Skip to Content

May 22, 2024

People Shouldn't Be An Afterthought In Your Deal

By Adam Burroughs

CMA Global Inc.'s Dana Borchert, Ph.D. on the importance of considering people in M&A deals.

May 16, 2024

When Integrating After A Deal, Be Quick

Caliber Midstream Company's Joseph Mills on the importance of speed and honesty in post-deal integration

May 16, 2024

Essential Leadership Traits For Uncertain Times

Brightstar Capital Partners Tom Meredith on how today's market conditions impact business leaders.

May 16, 2024

How The Market Is Affecting Deal Processes, Outlook

Lance Bonner on how changes in the market are affecting the company's approach to M&A.

May 2, 2024

Transparency, Relationships Are Key For Buyers In This Market

Long Road Partners' Jeremy Kane on the importance of relationships in today's M&A deals.

May 2, 2024

The A, B, C's Of Today's Market

Edgewater Capital's Bob Girton on how market conditions are affecting how buyers approach the market.

April 25, 2024

Navigating The Post-Sale Transition As A Buyer

Black Lake Capital's Charles Scripps on what changes, and what doesn't, after a private equity acquisition.

April 25, 2024

Changing Times In M&A Require Buyer Adjustments

Permanent Equity's Taylor Hall on the challenges and opportunities in today's M&A market.

April 25, 2024

How To Unlock Value and Create Excitement For Investors

CollisionRight's Richard Harrison on the importance of generating investor excitement when executing a roll-up strategy.

April 25, 2024

Common Acquisition Pitfalls And How To Avoid Them

ID Images Jeffrey Fielkow on some of the pitfalls that can trip up acquisitions, and how to avoid them

April 18, 2024

Higher Multiples Requires Greater Buyer Scrutiny

MERK Capital Corp.'s Thomas Parro on how today's economic conditions are affecting buyers' approach to deals

April 4, 2024

The Rising Importance Of People In Driving Business Value In A Deal

SolomonEdwardsGroup's Laura Kellers Queen on the rising importance of people in driving business value in a deal.

March 27, 2024

Nuances Of Buying Mom-And-Pop Businesses

G&G Garbage's Michael Desmond on funding deals and the opportunities, and challenges, of buying small companies.

March 14, 2024

To Close Deals, Get Personal

LUXIT Group's Stephane Vedie on the impact relationships can have in M&A

March 14, 2024

Deal Math: Quantifying Culture, Predicting Lifespan

Crown Capital's Christopher Graham on the unexpected ways math can measure deal risk

March 7, 2024

For Bliffert Lumber, People Are Central To A Deal

Bliffert Lumber's Eli Bliffert on the role a target's people play in a deal

February 21, 2024

Determining The Right Capital Structure To Finance Acquisitions

TD Williamson's Cris Gaut on financing deals and determining the right capital structure as the company moves through its lifecycle.

February 15, 2024

How Market Shifts Are Impacting PE Fundraising

Sidereal Capital Group Jabbar Abdi on the state of PE fundraising.

February 9, 2024

Capital Costs And The Impact On Dealmaking

Monarch Collective's Suk Shah on capital options today and the effect on M&A

January 25, 2024

The Nuances Of Buying Small Companies

Chesapeake Chemlab's Tim Krongard on the challenges, and opportunities, when buying smaller companies.

January 11, 2024

When It Comes To Assessing Culture, Listen To Your Gut

HB Global's Bob Whalen on the critical importance of culture in a deal and how to assess it.

December 15, 2023

For Perforce Software, Deal Speed Is Critical

Perforce Software's Mark Ties on his company's approach to M&A and why speed is crucial to deal success.

December 7, 2023

Tackling The People Part Of Deals

Borgman Capital's Megan Brobson on communication strategies for buyers and sellers involved in an M&A process.

December 7, 2023

Buyers, Take It One Deal At A Time

Stellex Capital Management's Shankar Kiru on the importance of approaching deals on a case-by-case basis.

December 1, 2023

Why Deals Fall Apart + Reason For Caution With Earn Outs

The Riverside Company's Cheryl Strom on why most deals fall apart, as well as why sellers should use caution when earn outs are part of a deal.

September 1, 2023

When Buying, Understand The Seller’s Post-Close Intentions

John Dolan, President and CEO of PFI InStore, has been part of many exits and acquisitions. From that experience, he says he’s learned many lessons, a number of which focus on the human capital side

September 1, 2023

Buyers’ Industry Knowledge Can Help Land The Best Deal

Dr. Nithin Krishna is a board licensed psychiatrist and serial mental health entrepreneur who formerly led as CEO the multimillion dollar Bloom Health Centers. Krishna acquired Psych Associates of

August 25, 2023

From Sell To Sell And Buy

General Die Casters has been in business since 1957 making high-pressure aluminum die castings of parts for everything from automobiles to chainsaws. About a year ago, CEO Brian Lennon says the

August 18, 2023

Shaun Stimpson On Buying A Business And Becoming An Operator

Shaun Stimpson left a nearly 20-year career in wealth management to launch North Iron Holdings. The purpose of North Iron was to be a vehicle to acquire an industrial distribution company. After an

