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Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions
Legal May 9, 2006, 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Due Diligence Strategies in Mergers and Acquisitions

Sponsoring Partner
Merril Corporation

SPEAKERS FOR THIS EVENT INCLUDE:
 - Mark Wolfram, General Manager, Venture Integration, Microsoft Corporation Learn More
 - Paul F. Hartzell, Senior Vice President, DataSite Learn More

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Best Practices and Strategies to Ensure a Successful M&A

An item concerning smart due diligence will make up a paragraph in the checklist of every Mergers & Acquisitions master, since a process of due diligence is a key part of every successful capital investment. Proper investigation of the potential investment target’s background protects you from misunderstanding the asset price and the possibility of a deal break up.

Today, when corporations increase their M&A activity, on a national as well as global level, General Council’s and CFOs should pay close attention to financial, legal, real estate and HR asset appraisal.

This web-conference presents the opportunity to maximize the effectiveness of due diligence by tapping into the experience of Mark Wolfram, currently responsible for over 30 of Microsoft’s successful acquisitions.  Mr. Wolfram will share his experiences and ideas about organizing due diligence procedures and integration planning.

Take away points include:

  • How to manage due diligence processes in today’s environment? 
  • What is the role of due diligence in a successful integration? 
  •  What are the specific areas of due diligence that require particular focus?

 

THIS PROGRAM IS INTENDED FOR:

CEOs, CFOs, VPs and Directors of:

  • Finance,
  • General Counsels involved with M&A.

Sponsoring Partner:

Merril Corporation

Merrill Corporation, headquartered in St. Paul , Minnesota , is a leading provider of outsourcing solutions for various complex business communication and information management needs. Merrill Corporation's DataSite virtual deal room optimizes the due diligence process and replaces the paper deal room. DataSite™ VDR offers electronic document integration, audits and reporting, customer service 24/7/365 and rapid implementation within 72 hours.

To learn more, go to http://www.datasite.com/ and click on “About DataSite.”

Media Partners:

MergerMarket

mergermarket is an independent Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) intelligence service, with the largest network of dedicated M&A journalists on the ground in 43 locations across the Americas , Asia-Pacific and Europe .  This team focuses on gathering actionable proprietary intelligence, creating the only origination database of live targets and bidders.  mergermarket is also an unrivalled source of deal history.  Public and private deals across a range of sectors can be searched using an exhaustive database.

To learn more, go to http://www.mergermarket.com/


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ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS:

Mark Wolfram, General Manager, Venture Integration, Microsoft Corporation
General Manager of Venture Integration from September 2003 to current. In current role responsible for over 30 acquisitions by Microsoft General Manager of MSFT Transformation and established Rhythm of the Business (responsible for Field-BG interactions)-reporting to CFO and SVP of Sales and Marketing- February 2003- September  2003, General Manager, Pacwest District, Sales and Marketing Group- May 1998- February 2003, General Manager, Telesales (Call Center), - May 1996- May 1998, Other various MSFT Finance and Business Mgt roles- April 1992- May 1996,
Vice President and Regional Manager of Mellon Bank –Australia and New Zealand (Sydney, Australia)- 1989-1992
Various Mellon Bank roles in Melbourne, Australia and Pittsburgh, PA- 1982-1989

 


Paul F. Hartzell, Senior Vice President, DataSite
Paul started his career in the financial services industry in 1981 with Kidder Peabody & Co., Inc. While there, he developed the first online programs to allow the simultaneous purchase of convertible securities and options on multiple exchanges. From 1985-2001, Paul worked for Sorg Printing, RR Donnelley and Merrill Corporation. In 2001, he became VP of Sales for PostX Corporation and then returned to Merrill to lead the DataSite project. In 2004, Paul moved to London to lead Merrill’s European operation of DataSite™, Merrill Corporation's virtual deal room. He is a 1975 graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

 
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