Selected Publications from MoneySoft

MoneySoft’s select publications list is a collection of business knowledge that will enrich your business life. These books belong in the library of every serious corporate financial decision maker and their advisors.

Many of the books contain principles that have been incorporated in MoneySoft’s analysis, valuation and M&A software systems.

Merger & Acquisitions

Directory of M&A Intermediaries

Profiling scores of the most experienced and effective dealmakers, the Directory of M&A Intermediaries contains detailed profiles of 1,344 investment banks, business brokers, law firms and other intermediaries.

The principal intermediary activity of the firms listed in this book brings together buyers and sellers of businesses. Many of the firms, however, also assist in raising capital for M&A transactions through debt and stock underwritings, private placements or other activities. The directory includes information about both kinds of business.

The great features of the Directory of M&A Intermediaries include:

  • Listing of major Wall Street investment banks
  • Intermediaries that serve the hard-to-crack middle market
  • Detailed profiles of firms, their activities, areas of expertise and transaction criteria
  • Comprehensive company information including: contacts, addresses, principals, type of services, transaction sizes and preference
  • Geographic and industry preferences, the volume of firms’ recent transaction activity, and the types of clients with which each firm works
  • Articles written by industry experts that shed light on current issues in the global and domestic mergers and acquisitions market this year
  • A foreign firms section

Price: $595.00




 


The Complete Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions: Process Tools to Support M&A Integration

Done right, mergers and acquisitions can result in unified, cohesive new organizations whose financial performance and strategic options are much improved.

Revised and updated to meet the needs of today’s business environment, the second edition of The Complete Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions gives executives, managers, and supervisors the guidance and tools they need to successfully see the M&A process through at every organizational level. Authors Tim Galpin and Mark Herndon show why the typical M&A deal never realizes its intended financial and strategic results. Based on the authors’ consulting experience with numerous Fortune 500 companies, this comprehensive resource will help organizations address the myriad integration aspects of M&As, maximizing the strategic and financial value of integrations more quickly and effectively.

The second edition expands on the authors’ step-by-step advice and includes best-practices and lessons learned as well as information about:

  • Conducting M&A due diligence that leads to effective integration
  • Typical organizational dynamics created during a M&A deal
  • Mistakes commonly made during integration
  • The how-to’s of comparing and combining company cultures
  • Effective design, management, and coordination of the enterprise-wide integration process
  • Retaining and recruiting key talent
  • Capturing and measuring deal synergies
  • A proven process for integration staffing and selection

This comprehensive resource also contains several new visual aids as well as helpful templates, checklists, graphs, and tools. In addition Galpin and Herndon provide sound guidance for successfully integrating different processes, organizations, and cultures.

Price: $50




 


Mergers and Acquisitions – Insider’s Guide

There is an enormous middle market wealth transfer taking place and will continue over the next decade. Mergers and Acquisitions: A Guide to Selling Middle Market Businesses conveys the unique issues and circumstances of middle market mergers and acquisitions, companies valued between $5 million to $300 million. Real world anecdotes and vignettes are included. In addition, the book discusses accounting issues, valuation issues, legal issues, securities issues, due diligence issues, and M&A from a buy side point of view. Designed for use by consultants, investment bankers, owners, and management.

Price: $105




 


Structuring Mergers and Acquisitions

This invaluable reference guide provides a broad overview of the M&A process and provides insightful guidance on how to deal with a wide array of topics critical to successful mergers and acquisitions.

“If I could only have one reference book on M&A, Structuring Mergers and Acquisitions would be the one.” Robert B. Machiz, President, MoneySoft, Inc.

Filled with detailed examples and case studies, this updated classic also includes discussion of purchase accounting, Section 404, new legal cases with M&A implications, and more.

Price: $230




 


Investment Banking

Investment Banking: Valuation, Leveraged Buyouts, and Mergers & Acquisitions is a highly accessible and authoritative book that focuses on the primary valuation methodologies currently used on Wall Street—comparable companies, precedent transactions, DCF, and LBO analysis. These methodologies are used to determine valuation for public and private companies within the context of M&A transactions, LBOs, IPOs, restructurings, and investment decisions. Using a step-by-step how-to approach for each methodology, the authors build a chronological knowledge base and define key terms, financial concepts, and processes throughout the book. They also provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of LBOs and an organized M&A sale process.

