Due Diligence Strategies in M&A Web Conference

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

In a free Xtalks webinar on May 9, 2006, Mark Wolfram, General Manager, Venture Integration, Microsoft Corporation and Paul F. Hartzell, Senior Vice President, DataSite, will provide an overview of due diligence strategies in mergers and acquisitions.

Xtalks is pleased to present the Due Diligence Strategies in Mergers and Acquisitions Web Conference.

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.

Our speakers will provide insight on:

  • 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 web conference is intended for CEOs, CFOs, VPs and Directors of Finance, General Councils and other executives involved with mergers and acquisitions.

The web conference is sponsored by Merrill Corporation, who will host a workshop following the keynote presentation and before the Q&A session.

Registration for the event is currently open and free at: http://www.xtalks.com/duedilligence.ashx

About the Keynote Speakers

Mark Wolfram, General Manager, Venture Integration, Microsoft Corporation

Mark Wolfram has been the General Manager of Venture Integration at Microsoft since September 2003. In this role, he is responsible for over 30 acquisitions by Microsoft. Prior to this, Mark served as General Manager of MSFT Transformation and established the Rhythm of the Business (responsible for Field-BG interactions), while reporting to the CFO and SVP of Sales and Marketing.

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.

About Merrill 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.”

About Xtalks

Xtalks (recently featured in the London Times article Conference call that spans the globe) brings industry experts to executives’ desktops around the world in a web-based information network that provides insight into breaking business issues through interactive digital web conferences. By leveraging the best of hi-speed Internet and telecom technology, Xtalks provides a fantastic forum for highly interactive communication. Xtalks web conferences allow anyone with interest in a particular topic to participate in a web meeting by synchronizing their desktop computer and phone alongside industry experts. Xtalks is part of The Honeycomb Worldwide Group of Companies (http://www.honeycombworldwide.com), including Honeycomb Connect, a leader in executive networking, event management, web conferencing, publishing, and digital media with offices in North America and Europe.

“Xtalks' webinar brought together the top end users, technology vendors, and thinkers in the space,” says Ed Hess, Editor of Integrated Solutions Magazine, referring to a previous Xtalks’ event. “As a media sponsor of the event, we were ecstatic to see the level of commitment and execution that Xtalks showed in making the event a huge success. It was informative and filled with new and fresh insights. The Q&A session was highly interactive and addressed a range of issues. In terms of online events, it set a standard that others will have trouble matching."

For more information on this conference or Xtalks in general, or to enquire about speaking opportunities or sponsoring future events, visit http://www.xtalks.com or contact Karen Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer, at phone: 312-977-1166 x209.

Register for free at http://www.xtalks.com/duedilligence.ashx

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