regulators following complaints regarding changes to VMware's licensing conditions , the recently acquired cloud computing firm. EU businesses and a trade group have voiced their concerns, prompting the European Commission to request information from Broadcom for investigation. Allegations include sudden policy changes resulting in significant price hikes, re-bundling of licenses, restrictions on license reselling, and refusal t

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Nature-positive investments: Good for the planet and long-term value

Mckinsey and Company

The demand for nature and biodiversity investments is growing—Saker Nusseibeh talks about how to meet clients where they are and encourage them to move forward with a long-term view.

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Whitewater Kayaking Makes Me A Better Lawyer

Law 360 M&A

Whether it's seeing clients and their issues from a new perspective, or staying nimble in a moment of intense challenge, the lessons learned from whitewater kayaking transcend the rapids of a river and prepare attorneys for the courtroom and beyond, says Matthew Kent at Alston & Bird.

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Dissecting the Long-Term Performance of the Chinese Stock Market

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Jun Qian (Fudan University), on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 Editor's Note: Jun Qian (QJ) is Professor of Finance and Executive Dean at the Fanhai International School of Finance (FISF), Fudan University. This post is based on a forthcoming article in the Journal of Finance by Franklin Allen , Professor Qian, Chenyu Shan , and Julie Lei Zhu. The Chinese stock market started in 1990 with the establishment of two domestic stock exchanges (the “A share” market): the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SS

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Comment on AI to Counter Flawed Appraiser Bias Narrative by Vince Slupski

Appraisers Blog

The scandal isn’t that a few appraisers might be racially biased. The scandal is that appraisal is so squeezy that two appraisers can produce value opinions that differ by hundreds of thousands of dollars! 30+ years ago, the AIREA and SREA merged; FIRREA was passed; the structure of appraisal licensing and regulation by the states was implemented, all overseen by the Appraisal Foundation.

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Increasing your return on talent: The moves and metrics that matter

Mckinsey and Company

Five actions can transform an organization’s talent system, establishing a culture of performance while boosting employee experience.

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House Panel Takes Aim At Change Healthcare, FTC Over Hack

Law 360 M&A

A House subcommittee exploring ways to boost cybersecurity in the healthcare industry on Wednesday blasted Change Healthcare for failing to take appropriate steps to block a damaging cyberattack that echoed another recent strike on critical infrastructure and the Federal Trade Commission for not stopping the provider from controlling such a large market share.

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Ancillary Cannabis Co.'s Stock Surges On News Of Merger With California Provider Of CEA Products And Solution

Benzinga

Nature’s Miracle Holding Inc. (NASDAQ: NMHI ) has entered into a term sheet to acquire 100% of all the outstanding shares of Agrify Corporation (NASDAQ: AGFY ). What Happened The California-based agriculture tech company that provides equipment and services to the industry said on Wednesday that it would issue shares of its common stock to acquire Agrify.

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Comment on Fannie Mae to Maryland: DROP DEAD by Dave

Appraisers Blog

I recommend that my colleagues read “Dark Towers” by David Enrich very much substantiating similar historic and current behavior of the “twins” I would proffer that we currently are at an inflection point where high risk atypical properties are being loaded into the residential portfolios. Appraisers need only look at the last 10 appraisal requests and compare complexity to appraisal fee offered.

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Author Talks: Cass Sunstein on the perils of habituation

Mckinsey and Company

When we become too comfortable in our jobs and relationships, we can miss huge opportunities to grow and change. Harvard University professor Cass Sunstein explores this dynamic—and suggests ways to keep the sparkle in our lives.

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Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

Law 360 M&A

Last week, Delaware justices mulled whether one Chancery Court vice chancellor properly voided four company bylaws — just as another vice chancellor voided one more. Fights among Truth Social investors continued, and shareholders launched new cases involving Macy's, United Airlines, and Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC and Stone Point Capital LLC.

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4 Ways Divorce Attorneys Can Spot Sudden Income Deficit Syndrome

Gross Mendelsohn

For a couple going through a divorce, there are many things to plan for. If there are children involved, custody issues can become extremely contentious. Spouses have been known to use their children as bargaining chips to try to “win” during the divorce. But what if one of the “children” in the marriage is a business? What happens when that business is used to try to “win”?

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Comment on Fannie Mae to Maryland: DROP DEAD by Baggins

Appraisers Blog

Great comments. Another great article. Don’t worry the taxpayer is backing everything. Insiders will find their way out ahead of the crowds after primary goals are achieved. Things are moving along nicely, just as planned. [link] The plunge protection teams current status; tap dancing on a bubble, whiskey and cigar in hand. Those whom rushed in with wild eyed ideas of saving the world and restructuring society, those whom believed that entrusting the same government and corporations whom f

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