M&A Science
M&A Science
16 Nov 2020
82. Building a Partnership Between the Investment Sponsor and Operating Sponsor
41 mins

In this episode of M&A Science, Kison interviews Sean Alford, SVP, Corporate Development at J2 Global, about how to build a partnership between the investment sponsor and the operating sponsor. You will learn:

- The evolution of the relationship between the investment sponsor and the operating sponsor

- The steps of building a corporate development program

- How to avoid leaking value in M&A

The Bid
The Bid
Healthcare in the age of the coronavirus
The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the healthcare sector, accelerating trends like digital health, at-home care and new methods of vaccine development. How have the virus and the upcoming U.S. election changed the way we think about investing in healthcare? On this episode of The Bid, we answer this question with three healthcare experts: Erin Xie, Lead Portfolio Manager for Health Sciences within Active Equities; Sarah Thomas, Research Analyst for European Equities; and Andrew Farris of BlackRock’s Private Equity Partners group. This material is for informational purposes and is prepared by BlackRock, is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy. The opinions expressed are as of date of publication and are subject to change. 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28 mins
PwC's accounting podcast
PwC's accounting podcast
What’s next in tech for finance? Investing in the cloud
Technology continues to reshape our world and has been accelerated by the pandemic. As you rethink processes for the new environment, you may be asking how technology can help improve efficiency and effectiveness. This podcast is the next episode in the second season of our What’s next? podcast series for CFOs, controllers — anyone in finance. This season we’re focusing on what’s next in tech for the finance professional — discussing the benefits of technology through the lens of the finance function. In this episode, host Heather Horn sits down with Paul Gaynor, leader of PwC’s Technology Consulting and Alliances businesses, and Scott Behrens, a PwC partner and information technology leader, to better understand the ways cloud-based business solutions are modernizing the workday.  Topics include: * *1:00 - How businesses are using cloud technology. *Whether it’s better analytics and the presentation of data, or having the ability to quickly develop new applications, we begin with an overview of how the cloud is transforming the way businesses run. * *4:25 - Solving today’s problems. *Every functional area within the business can leverage cloud capabilities to drive transformation and growth. We discuss how cloud technologies have evolved from being just a cost-saving play.        * *11:49 - Adopting a new way of working. *As businesses move into the cloud, it’s important to manage this new investment. We discuss the  behaviors and procedures organizations should have in place.    * *28:55 - The future of cloud technology.* Cloud technology has given organizations the opportunity to rethink how to run their business—and that’s exciting. We close with a look at how the cloud will drive new products, business models, and a digitally-enabled workforce. Paul Gaynor is the Global Technology and Alliance Consulting Leader with responsibility for setting PwC’s network Technology and Alliance Consulting vision and strategy. Previously, Paul led the US Technology Sector and Management Consulting capabilities for Technology, Information Communication and Entertainment, and Consumer, Industrial Products sectors. In addition, Paul served as the Global Relationship Partner for several Technology clients, and was team member in building PwC’s working capital and revenue assurance businesses. Scott Behrens is a PwC partner with Strategy& and its Information Technology leader. With proven credentials in technology strategy and the alignment of IT strategies with associated business goals, Scott has extensive experience improving business performance through the design of new strategies and the creation of new capabilities and assets that support sustained value. Scott has significant experience in the analysis of process and technology architectures and in the quantification and direct capture of business benefits for the continued success of an organization. Heather Horn is PwC’s National office thought leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With over 25 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.
32 mins
The Digital Supply Chain podcast
The Digital Supply Chain podcast
Tom Raftery
The impact of Covid on logistics - a chat with A. Duie Pyle's John Tillison
One aspect of the supply chain I haven't talked about for a while is logistics, so I invited John Tillison onto the podcast. John is Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for A. Duie Pyle, a US based logistics company. We talked about the impact of the pandemic on the logistics industry. Also, because A. Duie Pyle has been recently recognised by Heavy Duty Trucking for having one of the Top Green Fleets, for the 5th year in a row, we talked about some of their hybrid, and electric trucks. This was a really interesting episode of the podcast. I thoroughly enjoyed it, I learned loads, and I hope you do too. If you have any comments/suggestions or questions for the podcast - feel free to leave me a voice message over on my SpeakPipe page or just send it to me as a direct message on Twitter/LinkedIn. Audio messages will get played (unless you specifically ask me not to). To learn more about how Industry 4.0 technologies can help your organisation read the 2020 global research study 'The Power of change from Industry 4.0 in manufacturing' (https://www.sap.com/cmp/dg/industry4-manufacturing/index.html) And if you want to know more about any of SAP's Digital Supply Chain solutions, head on over to www.sap.com/digitalsupplychain and if you liked this show, please don't forget to rate and/or review it. It makes a big difference to help new people discover it. Thanks. And remember, stay healthy, stay safe, stay sane!
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