Use StrengthsFinder to Create High Performance Teams in Portfolio Companies and Increase ROI


By: Beth Hesse

Many recent business-related studies have revealed the largest problem for managers is dealing with employee engagement and motivation. Indeed, according to a 2013 study, Gallup Research indicates that only 13% of employees globally are engaged at work. Even more troubling, the study demonstrated that more than double this number are so disengaged, they are actually motivated to spread negativity to colleagues. Moreover, according to a 2014 Deloitte study involving 2,500 organizations in 90 countries, 79% of managers ...

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Managing Environmental Compliance and Liabilities in the Food & Beverage Industry


By: Mike Arozarena

Deal activity for the food and beverage industry has been high is continuing to build. Indeed, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s (GMA) Retail & Consumer Insights 2016 Financial Benchmarking and Industry Trends Report, there were over 300 announced US deals (greater than $50 million in total transaction value) in the food, beverage, and alcohol sector over the past five years alone, totaling approximately $295 billion. PwC and the GMA predict deal volume ...

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Pollution Legal Liability Insurance: Another Tool for Addressing Environmental Risks in Mergers and Acquisitions


By: Bruce Martin

In transactions where significant environmental issues are a concern, it is important for dealmakers to understand how best to control associated risks. While common mechanisms for doing so may include purchase price reductions, escrow accounts and indemnification agreements, these tools sometimes fail to provide the comprehensive protection that may be necessary. Another mechanism used to control environmental risks associated with a transaction is the use of Pollution Legal Liability (PLL) insurance.  PLL policies protect policyholders against ...

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The Internet of Things in M&A: What You Need to Know about the fastest growing sector of the Internet from an Environmental Perspective


By: Kate Gibson

The “Internet of Things” (IoT): If you haven’t heard of it, you are in good company, but a bad position. IoT is everywhere and getting into everything, but according to Forbes, 87% of people haven’t even heard of the Internet of Things “IoT.”

IoT is still only a quiet buzz in the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) world, even though the projections for its growth are in the billions in the next 4 years.  According to ...

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