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Diageo buys Don Papa rum brand for initial €260mn

Financial Times M&A

Distiller to potentially pay additional €178mn subject to performance

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Susan DuRoss to lead the IVSC Standards Review Board

IVSC

IVSC is pleased to announce that Susan DuRoss has been appointed the new Chair of the Standards Review Board (“SRB”). Susan will take up the role in March 2023 and takes over from Mark Zyla who has led the board since 2017.

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Climate Risk Factors Soar at Largest Public Companies

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Dean Kingsley, Matt Solomon, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Kristen Jaconi (USC Marshall), on Thursday, January 19, 2023 Editor's Note: Dean Kingsley is a Principal and Matt Solomon is a Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP.

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Top 3 Benefits of Selling a Business in 2023

Viking Mergers

Each new year brings the opportunity to assess goals and, for some, to reprioritize dreams that have been on the backburner. For many hardworking business owners, those goals and dreams involve selling a business.

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Rethinking Growth: The Fight to Become and Stay Profitable

Speaker: Aleksey Krylov, CFA - Chief Financial Officer at CytoImmune Therapeutics

Join Aleksey Krylov, corporate finance expert and CFO at CytoImmune Therapeutics, for an insightful overview of working capital management and managing profitability.

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And the BVR Survey Says, Part 2

BVR

Check out the attendee survey results from the BVR webinar: 2023 Overview of the Marijuana Industry: The Coming Wave of Consolidation and Beyond. Opportunities Abound! industry analysis

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Chesapeake Energy offloads Texas oil acreage in pivot to natural gas

Financial Times M&A

US shale pioneer will sell assets acquired in 2018 to Wildfire Energy for $1.4bn

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Advisor Feature: David Bogart in Richmond, VA 

Viking Mergers

David Bogart spearheads Viking’s efforts in the Virginia market and brings with him over thirty-five years of entrepreneurial and business development expertise in a wide range of industries.

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Tax Director Authors Article for CityBusiness

LaPorte

Jennifer Bordes, Tax Director at LaPorte, recently authored an article on estate planning for New Orleans CityBusiness. Jennifer is the leader of LaPorte’s Estate Planning… The post Tax Director Authors Article for CityBusiness first appeared on LaPorte. Estate Planning Newsworthy Tax Service

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From Don Papa to Casamigos: founders toast payday from spirits start-up boom

Financial Times M&A

New brands have been snapped up by multinationals but the market is increasingly crowded

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PwC’s Global Investor Survey 2022

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by James Chalmers, Nadja Picard, and Hilary Eastman, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 Editor's Note: James Chalmers is Global Assurance Leader, Nadja Picard is Global Reporting Leader, and Hilary Eastman is Head of Global Investor at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

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Is Finance a Good Career Path? The 2023 Update

Brian DeChesare

If you want to stimulate the urge to poke out your eyes and jump into a pool of lava, try searching for “Is Finance a Good Career Path?” or asking ChatGPT about it. Most articles present generic details everyone already knows, such as “finance jobs pay higher salaries, on average.”.

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All This Will Do is CREATE BIAS!

Appraisers Blog

All this will do is CREATE BIAS… How does one stay unbiased if they repeatedly get sued or raked over the coals every time they do an honest, true appraisal that does not meet the expectation of untrained members of the general public… Does bias exist? Of course. Does it exist in appraising?

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Musk vs Arnault: the tale of two tycoons

Financial Times M&A

The takeovers of Tiffany and Twitter reveal vast differences between the businessmen

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Compensation Season 2023

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Adam J. Shapiro, Michael J. Schobel, and Erica E. Bonnett, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, on Friday, January 20, 2023 Editor's Note: Adam J. Shapiro , Michael J. Schobel , and Erica E. Bonnett are Partners at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. This post is based on their Wachtell memorandum.

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What is generative AI?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) describes algorithms (such as ChatGPT) that can be used to create new content, including audio, code, images, text, simulations, and videos. Recent new breakthroughs in the field have the potential to drastically change the way we approach content creation.

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How Top CEOs are Preparing for 2023 and Beyond: What You Need to Know

Rhythm Systems Growth

Strategies for Growth

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Top global companies write down billions as deals make way for gloom

Financial Times M&A

Business leaders prepare to meet in Davos as a third of the world economy is forecast to be in recession this year

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SEC Finalizes 10b5-1 Trading Plan Rule

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Michael S. Kesner, Pay Governance LLC, on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 Editor's Note: Mike S. Kesner is a Partner at Pay Governance LLC. This post is based on his Pay Governance memorandum.

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New year, new tech, no problem

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

McKinsey analyzed 14 new trends in its latest report on the most significant emerging technologies. Here are three for leaders to focus on right now. Digital Insights Digital strategy and organization Artificial Intelligence

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Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Premier Middle Market Strategy Execution & Revenue Growth Conference

Rhythm Systems Growth

5 Benefits of Attending a Strategy Execution Conference. Rhythm Systems is getting ready to host its 2023 annual breakthrough execution conference on April 26-27, 2023, in Charlotte, NC.