In the aftermath of the subprime mortgage crisis and ensuing credit crunch, the world of finance is returning to the fundamentals of valuation and critical due diligence. This involves the use of more realistic assumptions governing approach to risk as well as a wide range of value drivers. While valuation has always involved a great deal of “art” in addition to time-tested “science,” the artistry is perpetually evolving in accordance with market developments and conditions. In this sense, this book is particularly topical—in addition to detailing the technical fundamentals behind valuation, the authors infuse practical judgment skills and perspective to help guide the science.

Price: $80




 


Leveraged Buyouts

Whether you represent buyers, sellers or lenders, this Leveraged Buyouts book provides practical, in depth answers to all of your questions as well as model documents for every contingency. This comprehensive guide explains each variety of LBO in detail — its rationale, the advantages and drawbacks of the available financing and tax structures, corporate governance and regulatory issues, and the many legal issues that arise along the way.

Topics covered include: buyout nomenclature; merger agreements, loan agreements, fairness opinions, registration rights, tax consequences, fraudulent conveyance laws, corporate governance, and state and federal regulations.

From plain vanilla transactions to trophy deals, Leveraged Buyouts also provides sophisticated examples of the documents needed for private equity investors to acquire a public Delaware corporation — everything from an Equity Commitment Letters to a Senior Subordinated Note Indenture and more.

Whether you are trying to structure mezzanine financing, minimize taxable events for your client, or negotiate a break-up fee, Leveraged Buyouts has solutions that will save time and help you draft the best possible documents for your transaction.

Price: $395




 


The Art of Mergers and Acquisitions

Authoritative and completely up-to-date, the Fourth Edition of The Art of M&A is an unsurpassed, one-stop guide to every facet of mergers and acquisitions that enables you to make winning deals with complete confidence.

This definitive resource retains its popular Q&A format, offering quick access to all the changes that have occurred in the field since the merger wave of the 1990s.

The book explores every key aspect of winning M&A transactions, and presents advice on avoiding common M&A pitfalls.

Price: $135




 


Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts: 4 Volume Set

Don’t Tackle Mergers and Acquisitions Without Ginsburg and Levin, America’s Leading Authorities

When structuring mergers and acquisitions, there’s only one way to be sure that you’ve thought of all the tax and legal consequences: rely on Martin D. Ginsburg and Jack S. Levin as you plan, develop, and execute your M&A strategy . In this four volume print set, these expert practitioners offer you:

  • Solutions to real-life M&A problems as they arise in negotiations
  • Step-by-step analysis of typical and non-typical mergers transactional permutations
  • Checklists, flow charts, and other at-a-glance mergers practice materials
  • Whether you represent the buyer, the seller, or another interested party, you can go straight to a model M&A agreement that gives you:
  • A complete document structured to embody your client’s M&A interests
  • Clauses addressing a wide variety of specific mergers situations
  • Specific language for even the smallest mergers and acquisitions variations you’re likely to encounter
  • CD-ROM containing Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts: Sample Acquisition Agreements

Price: $472




 


Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook

A Step-by-Step Guide to Buying and Selling a Business from a Distinguished Group of Recognized Experts.

Mergers and Acquisitions Handbook for Small and Midsize Companies is the perfect guide for anyone who is selling a business or hoping to buy one. Each of the nearly 30 contributors is a recognized expert in a particular aspect of the M&A process. These authors explain their topics from the ground up, assuming no previous experience on the part of the reader and addressing the subject from every conceivable angle.

The Mergers and Acquisition Handbook for Small and Midsized Companies was first published in 1997 and includes a chapter on preparing acquisition projections that was written by MoneySoft’s president, Robert B. Machiz.

Price: $335




 


Negotiated Acquisitions of Companies, Subsidiaries and Divisions

Learn the “shop secrets” that can help you negotiate the transaction that suits you best! This masterful resource brings you an analysis of the relevant law with a strong dose of practice—how to structure deals, negotiate agreements, analyze issues and solve the real problems that are likely to arise. The authors, skilled veterans of numerous corporate transactions, provide expert practical advice, from the planning stages to post-closing.

