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August 11, 2022

Real estate investing in a dynamic market

Citymark Capital Founder and CEO Dan Walsh on the real estate investment market, what, and where, is hot, and how he sees the investment landscape playing out given the economic currents....

By Adam Burroughs

July 13, 2022

Deal Pulse: Volume down, value up amid mounting headwinds

Following a healthy first quarter, U.S. and local deal volume declined the second quarter ended June 30. However, total deal value on a national basis was up sharply over the same period. Acquirers are increasingly confronted with a difficult labor market....

By Evan Lyons and Mike Kostandaras

June 17, 2022

Investing in Downtown Baltimore

MCB Real Estate's P. David Bramble, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore's Shelonda Stokes, Chasen Companies' Brandon Chasen and FNB Corp.'s Mac Tisdale discuss the opportunities available for investors in downtown Baltimore. ...

By Adam Burroughs

June 2, 2022

Economic development challenges, opportunities in Greater Cleveland

Downtown Cleveland Alliance's Michael Deemer, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services' Howard W. "Hoby" Hanna, IV, First National Bank's Jeff Bechtel and K&D's Doug Price helped kickoff the recent Cleveland Smart Business Dealmakers Conference with a roundtable discussing the drivers of economic development in Northeast Ohio....

By Adam Burroughs

May 27, 2022

Evaluating the current deal market and looking ahead

Speaking at the recent Milwaukee Smart Business Dealmakers Conference, TKO Miller's Joe Froehlich, who was joined by Web Finance Direct CEO Miller Newton for the kickoff session titled, "What’s Over the Horizon? Evaluating the current deal market and looking ahead," moderated by Husch Blackwell’s Chief Executive Paul Eberle, the group offered insight on what they are seeing in the marketplace and how changing market conditions may impact deal flow and structures....

By Adam Burroughs

May 26, 2022

How the middle-market M&A scene might play out for 2022

Based on analyst reports and Citizens Annual Middle Market M&A Outlook, 2022 is expected to be another high-paced deal year, says David Dunstan managing director in Citizens M&A Advisory Group....

By Adam Burroughs

March 25, 2022

Assessing the economic factors influencing M&A

Kicking off this past week's Nashville Smart Business Dealmakers Conference, Laurel Graefe of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta - Nashville Branch, along with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce's Wanda Lyle, and UBS's Shane Lieberman and James Jack, discuss what's driving business and M&A activity nationwide and across the Nashville region, and what to expect for the remainder of 2022....

By Adam Burroughs

March 4, 2022

For entrepreneurs, there's no place like St. Louis

Clayton Capital Partners' Kevin Short, along with Capital Innovators' Judy Sindecuse, Capacity's David Karandish and EmpowerMe Wellness' Josh Stevens, break down what's driving activity in region and why they believe St. Louis is a great place to do business....

By Adam Burroughs

February 25, 2022

Bold predictions for the 2022 M&A year

Will 2022 bring us a recession? The best deal year ever? Or the end of working from home? Predictions abound as the Dealmakers Roundtable kicked off this year's Pittsburgh Smart Business Dealmakers Conference....

By Adam Burroughs

January 28, 2022

Buyers Negotiate Protections As Valuations Soar

Bellmark Partners' Andy Vollmer explores the record-level of M&A activity in 2021, the driving factors of that activity, the consequences, and what we can expect for the remainder of 2022. ...

By Dan Pender

January 21, 2022

Expectations for M&A in 2022

Citizens' Jerry Sargent and Dave Dunstan, along with Safe Harbor Marinas' Baxter Underwood and Locus Robotics' Bruce Welty explore how executives are faring in the ongoing war for talent, the impact of current supply chain issues on dealmaking, and whether the frenzied M&A market will stay hot....

By Adam Burroughs

November 17, 2021

WinTrust’s Paul Carlisle on market liquidity and its impact on deals

WinTrust Financial Corp.'s Paul Carlisle looks at the challenges facing the market, the state of capital, and the conditions dealmakers could expect for the remainder of the deal year. ...

By Adam Burroughs

November 12, 2021

The importance of ESG alignment

Ampex Brands Eric Easton, along with UBS' Amantia Muhedini and Samuel Parker look at how sustainable investing and an intentional diversity strategy can be a company’s differentiator and help drive continued growth. ...

By Adam Burroughs

October 29, 2021

Factors affecting dealmaking today

Specialty Products & Insulation's Jon Perry, along with FNB Corp.’s Brad Jones and US Brick Holdings’ Mikee Johnson, talk about dealmaking in today’s market. ...

By Adam Burroughs

October 29, 2021

Creating liquidity events through IPOs and SPACs

Odeon Capital's Eric Gomberg, along with BDO USA’s Meg Kellogg and Scott Hendon, as well as Armstrong Teasdale LLP’s John Sten, talk about creating liquidity events through IPOs and SPACs....

