February 20, 2020
By Mark Scott
The moment you start to think that maybe it’s time to retire in terms of private ownership, it’s usually too late, says Terrence Oprea.
February 6, 2020
Longtime dealmaker put more than three decades of diversified management experience to use to help early-stage companies connect with the resources they need to grow their businesses.
January 23, 2020
The decision to sell your business is an important, but very small step in the actual transaction timeline, says UHY's Jeremy Falendysz.
January 16, 2020
When you think about everything that can go wrong in a deal, it gives you a better chance at doing it right, says Andrew J. Goldberg.
January 9, 2020
You can’t afford to be short-sighted, getting quick dollars and board members without thinking a few steps ahead, says Autobooks’ Steve Robert.
January 5, 2020
Penske Corp. becomes just the fourth owner in the history of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has hosted the world's largest single-day sporting event — the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race — for more than 100 years.
January 2, 2020
We spoke with Greenwich Capital Group's Andrew Dickow, Michigan Capital Advisors’ Gerry Giudici and Renaissance Venture Capital Fund’s Christopher L. Rizik to get their thoughts on what to expect from a dealmaking perspective in 2020.
December 19, 2019Local Deals Detroit
December 19, 2019
Matt Geiger has experience as both an entrepreneur and an investor. When he’s an entrepreneur, he’s learned the value of letting the investor be the smartest one in the room.
December 12, 2019
It seemed like a good deal, but things changed quickly for Rob Dube when he sold imageOne. Fortunately, he got it back and learned a valuable lesson about mindfulness.
December 5, 2019
General Motors and LG Chem have announced plans to mass-produce battery cells for future battery-electric vehicles. Together, the companies will invest up to $2.3 billion through a new, equally owned joint venture company.
December 4, 2019
Kelvin Squires really wanted to buy Center Line Electric, but he was willing to walk away from the deal if he didn't get what he needed.
November 25, 2019
Achieving synergy in business doesn’t have to be about making cuts. Through dealmaking, it can be a path to growth opportunities, says Ty Clutterbuck.
November 21, 2019
Larry Williams has used simple, honest dialogue to build strong ties with each PE firm that has owned Henniges Automotive.
November 13, 2019
Brian Demkowicz has a process for everything, enabling Huron Capital to continually make the right call on dealmaking opportunities.
November 5, 2019
Dealmaking works better when there is M&A expertise on both sides of the table, says the private equity firm's managing partner.
October 31, 2019
The Michigan Private Equity Conference is part of an effort to spur private equity investment and activity in the state.
October 30, 2019
Domino's had global retail sales of over $13.5 billion in 2018, with nearly $6.6 billion in the U.S. and more than $6.9 billion internationally.
October 21, 2019
Business owners have numerous options as they explore the sale of their business, explains Gretchen Perkins.
October 17, 2019
Piston Automotive, a subsidiary of the Piston Group formed by Detroit businessman and NBA legend Vinnie Johnson, has acquired Ohio-based Marion Industries, a Tier 1 assembler of brake modules for Honda of America. The deal expands Piston Automotive’s footprint into the Central Ohio region and further diversifies the company’s growing list of OEM customers.
October 16, 2019
Dealmaking can be exciting, but it can also be a pathway to uncertainty if you’re not prepared, says Savorfull CEO Stacy Goldberg.
October 10, 2019
Sellers who want to boost value ahead of a potential sale often do more harm than good, says UHY Corporate Finance’s Jeremy Falendysz.
October 3, 2019
The TriPower founding partner talks about his eye for making deals in the food and beverage space and one of the most common problems with today’s business landscape.
September 30, 2019
AGG's Autokiniton US Holdings, Inc. subsidiary paid $31 a share in cash, or about $900 million after accounting for debt and pension liabilities. The deal was announced in July.
September 27, 2019
Seasoned operating partner Gerry Giudici shares some of the key factors to consider when looking to achieve synergies through M&A.
September 19, 2019
The future of dealmaking, specifically in the commercial real estate market, is in blockchain technology, says Inveniam Capital Partners’ Patrick O’Meara.
September 19, 2019Local Deals Detroit
September 19, 2019
Starfield Hanam is the largest Western-style shopping center in South Korea at nearly 1.7 million square feet.
September 18, 2019
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings will sell the U.S. operations in the U.S. to funds managed by Gamut for $245 million.
September 12, 2019
Greenwich Capital Group's Andrew Dickow shares what you need to consider when building an effective recapitalization strategy.
September 10, 2019Local Deals Detroit
September 2, 2019
MJR Digital Cinemas is privately held and operates 10 movie theater complexes with a total of 164 screens, all located in Michigan. In 2018, the company drew 6.2 million visitors with total revenue of $81.2 million.