Negotiated Acquisitions of Companies, Subsidiaries and Divisions is divided into several parts: planning transactions and advising boards; general and special provisions of the acquisitions agreement; and special topics, such as LBOs and troubled companies. You’ll find everything from basic corporate, tax and accounting considerations to detailed analysis of representations, warranties, covenants and closing conditions. Novices as well as experienced practitioners will benefit from discussion of: mergers of equals; cash election mergers; fairness opinions; Sarbanes-Oxley; special committees of disinterested directors; intellectual property concerns; due diligence; and much more. You’ll also learn about the latest developments, including techniques for handling economic uncertainty and stock market instability.

Price: $599




 


Anatomy of a Merger: Strategies and Techniques for Negotiating

“Anatomy of a Merger is a classic and a must-read for all dealmakers.” Robert Machiz, President – MoneySoft, Inc.

Anatomy of a Merger: Strategies and Techniques for Negotiating Corporate Acquisitions is a unique guide to handling a corporate acquisition negotiation successfully. Some of its advice is geared towards effectuating workable compromises that satisfy the interests of all parties; some is aimed at getting a leg up on your adversaries. One of the book’s principal points is how these twin, seemingly antithetical goals can and should be attained.

At the outset, Mr. Freund explores the fencing for position that goes on during preliminary negotiations, when many of the basic issues vital to the deal are resolved. Later chapters analyze: the basic acquisition agreement; bargaining techniques applicable to substantive issues such as purchase price, representations and warranties, and indemnification; and employment contracts. The author also examines the period between signing and closing—a time when things can and do go wrong.

Anatomy of a Merger: Strategies and Techniques for Negotiating Corporate Acquisitions suggests tactics to use—and tactics to guard against. It contains analysis so shrewd, so insightful, so skillfully written, that once you begin reading it, you’ll find yourself reluctant to put it down.

Price: $289




 


Structuring VC, Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Transactions

Now, you can minimize your clients’ tax liability and avoid legal pitfalls, as well as maximize returns on successful transactions and be prepared for all of the potential benefits, with Structuring Venture Capital, Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Transactions, 2008 Edition.

Here at last is one-step-at-a-time, start-to-finish structural guidance for the following common business transactions:

  • Venture capital financing
  • New business start-ups
  • Brains-and-money deals
  • Growth-equity investments
  • Leveraged and management buyouts
  • Industry consolidations
  • Troubled company workouts and reorganizations
  • Going public
  • Selling a business
  • Forming a private equity fund

Guided by Jack S. Levin’s dynamic, transaction-by-transaction approach, you’ll make the tax, legal, and economic structuring consequences of every deal benefit your client every time. In this extraordinary hands-on resource by the most sought-after authority in the field, you’ll see exactly how to:

  • Distribute the tax burden in your client’s favor
  • Maximize returns on successful transactions
  • Control future rights to exit a profitable investment
  • And turn every transaction into a winning venture!

Price: $270




 


Corporate Acquisition & Mergers

A one-stop guide to the local practical issues involved conducting transactions in a foreign country.

Business executives and their advisors participating in a transaction in a foreign country need a clear and concise framework of understanding, which will enable them to identify the critical issues likely to affect the course of the deal and to formulate the questions on which detailed advice will be needed.

Now firmly established and respected as a major reference work on the subject, Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers provides a one-stop guide to the local practical issues involved. Some of the world’s most distinguished law firms, each of them identified as a leading firm in the mergers and acquisitions field in their own country, offer a rich source of information and advice on domestic issues arising on M&A transactions.

The book has been restructured and expanded to cover all the most significant economies in the world (some 50 countries in all). The work is kept up-to-date by regular supplements, which track the key changes and developments in national laws and practice affecting mergers and acquisitions. The work now offers a truly global coverage.

Each country section aims to adopt a broadly similar framework and structure. The topics addressed are:

  • Local economic, political and cultural aspects
  • The regulatory framework
  • Most common types of transaction
  • Common financing methods
  • Antitrust/competition issues
  • Taxation aspects
  • Employment considerations
  • Procedural formalities
  • Accounting treatment
  • Prospective future developments.

