Merge Ahead: Mastering the Five Enduring Trends of Artful M&A

The latest in the “Future of Business” series examines the effect five long-term trends and the current downturn are having on M&A and suggests ways companies can improve their deal-making strategies, capabilities, and tactics.

Prior to the economic downturn of 2008–2009, the number of mergers and acquisitions reached an historic high. Whatever happens next, one thing is clear: mergers, acquisitions, and growth will be more important than ever. Those who prepare their organizations for a multifaceted strategy — integrating acquisitions, building alliances, and creating the capabilities necessary for competitive advantage — will be the ones most likely to survive the difficult years and seize the opportunities in tomorrow’s restructured industries.

Merge Ahead: Mastering the Five Enduring Trends of Artful M&A (McGraw Hill), a new book by Gerald Adolph, Senior Partner and head of Strategy&’s mergers and restructuring practice and Justin Pettit, defines M&A’s proper role in an integrated corporate growth strategy and provides key advice on managing the five major M&A trends that are shaping the corporate landscape:

  • Creating the relevant scale and coherence a company needs for profitable growth
  • Using deliberate speed to manage increasing velocity and stakeholder impatience
  • Coping with increased competition as the new blue chip companies from emerging markets pursue deals globally
  • Competing with a host of agile and deep-pocketed financial buyers, including private equity and sovereign wealth funds
  • Managing growing waves and bubbles of M&A activity that can drive valuations to unsustainable heights

Merge Ahead contains the most up-to-date information available on recent mergers and trends in the world of M&A. It provides busy executives a hands-on resource that won’t bog them down. All signs point to M&A as one of the most useful vehicles of growth now and in the future. Let Merge Ahead be your guide through the sometimes rocky but ultimately fruitful and exciting new landscape of mergers and acquisitions.