David Braun

About

David Braun is the founder and CEO of Capstone Strategic and author of Successful Acquisitions: A Proven Plan for Growth. His specialty is helping companies grow through acquisition.

Through consistent focus on this one specialty, David has built up a formidable expertise that has led to an acquisition success rate way beyond the industry average.

David Braun is a sought-after educator who has been teaching senior executives and financial professionals for over 21 years. His live seminars and online webinars are in high demand, and his blog is widely read by M&A professionals, business owners and all who wish to understand the dynamics of growth through company acquisition.

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Pathways to Growth

Five Pathways to Growth

As you focus your attention on the growth of your company, there are five key pathways to consider: Grow Organically Exit the Market Be the Low-Cost Provider Do Nothing Pursue External Growth Before you even start planning an acquisition, remember there are other growth options available. It is an important realization that you do have […]

Market Criteria, Market Research

Markets First

I always emphasize to my clients the critical value of painstaking market research and selection before considering individual prospects. Simply by conducting thorough research, you immediately separate yourself from the majority of company buyers and place yourself at an important competitive advantage. Choosing Market Criteria Choosing the correct market criteria may be tricky. Here are […]

Burger King Tim Hortons Merger

Burger King – Tim Hortons Merger Is Unappetizing Deal

Burger King and Tim Hortons announced on Sunday that they would merge into a single enterprise with $22 billion in revenue and 18,000 restaurants worldwide. A new parent company headquartered in Canada would be created in what technically is a tax inversion, although tax savings are not driving the merger itself. The main strategy is […]

Recent Posts

Beginning Integration Planning After the Deal Closes: A Mistake You Must Avoid

Beginning Integration Planning After the Deal Closes: A Mistake You Must Avoid

One of the biggest mistakes a leader can make is to begin thinking about integration after a deal closes. By that time, it is already too late, and you will be left scrambling to piece together a haphazard plan. After the transaction closes employees from both buyer and seller will be working side-by-side and systems […]

Intel Acquires eASIC

Intel Acquires eASIC to Expand Beyond Declining CPU Chip Market

Intel has acquired eASIC, a small company specializing in customizable chips in order to diversify beyond CPU chips that are used primarily in personal computers. As consumers move more and more to using mobile phones over personal computers, demand for Intel’s base product, CPU chips, is declining. eASIC’s 120 employees will join Intel’s programmable solutions group, […]

The Secret to Finding the Right Acquisition Targets

The Secret to Finding the Right Acquisition Targets

“We would like to do an acquisition, but there are just no good companies to buy.” I’ve heard this sentiment repeatedly throughout the years from both owners of small, family businesses and executives of Fortune 500 firms alike. Identifying the right company to acquire is key to a successful transaction and the process takes significant […]

How to Bring the Right Team to the Negotiation Table

How to Bring the Right Team to the Negotiation Table

When negotiating for an acquisition, we always recommend you, as the buyer, try to match the seller’s negotiation team. Many owners are selling their company for the first time and in most cases their company will be smaller than yours. Arriving to the negotiation table with a swarm of lawyers can be overwhelming and may […]

M&A in Review: Top posts from 1H 2018

M&A in Review: Top Posts from 1H 2018

The first half of 2018 has been a busy year for mergers and acquisitions activity. Globally announced deal value reached $2.1 trillion, up 56% from the same period in 2017 largely driven by an uptick in mega deals over $5 billion. Here’s a look back at the most popular posts from the Successful Acquisitions blog […]

How to Buy a Company When the Owner is Not Willing to Sell Today

How to Buy a Company When the Owner is Not Willing to Sell Today

Despite your best efforts to convince an owner to sell, sometimes you will find that an owner of a not-for-sale company is just not ready to let go – even if he or she thinks partnering with your company is the right decision. In some cases, you will have to part ways and move on […]

How to Avoid Negotiating In Circles

How Can You Avoid Negotiating in Circles?

We had been in negotiations with the seller, Martin, and his team all day and despite diverging perspectives on a few issues we had managed to nail down several important aspects of the agreement involving intellectual property and key employee contracts. The next afternoon when we resumed negotiations, Martin brought up the employee contracts again […]

Are You Ready to Do An Acquisition

Are You Ready to Do an Acquisition?