Price: $280




 


Takeovers: A Strategic Guide to M&A

Master the Process, Timing, and Tactics of Managing a Contest for Control

Written by the experts at Debevoise & Plimpton and LeBoef, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, this book will help you swiftly master the nomenclature, tempo of deal making and techniques for closing in all types of business combinations. Takeovers: A Strategic Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions, Second Edition gives you a practical understanding of the critical procedures, issues and laws both bidder and target corporations must consider, including:

  • How tender offers are regulated in the United States
  • Tender offer tacticsProxy contests
  • The Hart-Scott-Rodino Act
  • Rules relating to the financing of tender offers
  • Strategic litigation
  • Federal regulation of a target’s responses to a takeover
  • State takeover legislation
  • Deal protections
  • Poison pills
  • And more!

Also included in the Second Edition are such topics as:

  • Recent Trends in mergers and acquisitions
  • Changes in the regulation of cross-border M&A
  • The impact of the rule 14d-10 on tender offers
  • How the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has affected M&A
  • Selective Disclosure and tipping issues
  • Stockholder proposals relating to poison pills
  • Stockholder access rules to director nominations
  • Changes in judicial review of director decisions
  • Omnicare and other major developments relating to deal protection
  • Pure resources and other key going private cases
  • And changes in state takeover laws

Price: $280



 


Employee Benefits in Mergers

Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions is an essential tool in assisting both benefits and M&A professionals in handling complicated issues that are likely to arise in the wake of a merger or acquisition. It includes legal and tax compliance issues, strategies to avoid costly litigation, and the soundest business practices for administering benefits and compensation plans in a merger and acquisition setting.

The 2008–2009 Edition has been updated to include coverage of legislative and regulatory developments in the past year that affect employee benefits in mergers and acquisitions, including:

  • The effects of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) on plans involved in business transactions
  • The impact of the PPA-mandated IRS and DOL guidance and its effect on plan administration and issues in mergers and acquisitions
  • The impact of new final regulations under Code Section 415 on maximum benefits and includible plan compensation
  • The impact of 2007 and 2008 guidance relating to the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 on nonqualified deferred compensation and other executive compensation
  • Comprehensive modifications to the Internal Revenue Code sections relating to 401(k) plans to reflect the guidance relating to Roth 401(k) provisions
  • Litigation relating to cash balance plans, the prospective resolution of the issues in the PPA, and the outstanding controversies still surrounding such plans
  • Ever-developing changes to employer and fiduciary liability in relation to employer securities in plans, including employee stock ownership plans, and the impact of new DOL guidance regarding directed trustee liability, and the impact of the PPA on fiduciary rules
  • Changes in defined benefit funding considerations, particularly in light of the PPA
  • New rules relating to keeping qualified plans up to date with changes in the law and to submitting such plans for IRS review
  • Discussion of fiduciary responsibility in general, particularly in light of the post-Enron litigation

Price: $295




 


Corporate Cultures

Business experts everywhere have been finding that corporations run not only on numbers, but on culture. In this revised and updated 2000 edition of Corporate Cultures, organization consultants Terrence Deal and Allan Kennedy probe the conference rooms and corridors of corporate America to discover the key to business excellence. They find that the health of the bottom line is not ultimately guaranteed by attention to the rational aspects of managing-financial planning, personnel policies, cost controls, and the like. What’s more important to long-term prosperity is the company’s culture-the inner values, rites, rituals, and heroes-that strongly influence its success, from top management to the secretarial pool.

For junior and senior managers alike, Deal and Kennedy offer explicit guidelines for diagnosing the state of one’s own corporate culture and for using the power of culture to wield significant influence on how business gets done.

Price: $16




 


Cultures and Organizations – Software of the Mind

The landmark study of cultural differences across 70 nations, Cultures and Organizations helps readers look at how they think—and how they fail to think—as members of groups. Based on decades of painstaking field research, this new edition features the latest scientific results published in Geert Hofstede’s scholarly work Culture’s Consequences, Second Edition. Original in thought and profoundly important, Cultures and Organizations offers vital knowledge and insight on issues that will shape the future of cultures and nations in a globalized world.

Price: $29.95




Financial Analysis

Accounting for Mergers and Acquisitions

As each new accounting question or scandal hits Wall Street, investment professionals too often find themselves asking, “What happened?” Accounting for M&A, Equity, and Credit Analysts answers the most common accounting questions, all in an easy-to-follow format designed to provide investment professionals with real-world, hands-on knowledge of key accounting treatments, models, and practices.

