Winning in the Swing States – Commercial Due Diligence Lessons from Political Strategy
This Thursday, 650 constituencies will go to the polls for the UK elections. But in all likelihood, the election will be won and lost in just 100 or so key marginal seats (or “swing states,” for US readers) - constituencies where the winning margin at the last election was less than 5% of the vote.
Maximising the Effectiveness of Early-Stage Commercial Diligence
We’re seeing a pronounced shift - from clients across the Private Equity landscape – towards conducting more, and earlier, “pre-deal” commercial work.
Don’t Wait for the Findings, Align on the Yardstick…Upfront
It’s always a bit too much of a race – to pull together the issues, align on what matters most, and then deploy the activities to nail an effective electronic survey to supplement the interviews to measure the commercial diligence matters.
The Battlefront for the Keystone Position in an Ecosystem
Direct competition between ecosystems – iOS vs. Android; Google+ (soon to be defunct) vs. Facebook – is often studied and constantly the subject of various tech press and opinion pieces. There are many good reasons for this that all analogize to competitive tournaments:
CDD Plan of Attack: Risk of Overstatement of Digital Disruption Signals (and Opportunity)
The risk of ‘digital disruption’ is pertinent to almost every industry today. Naturally, acquirers look for signals that a target company will be able to brace the oncoming winds of change and enhance its products and services to meet the demands of an increasingly connected and digital world.
Value Gen Stimulant in Commercial Diligence Processes
Today’s GRAPH Paper™ is short and simple. A quick process, best-practice on the value gen. front of commercial diligence that could prove to be a useful commitment to make for your 2019 projects. Most diligence assignments start with discussion and some amount of the diligence agenda focused on testing the commercial value generation ideas that exist. And among investment teams, we know that…
Timing the Meeting (the Commercial Due Diligence Partner Meeting with Management)
It is well established practice to bring your commercial due diligence partner to the Management Meeting. It creates context and gives your diligence practitioner a first-hand view of what management represents to be most significant.
Competitor Forecasting in Commercial Due Diligence: How to Chase Down a Moving Target
In a typical commercial diligence process, a significant amount of work is conducted to understand how the end-market and channels will grow and develop - ‘market forecasting.’
Observations on How Financial (PE) and Strategic (Corp Dev) Investors Consider Segmentation Opportunities Differently from One Another
Serving a wide-range of clients, one pattern that I have noticed is the degree to which the strongest Corp Dev groups (the “Strategics”) consider customer segments as a means for asset value creation – and do so in ways that outrun what many Private Equity firms consider.
Building Habits to Reduce Due Diligence Mistakes
Private Equity investing has been described as a combination of art and science, calling on a wide range of disciplines to make good judgements. In that spirit, I wanted to share a few thoughts I use to test my own judgment. They all surround a central question: What am I missing?