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July 17, 2019

Ice Miller’s Michael Jordan: Investor Appetite For Alternatives Remains High

Michael Jordan didn’t expect to become an expert in investor-side representation for alternative investments. He stumbled into the niche 22 years ago. Here's what he's seeing in the marketplace....

By Jayne Gest

July 2, 2019

Finance Fund plays vital investment role in local communities

Finance Fund connects underserved communities in Ohio with public and private sources of capital to improve access to healthy food, health care service, education and affordable housing....

By Jayne Gest

July 1, 2019

Huron Capital Leverages Growing Number Of Independent Sponsors

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....

By Mark Scott

June 12, 2019

Family offices grow in number and sophistication

Private banker Reese Fields discusses how family offices operate, including balancing privacy with connecting to potential investments....

By Jayne Gest

June 4, 2019

Federated’s Chris Donahue expects active investing to only grow stronger

After buying the smaller Hermes Investment Management, the Federated Investors CEO quickly moved to adopt Hermes' investment strategy of factoring in environment, social and governance criteria....

By Jayne Gest

June 4, 2019

Multifamily Real Estate Assets Prove Lucrative for Citymark Capital

The real estate investor is realizing healthy returns for investors from its platform that invests in value-add apartments with operating partners....

By Mark Scott

May 23, 2019

Pittsburgh deal activity hit new high in 2018

The 340 publicly announced deals in 2018 upends the previous record of 308 back in 2007, which was the first year the Allegheny Conference began tracking the 10-county region’s economic data....

By Jayne Gest

May 15, 2019

Ohio State builds momentum for innovation district development

For years, the future of The Ohio State University west campus has been up in the air. That’s changing with the first three buildings planned for an eventual innovation district....

By Jayne Gest

May 13, 2019

M&A Outlook: Steel Service Centers

Industry players are looking for acquisitive growth, targeting value-added processing as a way to enhance margin and better navigate demand volatility, investment bank Brown Gibbons Lang reports....

By Michael Marzec

May 7, 2019

Yvonne Campos' Next Act Fund gives women seat at dealmaking table

Yvonne Campos is an accomplished businesswoman who built and sold a successful market research and strategy firm. In all her experiences, though, she was never asked to participate in a deal or invest...

By Jayne Gest

May 3, 2019

Mobility and technology are driving automotive M&A

EY's Brad Hehl assesses the dealmaking landscape in the automotive space and what lies ahead for M&A activity in 2019....

By Mark Scott

April 12, 2019

NEO bioscience companies landed $294M in 2018

Dealmaking is hot in Northeast Ohio’s biomedical community, with 71 regional companies receiving $294 million in funding in 2018. BioEnterprise’s Aram Nerpouni explains how this dealmaking trend could become the “new normal.”...

By Mark Scott

April 9, 2019

Corporates join VCs to fill pipeline for Pittsburgh tech investment

Pittsburgh’s tech startups attract the lion’s share of funding and attention, says Innovation Works’ Gary Glausser. We spoke with him about trends in tech investing, including highlights from Investment in Pittsburgh’s technology sector report, and the upcoming the AI & Robotics Venture Fair....

By Jayne Gest

March 29, 2019

Chip McClure finds deals in unloved world of Tier 2, Tier 3 suppliers

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....

By Mark Scott

March 22, 2019

Driving foreign investment in Northeast Ohio: What’s next for EB-5?

The immigration/investment program that brought more than $250 million to Northeast Ohio to finance real estate projects faces an uncertain future,...

By Mark Scott

March 20, 2019

Budd Dairy Food Hall: Finding the next Cameron Mitchell

The new venture, backed by Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, will help chefs grow their concepts and build their businesses....

By Jayne Gest

March 11, 2019

Aspire dealmakers conference coming to Detroit April 11

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....

By Michael Marzec

March 7, 2019

IAM Robotics’ Joel Reed: Finding capital and talent in a competitive robotics industry

The robotics industry remains in flux, especially as methods for fulfilling consumer orders continue to evolve. But Pittsburgh — and companies like IAM Robotics — is at the center of it all....

By Jayne Gest

March 1, 2019

Forward-thinking investors are monetizing the movement of people, products

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....

By Mark Scott

February 20, 2019

M&A Outlook: Making moves in a seller's market

Western Reserve Partners' Dave Dunstan shares key takeaways from Citizens Commercial Banking's eighth-annual Middle Market M&A Outlook....