Written by well-known M&A expert James E. Morris, this versatile accounting desk reference bridges the gap between what is taught in business school and what is needed in the real world.

Price: $54.95




 


Corporate Financial Distress and Bankruptcy

A comprehensive look at the enormous growth and evolution of distressed debt, corporate bankruptcy, and credit risk default.

Edward Altman is the creator of the Z-Score Bankruptcy Predictor. The Z-Score model is used in MoneySoft’s financial statement analysis and valuation applications. Corporate Financial Distress and Bankruptcy is an excellent resource for predicting, avoiding, managing—and even profiting from—bankruptcy.

This Third Edition of the most authoritative finance book on the topic updates and expands its discussion of corporate distress and bankruptcy, as well as the related markets dealing with high-yield and distressed debt, and offers state-of-the-art analysis and research on the costs of bankruptcy, credit default prediction, the post-emergence period performance of bankrupt firms, and more.

Price: $100.00




 


Financial Statement Analysis – A Practitioner’s Guide

A comprehensive look at the enormous growth and evolution of distressed debt, corporate bankruptcy, and credit risk default.

Edward Altman is the creator of the Z-Score Bankruptcy Predictor. The Z-Score model is used in MoneySoft’s financial statement analysis and valuation applications. Corporate Financial Distress and Bankruptcy is an excellent resource for predicting, avoiding, managing—and even profiting from—bankruptcy.

This Third Edition of the most authoritative finance book on the topic updates and expands its discussion of corporate distress and bankruptcy, as well as the related markets dealing with high-yield and distressed debt, and offers state-of-the-art analysis and research on the costs of bankruptcy, credit default prediction, the post-emergence period performance of bankrupt firms, and more.

Price: $80




 


Fundamentals of Corporate Credit Analysis

An authoritative, in-depth guide to all aspects of credit analysis from the experts at Standard & Poor’s…

Credit analysis–gauging an issuer’s ability to repay interest and principal on a bond issue–plays an essential role in determining how bond issues are rated and priced. Fundamentals of Corporate Credit Analysis provides both analysts and investors with the practical, up-to-date information they need, backed by Standard & Poor’s research, data, and experience, to properly assess the credit risk of virtually any entity.

Whether used as a handy all-in-one guide or as a comprehensive training tool, it will give anyone the knowledge and tools needed to dig beneath standard ratings and determine an organization’s true creditworthiness.

Price: $75




Exit Planning

Exiting Your Business – Protecting Your Wealth

Written by John Leonetti—attorney, wealth manager, merger and acquisition associate, and fellow exiting business owner in his own right—Exiting Your Business, Protecting Your Wealth will guide you in thoughtfully planning out your exit options as well as helping you analyze your financial and mental readiness for your business exit.

Easy to follow and essential for every business owner, this guide reveals how to establish an exit strategy plan that is in harmony with your goals.

Price: $49.95




 


Driving Your Company’s Value – Strategic Benchmarking for Value

Driving Your Company’s Value: Strategic Benchmarking for Value is a step-by-step book presenting a valuation-oriented methodology that helps companies maximize shareholder value. It offers clear, concise, and concrete methods for management to create and preserve value, complete with case study applications.

Driving Your Company’s Value provides an excellent framework for developing an exit strategy that maximizes the value of your business.

This book is aimed to the small business owner whose problems, resources and options are very different from their larger corporate counterparts. In fact, most small business people flounder around when things go wrong and that’s why too many small businesses ultimately fail. This book presents clear and practical information for these beleaguered small business owners, and it fortifies this advice with numerous case examples of how other business owners have overcome their own difficulties.

Price: $65





Business Valuation

Cost of Capital – Applications and Examples

In this long-awaited Third Edition of Cost of Capital: Applications and Examples, renowned valuation experts and authors Shannon Pratt and Roger Grabowski address the most controversial issues and problems in estimating the cost of capital.

This authoritative book makes a timely and significant contribution to the business valuation body of knowledge and is an essential part of the expert’s library.

