M&A in the Corporate and Business Development World
An M&A Science Podcast
Hosted by Kison Patel
"Pick a plan. Stick to it. If things start breaking, do your best to continue to take off the runway. As long as you haven't still burnt out your engines you can still pull off and you fix the problems as you go along."
On this episode
Business development consultant, Judah Karkowsky, shares his knowledge on cultural integration, preliminary due diligence surprises, international diligence, and data protection.
Previously, an investment banker at Credit Suisse, Karkowsky later moved into consulting in the education and technology industry. He currently leads strategic development for an educational publisher, including corporate development M&A and partnerships.
In this podcast, Karkowsky focuses on his recent work involving buy side deals, diligence integration, and success management.
00:40 Judah’s Background
02:25 Buy-Side Due Diligence Approach
04:35 How to Assess Culture Fit
09:20 Top Due Diligence Issues that Make You Question the Deal
11:10 Additional Surprises that Pop Up During Due Diligence
15:20 Parts of Due Diligence to Outsource
18:10 International Deal Hurdles
21:00 Approach to Integration and Strategies
26:00 How to Communicate with the Integrating Company
35:55 What can Go Wrong During Integration
38:55 Surprises During Integration
41:10 Integration Data Handling
46:10 Career Advice
48:45 Craziest Thing Judah’s Seen