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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

June 8, 2020

Wintrust’s Paul Carlisle: Investors Who Weather Pandemic Will Find Deal Opportunities On Other Side

Paul Carlisle discusses how investors view the current deal market and what business owners can do to prepare for the second half of the year....

By Dustin S. Klein & Mark Scott

June 3, 2020

Proformex’s Lou Schneeberger: Focus On The Fundamentals Now, Make A Good Deal Later

Business owners who can keep their companies afloat during a global pandemic will be quite attractive to investors when the economy begins to grow again, says R. Louis Schneeberger, executive chairman at Proformex....

By Dustin S. Klein & Mark Scott

May 21, 2020

Oswald’s Bob Klonk: Supply Chain Risk Will Be A Critical Negotiating Point For Post-Pandemic Dealmaking

Health experts have stressed repeatedly that a COVID-19 vaccine is most likely at least a year away, a reality that will be on the minds of dealmakers at every turn, says Oswald Cos. CEO Chairman and CEO Robert J. Klonk....

By Dustin S. Klein & Mark Scott

May 20, 2020

Babst Calland’s Chris Farmakis: The deal picture should be clearer by summer

While deals are still getting done, many have been pushed backed. However, we likely won't know until summer whether those delayed transactions come back to life, says Babst Calland's Chris Farmakis....

By Dustin S. Klein and Jayne Gest

May 15, 2020

Ice Miller’s Michael Jordan and Rob Ouellette: M&A and business in a turbulent market

Are deals dead? Ice Miller Partner Rob Ouellette says “no,” but they have taken on a different look. Ouellette and Ice Miller Managing Partner Michael Jordan share their thoughts on M&A and other issues C-suite executives are dealing with during the COVID-19 crisis....

By Dustin S. Klein and Jayne Gest

May 13, 2020

Deal Pulse: April M&A Activity in Central Ohio

The state of Ohio was under a stay-at-home order for the entire month of April, with many businesses shut down. While middle market M&A activity has severely slowed in Central Ohio, notable deals included Break Trail Ventures, Nationwide Ventures and Midwest Equipment Sales....

By Michael Shaw

May 7, 2020

Tucker Ellis’s Brian M. O’Neill: The Future Of Dealmaking Post-Pandemic Will Need Time To Take Shape

As Ohio seeks to reopen its economy in the coming weeks, a significant number of businesses will face a daunting challenge to simply reopen their doors to customers, says Brian M. O’Neill, a partner at Tucker Ellis....

By Dustin S. Klein & Mark Scott

April 23, 2020

Ancora’s David Sowerby Sees Opportunity For Buyers Coming Out Of COVID-19

Ancora's David Sowerby expects acquisitive companies to find targets at more attractive valuations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic....

By Dustin S. Klein & Mark Scott

April 23, 2020

Greg Achten: Strategic Tips On How To Manage Your Investments In The Wake Of Economic Crisis

Liquidity is often an elusive goal in the wake of an economic downturn. As business owners and investors try to collect themselves in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Greg Achten has found that many of his clients at UBS are in decent shape....

By Dustin S. Klein & Mark Scott

April 17, 2020

Deal Pulse: March M&A Activity in Central Ohio

M&A activity in Central Ohio continues to move forward despite the impact of the coronavirus on the markets and Ohio’s mandated shutdown of non-essential businesses and “shelter-in-place” orders given in March....

By Michael Shaw

April 10, 2020

What Cleveland's Top Dealmakers Are Seeing

As the unprecedented shutdown of American business continues, Smart Business magazine sat down with three top local dealmakers to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted their clients and their dealmaking activity. Dealmakers has some excerpts from the upcoming magazine article....

By Michael Marzec

April 1, 2020

Drive Capital’s Chris Olsen on how coronavirus impacts VC

Drive Capital partner Chris Olsen talks about the state of dealmaking, what portfolio companies should expect from their shareholders and his advice for investors....