Price: $160




 


Standard and Poor’s Guide to Fairness Opinions

Expert guidance on fairness opinions from the experts at Standard & Poor’s

The Standard & Poor’s Guide to Fairness Opinions examines fairness opinions from a fiduciary’s perspective. It details important differences between income, market, or cost approaches in rendering an opinion; provides insights into capital structure complexities; describes techniques for achieving vital synergy in the fairness analysis; and more.

Price: $29.95




 


Standards of Value

This book has been called a must-read for appraisers, accountants, judges, attorneys, and appraisal users, this insightful book addresses standards of value as applied in four distinct contexts: estate and gift taxation; shareholder dissent and oppression; divorce; and financial reporting.

Practitioners will discover some of the intricacies of performing services in these venues, and appraisers will find this book helpful in understanding why the practitioners are asking such questions.

Price: $115




 


Valuing a Business, 5th Edition

Capitalize on All the Latest Legal, Financial, and Compliance Information Needed to Analyze and Appraise Any Business

For over 25 years, Valuing a Business has provided professionals and students with expert business valuation information, offering clear, concise coverage of valuation principles and methods. Over the decades, the book’s unsurpassed explanations of all valuation issues have made it the definitive text in the field, against which every other business valuation book is measured.

Now updated with new legal, financial, and compliance material, the Fifth Edition of Valuing a Business presents detailed answers to virtually all valuation questions ranging from executive compensation and lost profits analysis…to ESOP issues and valuation discounts.

Written by Shannon Pratt, one of the world’s leading authorities on business valuation, this updated classic offers a complete “one-stop” compendium of information on the full range of valuation concepts and methods. Valuing a Business contains step-by-step discussions and analyses of the entire valuation process.

Price: $99




 


Investment Banking

Investment Banking: Valuation, Leveraged Buyouts, and Mergers & Acquisitions is a highly accessible and authoritative book that focuses on the primary valuation methodologies currently used on Wall Street—comparable companies, precedent transactions, DCF, and LBO analysis. These methodologies are used to determine valuation for public and private companies within the context of M&A transactions, LBOs, IPOs, restructurings, and investment decisions. Using a step-by-step how-to approach for each methodology, the authors build a chronological knowledge base and define key terms, financial concepts, and processes throughout the book. They also provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of LBOs and an organized M&A sale process.

In the aftermath of the subprime mortgage crisis and ensuing credit crunch, the world of finance is returning to the fundamentals of valuation and critical due diligence. This involves the use of more realistic assumptions governing approach to risk as well as a wide range of value drivers. While valuation has always involved a great deal of “art” in addition to time-tested “science,” the artistry is perpetually evolving in accordance with market developments and conditions. In this sense, this book is particularly topical—in addition to detailing the technical fundamentals behind valuation, the authors infuse practical judgment skills and perspective to help guide the science.

Price: $80





Business Decisions

Turnaround

Many business books purport to give you a fast formula to make money, but it’s difficult to find good advice on what to do when your business is in trouble. That’s the mission of TURNAROUND. This book is amid to the small business owner whose problems, resources and options are very different from their larger corporate counterparts. In fact, most small business people flounder around when things go wrong and that’s why too many small businesses ultimately fail. This book presents clear and practical information for these beleaguered small business owners have overcome their own difficulties.

TURNAOUND also does more than cover financial, legal and managerial aspects of the subject. There is also the human dimension. How can the small business owner objectively define and achieve their own personal objectives which may or may not coincide with revitalizing the business? Whoever you are and whatever your situation this book will alter the way you think about your business and it may even change your life.

Price: $24.95




 


The Six-Month Fix – Adventures in Rescuing Failing Companies

“If you’re the CEO of a struggling business, let’s hope we never meet. I’m Gary Sutton, a turnaround guy. When I arrive you leave. Results usually get better and fast.”-from the Introduction to The Six-Month Fix

Lessons on how to save a sick company from a top turnaround CEO

One of the business world’s most sought-after “trauma specialists,” Gary Sutton has salvaged nearly a dozen failing businesses, including everything from printing, garbage hauling, and burglar alarm companies to aerospace, satellite communications, and software firms.