By Mark Scott

January 15, 2019

Business Pulse – January 2019

Add-on acquisitions continue to increase as an overall percentage of M&A buyouts. Strategic buyers remain active and able to pursue add-on acquisitions. Private equity is also making more add-on acquisitions....

By Mark Scott

December 28, 2018

2019: Feeling the pressure

Private equity firms and public companies have a stash of cash – and it’s time to do something with it. In our Dealmakers Look Ahead, we talk with local dealmaking experts about what to expect in 2019....

By Mark Scott

December 19, 2018

Will past performance predict next M&A downturn?

Greif's Matthew Leahy sees a disconnect between public and private market valuations. Public markets value businesses based on forward earnings, whereas private transactions are generally trailing. "Public market investors could be too bearish, but at the same time, it creates an interesting nuance,” he says....

By Aztek Dev

December 19, 2018

2018: Has the market peaked?

In our Dealmakers Year in Review, Mansour, Manna and other M&A experts weigh in on the past year in dealmaking — including lessons learned, trends to watch and the biggest under-the-radar deals of 2018....

By Mark Scott

December 19, 2018

Business Pulse – December 2018

MelCap Partners' Matt Roberts looks at next year: "As we look toward 2019 deal activity, we believe the prepared will win."...

By Matt Roberts

November 20, 2018

A look at the present — and future — of Columbus’ economy

Columbus Partnership President and CEO Alex R. Fischer shares his insights into the next steps for Columbus’ economic development and economy....

By Aztek Dev

November 20, 2018

Business Pulse – November 2018

Roughly 50 percent of the deals tracked in Northeast Ohio during October involved acquisitions or exits by private equity groups....

By Marc Fleagle

October 26, 2018

Business Pulse – October 2018

In an optimistic economy that seems to churn out favorable economic indicators on a weekly basis, the continued decline in deal activity on the local and national level may seem startling....

By Matt Roberts

September 19, 2018

Business Pulse – September 2018

For the Northeast Ohio market, August was filled with deal activity by local private equity and corporate buyers....

By Marc Fleagle and Evan Lyons

August 24, 2018

Business Pulse – August 2018

July continued many of the M&A trends that we’ve seen over the first half of 2018....

By Matt Roberts and Anthony Melchiorre

July 13, 2018

Business Pulse – July 2018

Despite lower middle-market deal volume, which is primarily the result of a scarcity of quality assets, the current M&A market is expected to remain favorable to sellers....

By Al Melchiorre and Evan Lyons

June 14, 2018

Business Pulse — June 2018

In 2018, a noticeable shift in corporate divestiture trends has taken place....

By Matthew Sweet and Marc Fleagle

May 24, 2018

A dive into today’s aggressive deal market

Four of Pittsburgh’s prominent business leaders share their experiences on the front lines of M&A in an environment of rising valuations....

By Jayne Gest

May 11, 2018

Business Pulse — May 2018

M&A activity for the month of April followed the downward trend that was expected to occur during 2018. Total deal volume decreased 13 percent as compared to April 2017, and decreased 9 percent from March 2018....

By Al Melchiorre

April 27, 2018

Forward progress: The State of Technology in Pittsburgh

From material science, life science and data centers to energy technology and research on artificial intelligence and social ventures, Pittsburgh is on the cutting edge of technology in many sectors....

By Jayne Gest

April 13, 2018

SunTrust’s Jim Geuther

SunTrust Banks' Jim Geuther talks about “acquihiring” and other important trends revealed in SunTrust’s annual Business Pulse Survey....

By Brooke Bilyj

March 29, 2018

Business Pulse — April 2018

M&A volume remains strong on a historical basis, and average deal value trends continue to show that buyers are willing to pay full value for healthy assets....

By Al Melchiorre

December 28, 2017

2017: The Year of the Seller

Much like the M&A climate nationally, Greater Cleveland had a strong year for dealmaking in 2017, as evidenced by the number and value of the transactions completed. We spoke with some of Cleveland’s M&A experts and gathered their perspective on the year that was in dealmaking....

By Mark Scott

December 28, 2017

2018: Let the good times roll

The corporate tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump could spawn a new wave of dealmaking activity in the new year. Here’s a look at what local M&A experts had to say when asked what to expect in 2018....

By Mark Scott