By Adam Burroughs

October 20, 2021

A look at the cyberthreat environment

Che Bhatia, along with Aon’s William Shortt and Kathy Weaver, and KeyBank’s Gregg Bach and Christopher Naso, explore cybersecurity and its impact on M&A....

By Adam Burroughs

September 30, 2021

Capital velocity trend predicated on speed, volume

Talisman Capital Partners' Matt Bennett and Root's Kumi Walker, along with Tri-W Group's Paige McCarthy and Ice Miller LLP's Chris Michael explore new and emerging perspectives in M&A....

By Adam Burroughs

September 9, 2021

Financial Materiality Of ESG

The 2021 Philadelphia Smart Business Dealmakers Conference opens with a discussion of ESG issues and how they might play out in the M&A market....

By Adam Burroughs

August 6, 2021

Not all CEOs are enthralled by the red-hot M&A market

Vistage Columbus Chair Perry Maughmer spoke on the Smart Business Dealmakers Podcast about the CEO mindset in a time of incredible M&A activity....

By Adam Burroughs

July 16, 2021

De-risking the de-SPAC transaction

There’s a lot of talk about SPACs, blank-check companies that raise money to fast-track a private company into the public market. What doesn’t get discussed as much is the de-SPAC transaction — the second part of that process. ...

By Adam Burroughs

June 30, 2021

The next normal

Joe Pulizzi, Stewart Kohl, Jeff Bechtel, and David Heller kick off the Cleveland Smart Business Dealmakers Conference discussing how they navigated their organizations through the pandemic, their thoughts on the current and future state of deal flow, and best practices in M&A. ...

By Adam Burroughs

June 11, 2021

Cyber risk in M&A transactions

Jamil Jaffer and Maj Gen USAF (Ret) Brett Williams, of IronNet-Cybersecurity Inc., talk about the threat cyberattacks pose to M&A....

By Adam Burroughs

June 11, 2021

Josh Curtis on what M&A’s busiest year means for sellers

Josh Curtis, managing director of Footprint Capital, offers his view of the market from both the sell-side and buy-side, as well as his sense of how things could play out for the balance of the year....

By Adam Burroughs

May 21, 2021

Beth Haas on the factors that make 2021 a sellers’ market

Cyprium Partners Beth Haas spoke on the Smart Business Dealmakers Podcast about the state of the M&A market, highlighting what she sees as good for sellers and what factors could dampen deal strength or activity....

By Adam Burroughs

May 6, 2021

Greg Skoda: SPACs 101

Marcum LLC's Greg Skoda offers a lesson in SPAC fundamentals — what they are, why they’re so insanely popular right now, and what sellers and investors should know about them before getting involved....

By Adam Burroughs

April 23, 2021

Post-COVID capital trends to watch

As buyers and sellers look to transact, Mark Guterman, managing director of loan syndications for First National Bank, and Martin McCormick, managing director and head of FNB Mezzanine Finance for F.N.B. Corporation are seeing capital trends starting to take shape....

By Adam Burroughs

March 25, 2021

Reggie Ford on how diversity, equity and inclusion spur innovation

Rosecrete Wealth Management founder and CEO Reggie Ford talks race and the mental health challenges many minority entrepreneurs, investors, and employees face from their life experiences and why open dialogue can lead to a stronger and more prosperous business community....

By Adam Burroughs

March 12, 2021

Paul Klug on smoothing out the bumps in M&A negotiations

Paul Klug covers a range of issues, including the view of 2020’s uneven M&A landscape from his seat, and how his clients mitigated deal risk....

By Adam Burroughs

February 26, 2021

Serial entrepreneur Steve McHale offers insight into his investment process

Steve McHale talks about how he identifies investment targets and what trends he’s chasing with his investment dollars....

By Adam Burroughs

February 12, 2021

André Thornton takes lessons from the past to inform the future at ASW Global

ASW Global CEO André Thornton on how lessons from navigating past challenges have helped the company overcome challenges today....

By Adam Burroughs

January 29, 2021

Paladin Capital’s Bill Prevost on deal distress in the wake of COVID-19

Bill Prevost, of Paladin Capital, talks about what the 2020 market looked like for his firm, which focuses on acquisition in the trucking industry, and what businesses interested in selling to an ESOP need to do to prepare....

By Adam Burroughs

January 22, 2021

Metz Lewis' George Thomas on the surprising strength of M&A through the pandemic

Metz Lewis' George Thomas offers his assessment of the M&A market — what it looked like in 2020, and what he expects it will look like in 2021....

By Adam Burroughs

January 8, 2021

Locke Lord’s Michael Wilson sees a faster deal pace, but caution, in 2021

Locke Lord Partner Michael Wilson says though M&A activity remains high, the ways in which investors are transacting — a flight to quality, greater willingness to do minority investments — has changed heading into 2021....

