According to Thomson Financial, Institute of Mergers, Acquisitions, and Alliances, more than 40,000 mergers and acquisitions were recorded worldwide in 2011. Horace Nalle, Head of Legal, Communications, and Public Affairs for Merial, a maker of flea and tick and other products for pets, has participated in a number of high-profile mergers and acquisitions throughout a career that spans 30 years. He recently shared his thoughts below on some of the common reasons why a company would want to merge with or acquire another company.
Ability to Learn New Capabilities: Some companies may acquire or merge with a competitor in order to adopt their core capabilities and business.
Diversification: When one company merges with or acquires a related business, this can create synergies throughout the organization. It can also reduce some of the competitive, economic, or technological risks that may be associated with a merger or acquisition.
Increased Opportunity for Greater Market Share: Larger firms are better able to negotiate deals, attain larger economies of scale, and expand their services and distribution network.
Horace Nalle earned his Bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard University in 1978 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1982. He is a member of the Pennsylvania bar.
The Atlanta area’s mild climate is conducive to running, and the city has developed a strong running culture. With events such as the ATC Atlanta Half Marathon & 5K and the Big Peach 5K Run/Walk for Blood Cancer on the calendar, more and more Atlanta residents are hitting the streets at a respectable pace. If you are considering training for an event, or jogging for pleasure, here are a few of the Atlanta area’s most popular running trails.
Piedmont Park in the middle of the city is a great starting place, with a variety of tracks circling the ball fields, Clara Meer, and the Meadow. Clinton Nature Preserve west of Atlanta offers some challenging ascents, and stunning Douglas County scenery. In Cobb County, Kennesaw Mountain has over 17 miles of trails, ranging from easy to arduous. The Silver Comet Trail in Smyrna is also popular with local runners.
About the Author:
Horace Nalle is the head of Legal, Communications, and Public Affairs at Merial, a company committed to developing flea, tick, and heartworm protection for dogs and cats. An Atlanta resident, Horace Nalle enjoys running in his spare time.
2013 presents the Atlanta Humane Society with a hectic schedule, including regular weekly events and a number of popular annual fundraisers. On Jan. 31, the Atlanta Humane Society will present its “A Celebration of Dogs” art show, now in its third year. This fundraiser is a preview open to Atlanta Humane Society supporters in advance of the exclusive art auction entitled “Dogs in Show and Field: the Fine Art Sale,” set to take place in New York City in February.
Chairperson Jada Loveless is known for her designer handbags, and the event will be catered with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m., the fundraiser takes place at 3109 Piedmont Estate and Gardens, with tickets selling for $100 per head. Atlanta Humane Society is a popular animal welfare organization, dedicated to the prevention of animal cruelty and abuse.
About the Author:
Horace Nalle lives in Atlanta. The Vice President of Legal, Communications, and Public Affairs for Merial, he is also a supporter of the Atlanta Humane Society.