In The Six-Month Fix, Sutton takes readers behind the PR curtain to give them an intimate look at the situations he faced coming into several sick companies and how he fixed what ailed them. Writing in his trademark frank, funny, no-holds-barred style, he shares his war stories and the lessons he learned about what it takes to save a faltering business. Not for the faint of heart, The Six-Month Fix offers honest, straight-from-the-hip advice for managers in training for the business fight of their lives.

Price: $44.95




 


Due Diligence in Business Transactions

This valuable deskbook presents a complete overview of the due diligence process and gives attorneys, legal assistants and allied professionals the tools they need to conduct more thorough and efficient due diligence investigations.

Due Diligence in Business Transactions provides detailed guidance on: who makes up the due diligence team and what roles these various experts play; what you can do to limit your risk of liability for inadequate or incomplete due diligence; what the courts say about “adequate due diligence” under the federal securities laws; how to create a “data trail” to document the investigation; techniques that can help you uncover more and better information; the special requirements of international and intellectual property due diligence; and how the due diligence investigation process varies for different types of companies.

Chapters analyze environmental, real and personal property, debt instrument, employee benefits, insurance and liability coverage, international, and intellectual property due diligence, as well as due diligence considerations in light of heightened national security.

The book features over 95 forms and checklists that can also be found on the accompanying CD-ROM.

Due Diligence in Business Transactions includes in-depth coverage of the case law and statutes governing due diligence and shows you what to do—and what to watch out for—every step of the way.

Price: $389




 


Behavioral Corporate Finance

Behavioral Corporate Finance identifies the key psychological obstacles to value maximizing behavior, along with steps that managers can take to mitigate the effects of these obstacles.

The main goal of the book is to help readers learn how to put the traditional tools of corporate finance to their best use, and mitigate the effects of psychological obstacles that reduce value.

Price: $85




 


Fooled By Randomness

This book is about luck–or more precisely, about how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. Set against the backdrop of the most conspicuous forum in which luck is mistaken for skill–the world of trading–Fooled by Randomness provides captivating insight into one of the least understood factors in all our lives. Writing in an entertaining narrative style, the author tackles major intellectual issues related to the underestimation of the influence of happenstance on our lives.

The book is populated with an array of characters, some of whom have grasped, in their own way, the significance of chance: the baseball legend Yogi Berra; the philosopher of knowledge Karl Popper; the ancient world’s wisest man, Solon; the modern financier George Soros; and the Greek voyager Odysseus. We also meet the fictional Nero, who seems to understand the role of randomness in his professional life but falls victim to his own superstitious foolishness.

However, the most recognizable character of all remains unnamed–the lucky fool who happens to be in the right place at the right time–he embodies the “survival of the least fit.” Such individuals attract devoted followers who believe in their guru’s insights and methods. But no one can replicate what is obtained by chance.

Are we capable of distinguishing the fortunate charlatan from the genuine visionary? Must we always try to uncover nonexistent messages in random events? It may be impossible to guard ourselves against the vagaries of the goddess Fortuna, but after reading Fooled by Randomness we can be a little better prepared.

Price: $27




 


The Black Swan

A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives.

Why do we not acknowledge the phenomenon of black swans until after they occur? Part of the answer, according to Taleb, is that humans are hardwired to learn specifics when they should be focused on generalities. We concentrate on things we already know and time and time again fail to take into consideration what we don’t know. We are, therefore, unable to truly estimate opportunities, too vulnerable to the impulse to simplify, narrate, and categorize, and not open enough to rewarding those who can imagine the “impossible.”

For years, Taleb has studied how we fool ourselves into thinking we know more than we actually do. We restrict our thinking to the irrelevant and inconsequential, while large events continue to surprise us and shape our world. Now, in this revelatory book, Taleb explains everything we know about what we don’t know. He offers surprisingly simple tricks for dealing with black swans and benefiting from them.

Elegant, startling, and universal in its applications The Black Swan will change the way you look at the world. Taleb is a vastly entertaining writer, with wit, irreverence, and unusual stories to tell. He has a polymathic command of subjects ranging from cognitive science to business to probability theory. The Black Swan is a landmark book–itself a black swan.

Price: $27




 


New Art of Negotiating

When The Art of Negotiating first appeared, it taught us that negotiation doesn’t have to be an adversarial process that ends in victory for one party and defeat for his hapless rival. Since then, the landscape of business has changed greatly.