By Adam Burroughs

December 11, 2020

Carlton D. Dean III on how the pandemic reshaped deal priorities

Carlton D. Dean III talks about how the pandemic has affected both the state of the market, and the state of his M&A thinking....

By Adam Burroughs

December 4, 2020

PNC Wealth’s Jim Benedict on navigating post-election tax environment

PNC Wealth Management’s Jim Benedict dives into wealth planning strategies business owners should consider heading into a transaction, as well as common issues they tend to overlook....

By Adam Burroughs

December 3, 2020

David Woodburn sees great buyer-Seller cooperation during the disruption

David Woodburn, a shareholder at Roetzel & Andress, offers his sense of the deal market, what companies can do to prepare for crises in the future, and more....

By Adam Burroughs

November 24, 2020

Kathleen McCann sees a tale of two economies

Is it the best of times? Or is it the worst of times? The answer, according to Kathleen McCann, executive chairman of United Road Services and executive partner at Nonantum Capital Partners, is both....

By Dustin Klein

November 20, 2020

Equity Trust Co.’s George Sullivan On Finding Opportunity In Disruption

George Sullivan, CEO of Equity Trust Company, says the fundamental question on investors’ minds right now is when will conditions be better? For Sullivan, that’s the wrong question....

By Adam Burroughs

November 5, 2020

Keep calm: Stewart Kohl on pandemic-induced M&A uncertainty

The Riverside Co. co-CEO discusses portfolio company performance, Riverside’s M.O. as it navigates through the choppy M&A market, his sense of where the collective heads of buyers and sellers are at the moment, and more....

By Adam Burroughs

October 30, 2020

M&A Roundtable: A Culture of Acquisitions

Capitala Investment Advisors LLC Chairman and CEO Joe Alala; AmWINS Group Inc. COO Ben Sloop; LendingTree Founder, Chairman and CEO Doug Lebda; and Executive Vice President and Charlotte Regional President of FNB Corp. Brad Jones, offer their insights into the challenging M&A market....

By Adam Burroughs

October 23, 2020

Managing Through Uncertainty

Two primary issues have made things difficult for businesses this year. What both have in common is that each has introduced a lot of uncertainty for dealmakers....

By Adam Burroughs

October 8, 2020

M&A is down but buyers and sellers are never out, says Bob Campana

Bob Campana, CEO of Campana Capital, offers his take on the state of dealmaking and when he expects anything like “normal” will return to M&A....

By Adam Burroughs

September 17, 2020

David Grigsby on dealmaking during a pandemic

David Grigsby shares his insights on how the pandemic has affected M&A — buyers, due diligence and the deal timeline — and how the competition for troubled companies is shaping up....

By Adam Burroughs

September 4, 2020

Xelerate’s Emily Biscardi says listen to the market

Emily Biscardi, founder and CEO of Xelerate, on how entrepreneurs are innovating not only to leverage talent but also to leverage their competitive advantages....

By Adam Burroughs

July 24, 2020

LFM Capital’s Stephen Cook: In Tough Times, Pass In The Corners

The LFM Capital co-founder discusses the outlook for buyers and sellers, and the importance of compromise in getting deals done....

By Adam Burroughs

July 24, 2020

Hightower Advisors’ Omar Qureshi On Preserving Wealth In Wake Of COVID-19

Hightower Advisors Managing Director Omar Qureshi discusses the challenges and opportunities created by the pandemic, and what business owners and investors should do sooner than later to preserve wealth....

By Adam Burroughs

July 2, 2020

Cyprium Partners’ Michael Conaton: Get Ready For EBITDAC

Cyprium Partners co-founder MIchael Conaton discusses where he thinks investors will look when they begin scrutinizing deals as the economy starts to recover and the rise of EBIDTA before COVID....

By Adam Burroughs and Mark Scott

June 26, 2020

CMU’s Lynn Banaszak: Priorities are shifting, but innovation interest remains strong

Despite the uncertainty, investors are still very interested in preserving their deal pipelines — continuing to build on the promise of the portfolio of ideas already in development, says Lynn Banaszak, executive director of the Digital Transformation and Innovation Center at Carnegie Mellon University....

By Jayne Gest

June 12, 2020

Howard & Howard’s Dan Cotter: Don’t Wait To Make A Business Interruption Claim

Many companies will be taking a harder look at their business interruption and disaster recovery insurance coverage in the wake of COVID-19, says Dan Cotter, an attorney with Howard & Howard....

By Dustin S. Klein & Mark Scott

June 12, 2020

Early-Stage Entrepreneurs Need To Focus On Creativity, Mitigating Risk To Close Deals

The landscape for showcasing early-stage companies to potential buyers and investors has changed dramatically in the face of COVID-19, says David Weaver, chief investment officer at City Side Ventures....

By Dustin S. Klein & Mark Scott