Masterminding the Deal: Breakthroughs in M&A Strategy and Analysis

  • 6h 29m
  • Peter J. Clark, Roger W. Mills
  • Kogan Page
  • 2013

In Masterminding the Deal, Peter Clark and Roger Mills, both financial experts experienced in the M&A field, examine past mergers and analyze performance in two critical areas —the identification of critical characteristics and attributes separating more successful mergers from the rest, and the synergy benefits — expenses, revenues, tax — that ensure maximum rewards. From this analysis they draw some conclusions and go on to identify seven key principles for merger success.

“The main objective of this book is to clear away a vast amount of past deficient analysis and to retrieve and reorganize what is of value in evaluating merger success and failure, using tough-minded criteria implanted in current finance,” says Bill Weinstein in the foreword.

The authors offer an action plan for the boards and executives involved in acquisitions, covering the questions of central importance: which target types to pursue and which to avoid, when to act, how much to pay and, uniquely, how to determine whether the deal is successful. Their intention is to assist companies in the M&A process and to avoid merger underperformance.

About the Authors

Peter J Clark is a management consultant and company advisor with his own international firm. He is also Senior Teaching Fellow at University College London with the Department of Management Science and Innovation, where he teaches finance and M&A. Peter has more than 20 years' experience in M&A including target search, bid-sale advisory and merger divestiture strategy, involving more than $3bn in transactions. One of his previous books, Beyond the Deal, received mention as a book of the month by the Wall Street Journal.

Rogers W Mills is an advisor to companies, banks, investors and sovereign-focused organizations. He has significant expertise in financial strategy, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, IPOs and related areas of corporate value improvement. He is Emeritus Professor of Finance and Accounting at Henley Business School, University of Reading, and most recently was Professor of Fundamental Analysis and Business Valuation at the VU University in Amsterdam.

In this Book

  • The Next Merger Boom is Already Here
  • Debunking the Six Merger Fallacies that Destroy Value
  • Criteria: First, Get the Merger Valuation Methodology Right
  • Merger Segmentation Comes of Age
  • Mergers Still Fail, But Does it Matter?
  • The Merger Megaboom’s Signature IPO: Facebook
  • Towards Systematic Investigation and Implementation of Post-Merger Synergies
  • The Seven Keys to Merger Success