April, 2024

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Women in the boardroom

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Kevin Tracey, Karen Edelman, and Karen Bowman, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 Editor's Note: Kevin Tracey is Leader of the Global Boardroom Program, Karen Edelman is Senior Editor, and Karen Bowman is US Automotive Leader, Global CXO Program Leader, and Member of the Board of Directors at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.

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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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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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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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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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Deal Talks Between Paramount and Skydance Heat Up

NYT M&A

David Ellison, the founder of the Skydance media company, met with Paramount’s board of directors late last month to discuss the deal.

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MariMed Is On A Roll: Partners With Two Iconic Music Venues In Boston, Acquires Another Illinois Cannabis Dispensary

Benzinga

Multi-state marijuana operator MariMed Inc. (CSE: MRMD ) (OTCQX: MRMD ) has closed the acquisition of Allgreens Dispensary, LLC on Tuesday, April 9, its fifth dispensary in Illinois. The Massachusetts-based company said the green light from the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation for the acquisition allows MariMed to fully consolidate the financial results of the company's Thrive-branded dispensary in Casey, Illinois.

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Why strategists should embrace imperfection

Mckinsey and Company

In a world of rapid change, looking for certainty can obscure opportunity. Taking smaller yet bold steps provides a more sure-footed path through uncertainty.

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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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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 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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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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The Ohtani scandal: A look into the IRS investigation

ThomsonReuters

Jump to: The allegations The IRS investigation Ohtani’s response Implications for Ohtani and the Dodgers Broader impact on professional sports Uncovering the truth The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) launched an investigation into the financial scandal involving Shohei Ohtani, the star player for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The probe centers around Ohtani’s former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, who has been accused of illegal sports gambling and significant financial theft.

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Another Cannabis Pioneer Expands In Germany Via Acquisition As Experts Say 'There's No Stepping Back' From Legalization Wave

Benzinga

Flora Growth Corp. (NASDAQ: FLGC ) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Germany-based TruHC Pharma GmbH. The company’s latest move to further cement its global footprint comes on the heels of a new German cannabis law that went into effect on April 1, which partially legalizes cannabis by allowing adults over 18 to possess up to 25 grams of dried cannabis and grow three marijuana plants at home.

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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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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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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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Comment on AI to Counter Flawed Appraiser Bias Narrative by David Ziccardi

Appraisers Blog

Is it just me or is the public and the appraisal community constantly conflating bias with discrimination? In my opinion, as long as USPAP requires appraisers to state that appraisal reports are performed without bias, the perception that we are a discriminating industry will not go away. I think that USPAP language needs to be modified so that appraisers have permission to state that appraisers are human, biased individuals and that our reports are performed with a certain amount of bias.

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Delaware Supreme Court Holds Entire Fairness Applicable to All Conflicted Controller Transactions

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Gregory V. Gooding, Maeve O'Connor, and William D. Regner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, on Monday, April 8, 2024 Editor's Note: Gregory V. Gooding , Maeve O’Connor , and William D. Regner are Partners at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. This post is based on a Debevoise memorandum by Mr. Gooding, Ms. O’Connor, Mr. Regner, Susan Reagan Gittes , and Jeffrey J.

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Oil & Gas Roadblocks: Prices, Production, And People Holding Sway

Auto Dealer Valuation Insights

There are always going to be barriers to success in an industry. Barriers to entry, barriers to growth, barriers to profitability, and barriers to progress can lurk to name a few. The upstream industry has its share. For gas, its own oversupply and low prices are an issue. For oil, capital constraints are reining in investment.

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Paramount, Skydance Deal Could Be 'Home Run' For Shari Redstone, Loss For Shareholders, Investor Warns

Benzinga

A potential merger between media companies Skydance and Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA )(NASDAQ: PARAA ) has dominated headlines and could see further consolidation in the media sector. One shareholder of Paramount Global is calling out the merger efforts, which could provide cash to Shari Redstone and leave Paramount shareholders with a diluted value.

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Members only: Delivering greater value through loyalty and pricing

Mckinsey and Company

Consumer-facing businesses have an opportunity to unlock holistic value. By better integrating their loyalty programs with pricing strategies, they can drive growth in a muddled economic landscape.

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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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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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The Neoclassical View of Corporate Fiduciary Duty Law

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Zachary J. Gubler (Arizona State University), on Monday, April 8, 2024 Editor's Note: Zachary J. Gubler is Marie Selig Professor of Law at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. This post is based on his article forthcoming in the University of Chicago Law Review. There’s an old and venerable way of talking about corporate fiduciary duties that maintains that they are owed to the corporate entity itself.

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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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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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The critical role of commodity trading in times of uncertainty

Mckinsey and Company

As increased commodity trading value pools attract new competition, successful players will differentiate by managing illiquid risks and embracing data-driven trading models.

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EU Approves Biotech Co. Illumina's Plan To Divest Grail

Law 360 M&A

European Union antitrust authorities on Friday approved Illumina's plan to sell off Grail, the latest development in a saga that saw the biotech company reverse course and agree to offload the cancer-screening company after authorities claimed the reacquisition was completed "unlawfully.

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Comment on AI to Counter Flawed Appraiser Bias Narrative by PD

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Vince Slupski. Missing from this equation is the banking industry and unscrupulous mortgage industry participants who put pressure on appraisers. If anyone thinks this isn’t going on anymore is living in a perfect world and the world is far from perfect. A vast majority of appraisers are honest, hardworking individuals. Focusing on the few outliers discredits the industry as a whole.

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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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A Looming Question for Paramount’s Board: How to Navigate Shari Redstone

NYT M&A

The board of directors has to walk a fine line, looking out for investors without running afoul of Ms. Redstone, the company’s most influential shareholder.

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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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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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FTC 'Hopeful' Merger Judges Can See Past Market Definition

Law 360 M&A

The Federal Trade Commission's top antitrust enforcer emphasized Thursday that the FTC and Justice Department's new merger guidelines could facilitate transaction challenges based solely on "direct" competitive effects, regardless of what market definition numbers indicate.