By Adam Burroughs

March 27, 2020

Dealmaking In The Age of Coronavirus

Drew Caylor, managing director at WILsquare Capital, and Kevin Short, managing partner and CEO of Clayton Capital, share their insights on the state of dealmaking and what we might expect to see through the remainder of the year....

By Adam Burroughs

March 23, 2020

Deal Pulse: Central Ohio companies active in health care tech

Central Ohio companies were active last month in transactions involving health care tech. Copper Run Capital's Michael Shaw shares what deal activity he's seen throughout February 2020....

By Michael Shaw

March 20, 2020

Greenwich Capital Group’s Andrew Dickow Shares How Coronavirus Is Impacting His Approach To Dealmaking

Dealmaking won't be the path to economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, but it can certainly play a role in it, says Andrew Dickow....

By Mark Scott

March 19, 2020

Dealmakers Share Perspective On How Coronavirus Pandemic Is Impacting Their World

The coronavirus pandemic has brought our everyday routines to a grinding halt, including those in the business and dealmaking community. Read how those typically on the frontlines of deal activity are reacting to what’s happening....

By SBN Staff

March 19, 2020

Cyprium Partners’ John Sinnenberg: Noncontrol Capital Market Provides A Wide Range Of Dealmaking Options

Cyprium Partners’ John Sinnenberg works with business owners who need capital but don't want to give up control. It’s a unique market that leads to a variety of deal types....

By Mark Scott

March 6, 2020

PNC’s Gus Faucher doesn’t see a U.S. recession in the near future — even with global concerns

A recession isn’t on the horizon, thanks to factors like consumer spending, PNC Chief Economist Gus Faucher predicts. The U.S., though, may see slower growth in 2020. The X factor, however, could be an external shock like the coronavirus....

By Jayne Gest

March 4, 2020

Chemical Bank’s Jim Robinson: Family Offices On The Rise As Entrepreneurs Look To Deal

The dealmaking environment in Detroit is alive and well, says Chemical Bank’s Jim Robinson. Family offices are one trend driving increased M&A activity....

By Mark Scott

February 26, 2020

Deal Pulse: Investors Back Columbus Tech Firms

Recently, investors made significant investments into Columbus-based tech companies that are forward thinking and utilizing new technologies in the marketplace. Copper Run Capital's Michael Shaw shares what deal activity he's seen throughout January 2020....

By Michael Shaw

February 20, 2020

Signet’s Anthony Manna: U.S. Deal Activity Remains Steady As China Responds To Coronavirus

As the Chinese government continues to grapple with the impact of the coronavirus within its borders, the disease’s impact on the U.S. economy has been negligible....

By Mark Scott

February 14, 2020

Investing in Ohio’s medical marijuana industry

The cannabis space is an interesting investment opportunity that comes with a variety of risks, but as Ohio’s medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries slowly gain ground, the nascent industry should pick up speed in 2020....

By Jayne Gest

February 4, 2020

Rich Lunak on the hot technology market in Pittsburgh

The market for technology companies and disruptive startups remains red hot in Pittsburgh. Innovation Works' Rich Lunak shares what he's seeing in terms of valuations and deal flow....

By Jayne Gest

January 16, 2020

LaSalle Network’s Tom Gimbel: Entrepreneur Still Searching For The Right Deal

The decision to make a deal is often a matter of perspective, says LaSalle Network’s Tom Gimbel....

By Mark Scott

January 10, 2020

The State of M&A In St. Louis

It's an active M&A environment across industries and the entire spectrum of companies — from large to middle market to small. And that’s not expected to change much this year, despite warnings of a possible economic downturn....

By Adam Burroughs

January 3, 2020

2020 shaping up to be a great deal year, with some caveats

Following 2019's strong dealmaking year, the expectation is an even stronger M&A market in 2020. However, as Griffin Financial Group’s John Lee notes, there may be uncertainties ahead that could prove disruptive....

By Adam Burroughs