Discover the secrets to successful Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) with Hal Kempfer and the late Mark Mansfield in Mark's final episode of the STRAT podcast. Despite his untimely passing on Christmas morning, Mark's legacy lives on through his numerous insightful discussions, leaving us with cherished memories of his zest for life, intellectual prowess, and quick wit.
Diving into the world of M&A, the STRAT Approach unfolds, revealing the three essential components for triumph: Scenario Development/Testing (War Gaming), Transaction Execution (Investment Banking), and Post Merger Integration (PMI). Billions are spent annually on M&A, yet a staggering 70% of these ventures meet their demise. This alarming statistic begs analysis, as predictable success can be achieved with the right strategy. Without a clear connection between M&A and corporate strategies, disaster is often imminent. Thus, the Three C's of Successful M&A arise: Competitive advantage, Capacity (both financial and organizational), and Conviction (backing from top-level executives and board members). In this poignant episode, Mark and Hal delve into the intricate details of avoiding M&A failure. They tackle topics such as divesture considerations and the impact of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), revealing how this dimension can either propel or slow down the process. With $2 trillion in capital ready to be deployed, M&A must be approached holistically, carefully aligned within the context of a company's strategy and potential scenarios. Embark on this enlightening STRAT journey and discover the keys to unlocking M&A success.

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Welcome to STRATStrategic Risk Assessment Talk , the podcast that empowers leaders with a preparedness mindset. Join us as we delve into the world of mitigating risks, developing preventive systems, and crafting Business Continuity Plans to tackle potential threats head-on.   Hosted by Hal Kempfer, a retired Marine Corps intelligence officer and strategic risk assessment professional, along with investment banker Mark Mansfield, this podcast is the go-to resource for leaders who are committed to being prepared. Gain invaluable insights from experts who understand the importance of proactive risk management and discover actionable strategies to safeguard your organization's future. 

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In Memoriam


It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sudden passing of Mark Mansfield, the highly respected co-host of the weekly STRAT (Strategic Risk Assessment Talk) podcast produced and distributed by Mutual Broadcasting System. Mark's untimely passing occurred over the Christmas holiday weekend.   Mark was not only a successful member of the investment banking industry but also proudly served in the Canadian Navy. His vast experience and expertise brought invaluable insights to the STRAT podcast, which garnered a dedicated and growing audience.   Although deeply saddened by his loss, we are committed to continuing Mark's legacy on the STRAT podcast. Three more unreleased episodes featuring Mark as the co-host are being distributed through the week of January 15, 2024. We believe this is a fitting tribute to his remarkable contributions. Our entire team at Mutual Broadcasting System extends our heartfelt condolences to Mark Mansfield's family, friends, colleagues, and his STRAT co-host, Hal Zempfer. We stand with you during this difficult time and offer our support to all those affected.   Please note that all 23 episodes of the STRAT podcast will continue to be available on our website, as well as through various podcast portals including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn,, Stitcher, and Amazon Music. We hope that these episodes will serve as a lasting testament to Mark's knowledge and dedication.