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Mergers and Acquisitions Viewpoints


QFINANCE viewpoints provide you with the distilled thoughts of finance leaders and experts, outlining their current thinking on the crucial issues and challenges facing finance managers, entrepreneurs and business executives. The contributions are drawn from an array of practitioners and thinkers from the world of finance and business.

  • Mergers Beyond the Numbers: How CFOs Can Shine
    by James E. Schrager
    Sometimes bad things happen to good people. The best finance executives don’t just count the numbers, court bankers, or dream up ideas to restructure the balance sheet. They backstop the CEO, and never in a more important area than strategy. Many observers think that’s the special purview of the CEO. But that’s just the point: it’s lonely at the top. Today, more than ever, the CEO needs someone to talk with who possesses powerful, detailed...
  • Target Practice—Acquisitions
    by Sir John Stuttard
    This article was first published in Quantum magazine.Acquisitions, we know from experience, take years to bed down. When the bombshell hits, they take up significant executive time as the managers of the acquirer determine new management structures and managerial positions, as well as combining business practices and systems.For the managers of the acquired, there is an inevitable feeling that one is no longer in control—and certainly no longer...
  • Ten Ways to Beat the Odds in M&A
    by James E. Schrager
    Most mergers fail.Yet you can increase the odds of success.Ten keys to better mergers.How eBay won one and lost one.How Newell Rubbermaid won many and lost one.Two tricks from a very successful serial acquirer.
  • The CFO and the Sustainable Corporation
    by Ravi Nedungadi
    Success means different things to different CFOs. This is because the solutions finance directors come up with are largely determined by the strategic goals of their organization, and the particular challenges of the sector and markets in which they operate.In our own case, managing rapid growth in India’s burgeoning economy over the past two decades has given our finance function some sharp lessons and made us acutely aware of the importance of...

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