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Due diligence among the first steps in mergers and acquisitions

The mergers and acquisitions process breaks down into four phases, generally speaking. In a situation where two Wisconsin companies are merging or one company is acquiring another, the parties involved can expect to go through due diligence first, followed by the agreement phase, the integration phase and the value attainment phase.

Retiring business owners can plan for the future

As Wisconsin entrepreneurs turn their minds to retirement and succession planning, there could be some important considerations to keep in mind. There are over 12 million businesses in the country owned by members of the baby boom generation, now approaching or over the standard retirement age. Transitioning away from business leadership can take a number of forms depending on the vision that an entrepreneur has for the future of the company.

Disney moves to acquire 21st Century Fox Entertainment Holdings

Disney recently announced that it is purchasing a large stake in 21st Century Fox. Through this expansive deal, Disney will acquire a whole host of media and entertainment properties, which include television and film studios and cable providers. Like many other mergers and acquisitions, Disney's Fox transaction will have to receive regulatory approval from the U.S government. Regulators are particularly keen to scrutinize business sales and purchases that leave industries dominated by handfuls of massive entities.

Balancing relations in light of bad PR

When a business is successful and has a positive reputation, business owners certainly deserve whatever acclaim that comes their way. And while a steady, strong image may not make for flashy headlines, it is something to be celebrated because the truth is that things can change in the blink of an eye.

3 challenges of moving from online to brick-and-mortar stores

Countless companies are born online and operate that way indefinitely. However, the business landscape is constantly changing. For instance, companies like Amazon and those mentioned in this Forbes article are taking their virtual services into the real world.

Company pays hefty price for denied merger

Few business transactions have more at stake than a merger or acquisition. In these situations, there are two companies with a lot to gain or lose, so it is crucial that these deals are considered carefully, negotiated thoughtfully and reported properly. Failure to do any of these things could jeopardize the deal.

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