August 13, 2019
Upon completion of the merger, the combined company will operate under the Level One name and have over $1.8 billion in assets, $1.4 billion in loans and $1.5 billion in deposits, based upon financials as of June 30.
August 12, 2019
Janesville produces high-performance engineered acoustical and thermal fiber solutions for a variety of automotive applications
July 30, 2019
Ford has acquired Quantum Signal, a Saline, Michigan, mobile robotics company, which helped the military develop software that allowed it to remotely control robotic vehicles from thousands of miles away. The transaction should help advance Ford’s goal of launching a self-driving vehicle business, including software development and hardware prototyping.
July 30, 2019
David Costa prefers to move fast when making acquisitions, moving form LOI to purchase agreement within 10 days. It’s an approach built out of hard lessons learned putting in the time and effort and walking away without a deal.
July 29, 2019
Mylan N.V. and Pfizer Inc. have agreed to combine Mylan with Upjohn, Pfizer’s off-patent branded and generic established medicines business, creating a new global pharmaceutical company. The strategic deal puts together Mylan’s pipeline and supply chain and Upjohn’s commercial and medical infrastructure and expertise, in order to serve more than 165 markets.
July 26, 2019
Harry Cendrowski, founding member and managing director at Cendrowski Corporate Advisors, discusses the evolving approach to due diligence in dealmaking.
July 24, 2019
The merged company will take on the NeuroBo name and focus on the company’s clinical-stage drug candidates for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
July 24, 2019
Former R.L. Polk CEO Stephen Polk talks about the sale of the business, his Highgate family office investing platform and his continuing love for data-driven processes.
July 22, 2019
The transaction represents the latest acquisition for Sciens since Huron Capital formed the platform in 2016 to pursue a buy-and-build investment strategy in the fire service and integrated solutions sector.
July 1, 2019
The deal provides New York-based HFZ Capital and The Platform, a private development firm in Detroit, with money to knock out prior debt on the building, according to a statement on the UC Funds website, clearing the way for preservation work.
July 1, 2019
Independent sponsors are a growing part of the M&A landscape, and Detroit’s Huron Capitalis taking advantage of the deal opportunities they provide, says Gretchen Perkins, business development partner.
June 27, 2019
Competition is strong among financial institutions engaged in M&A activity, which creates risk for companies looking to make a deal, says says Richard C. Hampson, state president and head of commercial banking at Citizens Bank, Michigan.
June 26, 2019
The company also hired eBay executive Scott Cutler as its new CEO, succeeding co-founder Josh Luber, who will continue to serve on the executive leadership team and board.
June 24, 2019
Schostak Brothers will serve as the lead partner and manage the future mixed-use development, which is expected to include corporate office, research & development and technology companies. The Palace was the home of Detroit’s NBA franchise from 1988 to 2017.
June 19, 2019
The bank holding company says the acquisition of the online luxury retailer will add to its efforts to develop tools that help customers make smarter financial decisions.
June 13, 2019
Impact Fitness operates 29 Planet Fitness clubs across Michigan, Indiana, British Columbia and Ontario. It was founded by Chris Klebba in 2006 with the opening of the first Planet Fitness club in the Greater Detroit market.
June 13, 2019
Lauren Hoffman of Woodward Angels and Tim Parker of Grand Angels talk about their effort to make connections and spark more early-stage entrepreneurial growth in Southeast Michigan.
June 12, 2019
The round was led by GreatPoint Ventures out of San Francisco with significant participation from existing investors, including August Capital, as well as GM Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Detroit’s General Motors.
June 7, 2019
Trevco works with licensors such as Warner Bros., Hasbro and Paramount Pictures to manufacture consumer products and create digital e-commerce campaigns.
June 6, 2019
Investors aren’t looking for unique business opportunities, says Arsenal venture partner Maria Thompson. They want business models that solve problems, preferably big ones.
May 30, 2019
RSM's Mike Dingwall discusses sell-side strategies that can set you up for positive outcome in the sale of your business.
May 29, 2019
The salons being sold and refranchised are currently branded as Famous Hair, Best Cuts, Fiesta Salons, First Choice Haircutters and BoRics Hair Care. They will be converted to Supercuts and Cost Cutters over the next several months.
May 24, 2019
VICI Properties bought the land and real estate assets of the property for about $700 million, while Penn National Gaming bought the operating assets for about $300 million.
May 23, 2019
M&A advisor Joseph Valentic explains why a good M&A strategy starts with a good story, but also needs a solid team and attention to detail.
May 22, 2019
Acquisition will give the auto racing sanctioning and operating company control of more than a dozen raceways, including Michigan International Speedway.
May 20, 2019
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Clinc, which is developing a conversational AI platform, has raised a $52 million Series B, with investments from Drive Capital, Insight Partners, DFJ Growth, Hyde Park Venture
May 20, 2019
Huron Capital acquired Pueblo in December 2017 to pursue a buy-and-build strategy in the commercial HVAC market in the southwestern U.S.