The New Art of Negotiating provides Nierenberg’s effective strategies redesigned for today’s world. You will learn how to analyze your opponent’s motivation, negotiate toward mutually satisfying terms, learn from your opponent’s body language, and much more. Throughout, the author will guide you in successfully applying his famous win-win tactics to the bargaining process.

Price: $15.95




 


Think Better: An Innovators Guide to Productive Thinking

Think Better is about Productive Thinking — why it’s important, how it works, and how to use it at work, at home, and at play. Productive Thinking is a game changer — a practical, easy-to-learn, repeatable process that helps people understand more clearly, think more creatively, and plan more effectively. It’s based on the thinking strategies that people we celebrate for their creativity have been using for centuries. Tim Hurson brings Productive Thinking out of the closet and presents it in a way that makes it easy for anyone to grasp and use — so you can think better, work better, and do better in every aspect of your life.

Think Better demonstrates how you can start with an intractable technical problem, an unmet consumer need, or a gaping chasm in your business strategy and, by following a clearly defined, practical thinking process, arrive at a robust, innovative solution. Many companies use the Productive Thinking model to generate fresh solutions for tough business problems, and many individuals rely on it to solve pressing personal problems.

The principles you’ll find in Think Better are straight-forward: separate your thinking into creative thinking and critical thinking; stay with the question; strive for the “third third” by generating lots and lots of ideas; and look for unexpected connections.

Price: 27.95




 


Your Money and Your Brain

Your Money and Your Brain is as entertaining as it is enlightening. In the course of his research, Zweig visited leading neuroscience laboratories and subjected himself to numerous experiments. He blends anecdotes from these experiences with stories about investing mistakes, including confessions of stupidity from some highly successful people. Then he draws lessons and offers original practical steps that investors can take to make wiser decisions.

Anyone who has ever looked back on a financial decision and said, “How could I have been so stupid?” will benefit from reading this book.

Price: $26





ESOP / Benefits

Employee Benefits in Mergers

Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions is an essential tool in assisting both benefits and M&A professionals in handling complicated issues that are likely to arise in the wake of a merger or acquisition. It includes legal and tax compliance issues, strategies to avoid costly litigation, and the soundest business practices for administering benefits and compensation plans in a merger and acquisition setting.

The 2008–2009 Edition has been updated to include coverage of legislative and regulatory developments in the past year that affect employee benefits in mergers and acquisitions, including:

  • The effects of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) on plans involved in business transactions
  • The impact of the PPA-mandated IRS and DOL guidance and its effect on plan administration and issues in mergers and acquisitions
  • The impact of new final regulations under Code Section 415 on maximum benefits and includible plan compensation
  • The impact of 2007 and 2008 guidance relating to the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 on nonqualified deferred compensation and other executive compensation
  • Comprehensive modifications to the Internal Revenue Code sections relating to 401(k) plans to reflect the guidance relating to Roth 401(k) provisions
  • Litigation relating to cash balance plans, the prospective resolution of the issues in the PPA, and the outstanding controversies still surrounding such plans
  • Ever-developing changes to employer and fiduciary liability in relation to employer securities in plans, including employee stock ownership plans, and the impact of new DOL guidance regarding directed trustee liability, and the impact of the PPA on fiduciary rules
  • Changes in defined benefit funding considerations, particularly in light of the PPA
  • New rules relating to keeping qualified plans up to date with changes in the law and to submitting such plans for IRS review
  • Discussion of fiduciary responsibility in general, particularly in light of the post-Enron litigation

Price: $295




 


ESOP Answer Book

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are a powerful competitive tool to help businesses attract, retain, and reward the best employees and increase their productivity. Whether you are just beginning to consider employee stock ownership as a meaningful business strategy or are looking for ways to make your current plan more effective, turn to the Employee Stock Ownership Plan Answer Book for the facts, legal analysis and practical advice you need to make informed, strategic decisions!

The Employee Stock Ownership Plan Answer Book gives you one-stop access to the latest laws and regulations governing ESOPs, including the applicable Internal Revenue Code provisions, the Tax Reform Acts of 1984 and 1986, and the Small Business Job Protection Act. You’ll learn not just what the law says, but what you must do to ensure proper administration, compliance and reporting.

Price: $269



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