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How to Squeeze New Earnings From Old Acquisitions

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A growing body of research has shown that 50% to 90% of acquisitions fail to pay off for acquirers. This means that traditional integration methods are not working. There are many reasons an acquisition might fail, but two recurring mistakes are the order and the depth at which the integration is tackled.

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Creating Smart Splits: 3 Tips for Managing Your Talent During a Divestiture

As CEOs reassess their portfolios due to heightened competition, divestitures are playing a more important role in corporate strategy. In particular, there was an exceptional increase in high-profile announcements in the U.S. technology sector in 2014. The total value of first-half 2014 transactions jumped 62% over the value of transactions in the first six months of 2013. Mega-deals accounted for more than 35% of total first-half 2014 deal value, including five deals worth more than $43 billion each—a level of activity not witnessed since before the financial crisis.

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Well-Connected Chiefs Are Weak M&A Dealmakers, Study Says

In a study that focused on how chief executives capitalize on their relationships, CEOs with the strongest personal networks initiated more mergers and acquisitions than their less connected peers, at the same time producing relatively fewer deals that benefited the companies and investors involved, according to a study by the University of Arkansas.

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Alibaba’s IPO Has Strong Implications for Tech CEOs

Alibaba and Founder Jack Ma have exploded onto the global technology and investment scene via a record IPO and a valuation of more than $200 billion. Now American high-tech CEOs believe another earth-shattering move by Alibaba is inevitable. Could the Chinese internet giant perhaps even bid to acquire one of the icons of the U.S. digital industry?

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CEOs, Should You Buy a Sports Team?

Over the past decade, owners who have sold teams saw their val- ues increase by between 7 and 11 percent annually, depending on the league, according to Scott Milleisen, head of JPMorgan Chase’s Private Bank Sports Finance Unit. Much of the growth resulted from richer media-rights agreements in recent years, he adds.

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