May 16, 2019
PlanetM Mobility Grants also provide aid to mobility startups and corporations to test, validate and prove out new technologies on Michigan roadways
May 14, 2019
Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Pipeline Angels bring needed guidance to help young entrepreneurs shape their vision and target markets that offer a better chance for success.
May 9, 2019
The founder of Pointe Capital Management talks about the forces that drove the launch of his investment management firm and the value of being a dealmaking sleuth.
May 7, 2019
The funding comes from a group comprised of institutional investors — including funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates Inc. — and existing partners General Motors, SoftBank Vision Fund and Honda.
May 7, 2019
Proceeds will be used to help the aviation technology startup acquire key automotive EV technology, build a series of full-scale prototypes and initiate Federal Aviation Administration certification.
May 3, 2019
EY's Brad Hehl assesses the dealmaking landscape in the automotive space and what lies ahead for M&A activity in 2019.
May 1, 2019
The world’s second-largest mobility supplier has taken a stake in Bond Mobility to help the world’s only speed eBike sharing company develop an urban transportation strategy.
April 30, 2019
The move is the second Italian acquisition in the past six months for the Bloomfield Hills-based company as it seeks to accelerate the growth of its packaging platform.
April 29, 2019
Henry Ford Health System, Michigan Medicine and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System are collaborating in a major economic investment in the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood.
April 25, 2019
The CEO explains how he found a company that wasn’t even on the market — and turned it into a great acquisition.
April 19, 2019
Chris Rizik shares his insight on how to make a better pitch to investors, as well as the growth opportunities that exist in Detroit’s VC community.
April 18, 2019
The Westin Book Cadillac was the site of Detroit's biggest CEO-focused dealmakers event on April 11. The ASPIRE Dealmakers Conference featured panel discussions with some of Detroit's top dealmakers, as well as extensive networking opportunities to meet with entrepreneurs, investors and advisers who make deals happen in metro Detroit.
April 12, 2019
Investing is a good way to stay in the game after you’ve sold your business. But the transition from business owner to ‘investor’ can be jarring if you don’t adjust your expectations.
April 5, 2019
The PE firm's co-founder explores the method that fuels his dealmaking productivity and the role Midwestern values play in the firm’s success.
April 5, 2019
Hard Rock International will handle operations at both properties. VICI will own the land and will enter into triple-net leased fee agreement with Hard Rock International.
April 1, 2019
Kellogg Co. is selling selected cookies, fruit and fruit-flavored snacks, pie crusts, and ice cream cones businesses to the global confectionary company Ferrero Group and its related companies for $1.3 billion in cash as it continues to refocus its brand portfolio.
March 29, 2019
By founding Michigan Capital Advisors, he has created a private equity firm that addresses the lack of access to capital that prevents suppliers from keeping up with customer demand and diversifying beyond the auto sector.
March 26, 2019
ChoiceOne Financial Services, the parent company of ChoiceOne Bank, and County Bank, the parent company of Lakestone Bank & Trust, are merging to form the 12th-largest bank holding company in Michigan.
March 26, 2019
University Bancorp Inc. subsidiary University Lending Group has acquired certain assets of Huron Valley Financial Inc., a privately held mortgage banking firm also based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
March 22, 2019
There are no mergers of equals, says Howard & Howard’s Joseph DeVito, Esq. But effective due diligence can help your business get the best possible deal. Here’s what you need to know about cost, risk and liability when preparing for a merger.
March 20, 2019
Horizon Global Corp. has closed a new financing agreement to provide additional liquidity and has amended its existing term debt agreement to relax financial covenants.
March 19, 2019
Continental Services, Michigan’s largest food management company, has acquired Canton-based Sterling Services, creating Michigan’s largest founder-owned contract dining management company.
March 11, 2019
The Aspire middle-market dealmakers conference will be at the Westin Book Cadillac on April 11. This conference features an all-star lineup of entrepreneurs, investors and adviser.
March 8, 2019
The master dealmaker talks about his humble beginnings, his approach to investment opportunities and the importance of being a disciplined dealmaker.
March 6, 2019
Membership in Woodward Angels requires a minimum investment of $25,000 per calendar year in Detroit-area startups.
March 1, 2019
As self-driving cars become a force on American roadways, Blue Victor Capital's Sherwin Prior is already looking ahead at new ways to leverage autonomous vehicle technology.
March 1, 2019
The units being acquired generated $32.7 million in revenue and $4.5 million of EBITDA in 2018,
February 26, 2019
Campbell Soup says it will sell the Ferndale-Based salsa maker to an affiliate of Fountain of Health USA, a maker of hummus, dips, salads and other products.
February 25, 2019
The deal to buy Preferred Freezer Services unites two of the industry's largest companies.