Corporate Finance Publications

2016

  1. 25 Truths about M&A: Insights from the 3rd Annual Corporate Development Conference

    December 2016 | Conference KeyNotes

    Although mergers & acquisitions activity in early 2016 declined from 2015’s record levels, nearly half of CEOs expect to conduct a domestic transaction this year, and a third expect to do a cross-border deal. 

  2. Landscape of Campaign Contributions: Interim Report

    November 2016 | Committee for Economic Development

    Campaign spending is increasingly conducted through third parties rather than direct expenditures. That approach should end in favor of one that promotes accountability and provides voters with information on the sources of funding behind campaign communications.

  3. CEO and Executive Compensation Practices: 2016 Edition

    September 2016 | Research Report

    Only one of the 25 highest-paid CEOs in 2015 delivered exceptional share price performance during the year, while seven saw their total compensation fall--in one case, by almost 80 percent.

  4. StraightTalk® Global Economic Outlook 2016: Will Greater Uncertainty Lead to Business Investment Paralysis?

    September 2016 | Key Business Issues

    Will greater uncertainty lead to business investment paralysis? In this issue of StraightTalk, Chief Economist Bart van Ark looks at the business implications of economic uncertainty and weakening of US corporate profits.

  5. Global Economic Outlook 2016: What Lies Ahead for Corporate Profits in Mature Economies?

    September 2016 | Research Report

    Until 2014, profits for US corporations were growing at record levels, despite lackluster growth across mature economies. Since 2014, and moving forward, US corporations are facing headwinds which may slow profit growth.

  6. End of Cold, Hard Cash and the Global Shift toward Cashless Consumer Payments

    August 2016 | The Demand Institute

    The rise in internet access in emerging markets is expanding consumers’ horizons and fueling their demand for new ways to pay for the products and services of the modern economy. 

  7. How Activist Investors Identify Their Targets

    June 2016 | Director Notes

    The first phase of an activist’s campaign is perhaps the most important: identifying undervalued and attractive target companies.

  8. Help Wanted: What Looming Labor Shortages Mean for Your Business - CEO Implications

    April 2016 | Key Business Issues

    New sources of labor should be top of mind for CEOs as they contemplate protracted labor shortages. These shortages will hit most industries, pinching profits and prolonging the economic slowdown.

  9. Help Wanted: What Looming Labor Shortages Mean for Your Business

    April 2016 | Key Business Issues

    A prolonged labor shortage looms over many industries in the United States and across the globe, threatening hiring, retention, and profits, but few companies are prepared to deal with it.

2015

  1. Activist Hedge Funds, Golden Leash Special Compensation Arrangements, and Advance Notice Bylaws

    December 2015 | Director Notes

    This report discusses recent cases highlighting activist efforts to replace directors at target companies.