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Mastering the Merger

Mastering the Merger

Four Critical Decisions That Make or Break the Deal

By David Harding and Sam Rovit

Mastering the Merger

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About the Authors

About the Authors

David Harding

David Harding is an advisory partner in Bain & Company's Boston office and the former leader of the firm’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice. He is also a leader in the Corporate Finance practice. He has coauthored several articles in Harvard Business Review and has written for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and other international publications.

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Sam Rovit

Sam Rovit is a former leader of Bain's Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice. He guided numerous large merger integrations, organization redesigns and performance turnaround situations in a variety of industries. His work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Acquisitions Monthly and Strategy & Leadership.

What Others Are Saying

What Others Are Saying

How can businesses show successful sustained growth in the low-odds M&A game? Harding and Rovit propose a handful of well-researched practices that are proven to win. They will be added to our toolkit!

Jim Haymaker, Former Corporate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Cargill Inc.


Finally, a useful book for managers who know that mergers will be key to their company's future. Harding and Rovit provide a clear, focused analysis of the key steps to making mergers work.

Joseph L. Bower, Donald Kirk David Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, Harvard Business School


Harding and Rovit offer remarkable benefits for any manager or executive striving to set a course for growth. An excellent book that's pragmatic, insightful, and a pleasure to read.

Michael S. Roskothen, Former President, Global Oral Care, and Corporate Officer, Colgate-Palmolive Company

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