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Monday, 30 September 2013 09:26

Profiles and features on this year's M&A Deals & Deal Makers Awards winners

Written by  MiBiz Staff
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As you flip through the pages of this special section highlighting the winners and finalists of our inaugural M&A, Deals and Dealmakers Awards, you’ll probably recognize many of the companies and individuals featured here.

Most of them have been written up in the local media, as well as other niche business publications with names such as the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and Financial Times. The PR clippings alone make them something of an anomaly in West Michigan, where deals get done quietly and fly below the radar for as long as possible.

That’s why we’re grateful that the dealmakers and the leaders of the companies profiled here were willing to talk about their transactions and share a few pages from their strategic playbooks. Virtually all of them have done multiple acquisitions over the years and have learned lessons. In some cases, the lessons came the hard (i.e., expensive) way.

While several of the deals highlighted here are notable for their size, complexity or transformative nature, the reality is that most transactions revolve around the same business strategies and best practices, regardless of deal size or the size of the companies involved.

Just ask Wolverine World Wide CEO Blake Krueger, who steered his company’s $1.24 billion acquisition of Collective Brands Inc.’s Performance + Lifestyle Group last year.

“We’ve learned over the years that the amount of time and effort that it takes to integrate a small acquisition can be almost as much as what it takes to integrate a larger brand or business,” he told us during a recent interview. “The issues are always the same. One of the advantages of doing a larger transaction is simply it’s one that can move the needle for you. It just takes a little guts to do it.”

The other executives and their teams of employees involved in the deals profiled in this section had guts, too. Come share their stories.

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