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Colombia’s $20bn takeover battle turns ugly after year-long fight

Financial Times M&A

Allegations of media favouritism and poor governance fly as stakes rise for billionaire Jaime Gilinski

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The Angel’s in the Details: The Importance of Well-Drafted Board Minutes

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Sonia K. Nijjar, Jenness E. Parker, Lauren N. Rosenello, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, on Sunday, January 15, 2023 Editor's Note: Sonia K. Nijjar and Jenness E. Parker are Partners, and Lauren N. Rosenello is an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. This post is based on their Skadden memorandum. Takeaways.

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What is resilience?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Resilience is the ability to not only recover quickly from a crisis but to bounce back better—and even thrive. McKinsey Explainers Operational risk management

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Wife’s Tribute to Bill King

Appraisers Blog

Folks, I was in a USPAP class last Friday, during the day I was sent the tribute message below from another appraiser who knew Bill King very well, and who has been in touch with Bill’s wife. I’ve been looking for the obit.

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A Texas-Sized Fraud: Bookkeeper Embezzles $29M from Texas Family

Gross Mendelsohn

Barbara Chalmers, 74, pleaded guilty in December 2022 to an embezzlement scheme of at least $29 million over the past decade. Chalmers was the bookkeeper for a charitable foundation and multiple companies run by the family of Jim Collins, a prominent Dallas businessman and former congressman.

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SEC Continues Enforcement Scrutiny of ESG Claims by Investment Advisers

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Mary Beth Houlihan, Diane Blizzard, and Scott A. Moehrke, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 Editor's Note: Mary Beth Houlihan, Diane Blizzard , and Scott A. Moehrke are Partners at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. This post is based on a Kirkland & Ellis memorandum by Ms. Houlihan, Ms. Blizzard, Mr. Moehrke, Norm Champ , Dan Kahl , and Alexandara Farmer.

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One billion days lost: How COVID-19 is hurting the US workforce

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

COVID-19 may no longer be a pandemic, but the disease likely reduced the availability of the US workforce by as much as 2.6 percent in 2022—a burden on productivity that could last for years. Insights on Healthcare Systems & Services Health care services Public health Talent

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Shiba Inu Edges Out Litecoin As 13th Biggest Crypto With 19% Surge

Benzinga

Shiba Inu (CRYPTO: SHIB ) surpassed Litecoin (CRYPTO: LTC ) to become the thirteenth largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization early on Wednesday. What Happened: At the time of writing, SHIB’s market cap stood at $6.9 billion, while Litecoin’s market cap was at $6.3 billion.

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5 Benefits of Outsourcing Your Accounting Needs

Machen McChesney

CPA firms do more than audits and tax returns. They can also help you with everyday accounting-related tasks, such as bookkeeping, budgeting, payroll, and sales tax filings. Should your organization outsource its accounting needs?

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Trends in Forum Selection Provisions, Merger Objection Class Actions and SPACs Continue To Shape Securities Litigation

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Virginia Milstead, William J. O'Brien III, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, on Thursday, January 19, 2023 Editor's Note: Virginia Milstead is a Partner, and William J. O’Brien III is Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. This post is based on their Skadden memorandum. Key Points State courts are enforcing federal forum provisions for cases under the Securities Act, encouraging companies to amend their charters or bylaws to add these clauses.

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Closing the digital divide in Black America

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Five steps could help to bring broadband and digital equity to every Black household in the United States—urban and rural—while bolstering efforts to create a more inclusive economy. Public & Social Sector Insights Social Sector Broadband communication United States

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Mind the Gap, Goldman

Financial Times M&A

Plus, DD pokes holes in Disney’s case for buying 20th Century Fox and Wall Street financiers go shopping in France

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A Pressing Topic for the Corporate Social Voice

Reynolds Holding

The frightening deficiencies in U.S. public health preparedness are an appropriate, and pressing, topic to be addressed by the recently dormant corporate social voice.

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Weekly Roundup: January 14-19, 2023

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, on Friday, January 20, 2023 Editor's Note: This roundup contains a collection of the posts published on the Forum during the week of January 14-19, 2023 Federal Reserve Proposes Climate Risk Guidance for Large Financial Institutions Posted by Nicola Higgs, Betty M. Huber, and Arthur S.

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2023, a testing year: Will the macro-scenario range widen or narrow?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Will the world move to solve its structural problems and make superior short-term choices? Yes or no: that’s the first question on the test. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Strategy Corporate Finance Risk Management

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HUD ROV Process to Address ‘Appraisal Bias’

Appraisers Blog

At a recent event at the Brookings Institute, HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced that HUD is creating a ROV process for people seeking FHA financing to request a review of their appraisal if they believe the results may have been skewed by racial bias.