Buying another company is an excellent tactic for growing your company, but are you really ready to do a deal? About 77% of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) fail due to a variety of issues ranging from lack of strategic alignment to incomplete due diligence to culture clashes. A bad acquisition can leave a company worse […]

AT&T Time Warner Merger Gets Approved, Expect More Media Mergers

AT&T – Time Warner Deal Gets Green Light, Expect More Media Deals

On Tuesday AT&T and Time Warner received approval for their $85 billion merger that brings together channels like CNN, HBO with the number two mobile carrier in the US. The deal is just the start of what is shaping up to be a very busy year for technology and media mergers and acquisitions. Less than […]

Negotiate in Parallel

Negotiating in Parallel

One of the secrets to negotiating a successful acquisition is to negotiate in parallel, not in series. Rather than negotiating each point one by one, put all the issues on the table and discuss them at the same time. While it may seem overwhelming to juggle multiple issues at once, this approach is a much […]

The Letter of Intent

What Not to Include in the Letter of Intent

A letter of intent (LOI) is one of the most commonly used tools for moving a deal forward. The LOI outlines the basic parameters for an acquisition including the period of exclusivity, purchase price and consideration, preferred deal structure, and expiration date. The LOI is your chance to communicate the strategic value of an acquisition […]

Technology and Media Consolidation Fuels M&A Activity

Technology and Media Consolidation Fuels M&A Activity

As expected, mergers and acquisitions activity in 2018 is off to a strong start with deal value already reaching $2 trillion this year. Tax reform, which lowered the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% has certainly impacted activity as many companies are already putting their tax savings to work in deals. One interesting trend we’ve seen […]

Why Strategic Alignment is Paramount to Acquisition Success

Why Strategic Alignment is Paramount to Acquisition Success

“It can be the best financial deal on the planet, but if it doesn’t fit our strategy…we’re not interested.” This quote from Gary Norcross, President and CEO of Fidelity National Information Services, expresses a simple principle: In order to be successful, an acquisition must be strategic in nature. One of the primary reasons acquisitions fail […]

How to develop your due diligence checklist

How to Develop Your Due Diligence Checklist

Buyers often think using a due diligence checklist is the best way to ensure thorough due diligence on the target, but this may not always be the case. A generic list developed by outside “experts” may focus on non-essential issues while glossing over items that are critical to your deal. This is because each acquisition […]

Nestle signs deal to sell packaged Starbucks products

Competing by Acquiring – Lessons from the Walmart-Flipkart and Nestlé-Starbucks Deals

There are many reasons to execute an acquisition from entering a new market to adding a new capability to increasing your bottom line. One of the most common reasons to buy another company is to prevent your competitor from owning it. Acquiring out of a defensive position to prevent a competitor from owning a key […]

Wrong Way to do M&A

The Wrong Way to Approach M&A – Singing “We’re in the Money”

By now, many of you have heard the clip of Sainsbury’s CEO caught singing “We’re in the Money” into a hot mic prior to his interview about the merger between Sainsbury and Asda. For all the corporate, flowery language touting the benefits of the merger, this unguarded moment seemed to reveal the truth to the […]

Does the Highest Bidder Always Win the Deal

Does the Highest Bidder Always Win the Deal?

The short answer to this question is no. Some owners may sell to the highest bidder, but this is not always the case. Differentiating by price alone is problematic for a number of reasons, the most obvious being that someone can always outbid you. In addition, when it comes to privately-held transactions, especially, we find […]

David Braun Texas Business Radio

David Braun Speaks on Growth through M&A on Texas Business Radio

I was recently interviewed on the syndicated radio program Texas Business Radio. On the show, I share why companies pursue growth through M&A and how you can be successful. It all starts with painting a picture and having a vision for the direction of your company. The most successful acquirers are those that spend the time […]

How to Contact Owners About Mergers and Acquisitions - Webinar

How to Contact Owners About Mergers and Acquisitions – Webinar

When speaking with an owner for the first time about acquisition, knowing what to say (and what not to say) can be tricky. It is even more challenging in the case of “not-for-sale” acquisitions because you will have to change the owner’s mindset. How do you begin the conversation? When do you address price? And how […]

5 Ways to Rethink Strategic Growth – Use Criteria for Objective Decision-making

5 Ways to Rethink Strategic Growth – #5 Make Objective Decisions

While a leader’s years of experience may be invaluable, companies should not make decisions based on instinct alone. We are human and biases can influence the judgement of even the most “objective” leader. In today’s information world it is important to pair real-time data with analytical skills in order to arrive at the best decision. […]