August 18, 2023

Columbus Deal Activity: Navigating M&A deal structures in a tightened debt market

As interest rates and borrowing costs move in parallel, buyers are faced with the challenge of navigating increasing costs of debt to finance acquisitions, especially in deals where the seller has

August 18, 2023

Value Creation Starts Day 1

RTC Partners Partner Tony Brindisi says he thinks of value creation from a growth perspective. "Whenever we're approaching an acquisition, we try to take a full, holistic account of the value that can

August 4, 2023

To Maximize Value, Prepare

David Nicholson, Vice Chairman of Polyconcept North America has, over 15 years, gone through three private equity buyouts of the business and has done multiple strategic acquisitions within the

July 21, 2023

If You Swing In This Market, Don't Miss

Omar Jorge's family started Compare Foods Supermarkets in 1989. The international grocer is focused on importing products from Latin America, offering patrons products they usually can't get out of a

July 7, 2023

The Importance Of Connections In Dealmaking

OMNI Systems, founded 33 years ago out of the CEO's garage, is now a $100 million company. "So, we know a bit about growth," said David Campbell, OMNI's CFO, at the Cleveland Smart Business Dealmakers

June 29, 2023

In This Economy, Buyers Must Look Deeper

Given the volatility in today's Market, Emily Martin, president of Aschinger Electric - A Guarantee Electrical Company, says both buyers and sellers are facing economic pressures that are impacting

June 23, 2023

Culture Takes Priority Post Acquisition

In this choppy economic environment, Jody Richards, CEO of Process Technology says she's seen some order cancellations and some order push-outs. And while some would say semiconductors are supposedly

June 16, 2023

Buyers: Learn To Be Great Listeners

One lesson Milton Kuyers, CEO of Faustel Inc. and Kuyers LLC, has learned through the 65 acquisitions he's personally been a part of throughout his career is that if you don't grow, your business will

May 5, 2023

Facing Economic Headwinds, Deal Math Changes

Several area dealmakers chimed in on how they see the current market; how buyers, sellers and entrepreneurs are faring; and their expectations for how the remainder of the deal year plays out. Check out what they have to say.

May 5, 2023

Protecting The Value Of 2021 Deals In A Much Different Market

Aon's Jessica Harger on issues buyers are facing after a year of fast-paced deals.

May 5, 2023

How Communication Breakdowns Can Kill Deals

CE Consulting Group's Gary Cerrone spoke during the Smart Business Dealmakers Conference about a deal that almost didn't get done in part because of a communication breakdown.

April 26, 2023

What TRG's Sean Kennedy Learned Making Two Foreign Acquisitions

TRG's Sean Kennedy on the company's growth, the differences between its domestic and international acquisitions, as well as the process of integrating teams that come from much different cultures.

April 6, 2023

Hugh Slater on Buying, Building And Selling EGC Enterprises

Slater Capital Managing Partner Hugh Slater on buying, building and growing EGC Enterprises.

March 31, 2023

Facing Headwinds, Buyers and Sellers Need To Be Patient

Norwest Equity Partners' Adam Garcia Eveloff, Aon's Vipul Patel, Wealth Enhancement Group's Jim Cahn and NJK Holding Corporation Florida's Rhonda Donahoe on navigating evolving deal terms and pitfalls in buy-side deals.

March 24, 2023

Viewing Risk Deal By Deal

U.S. Venture Inc. Associate General Counsel Jennifer Schwitzer on mitigating deal risk.

March 3, 2023

Overcome Buy-Side Arrogance, Or Risk Overpaying

Atlas Holdings Partner Ramzi Hermiz and Lorient Capital Vice President Doug Shinkle on de-risking a deal from the buy-side.

February 10, 2023

Sanjay Singh On The Critical 100 Days Post-Acquisition

Sanjay Singh, before he was chairman and CEO of Mace Security International, lead a business in the acquisition of a lower-middle-market manufacturing company that was a fierce competitor. That made post-deal integration a challenge.

January 27, 2023

DealTalk: Blue Point Capital’s Acquisition of Water Lilies

Blue Point Capital has a lot of experience in the food and beverage space, so it was natural that the Cleveland-based PE firm would jump at the chance to acquire Water Lilies, a 27-year-old private label manufacturer of premium frozen Asian-inspired food.

January 27, 2023

The Shift In Diligence From Risk to Reward

West Monroe Senior Partner Keith Campbell is a co-author of the report, The Future of Diligence in Private Equity, which highlights survey findings from 100 U.S. PE companies to explore the shifts in diligence approach that move away from identifying risk to identifying opportunity. That shift is happening in part because of unique market factors. Campbell says 80 percent or more of diligence used to be on site pre-COVID.

January 6, 2023

Trust But Verify Is An Important M&A Lesson To Learn

Eliassen Group CEO David MacKeen on what he's learned as a buyer and how he's applied that the company's acquisition process moving forward.

December 16, 2022

The Importance To Buyers Of High Probability Of Close

Mereo Capital Partners Co-Founder Leo Helmers on the indicators of a high probability to close and why those matter to buyers.

December 1, 2022

Flexibility Has Advantages In Deal Negotiations

Brian Gale, Tucker Ellis' Jayne Juvan and Blue Point Capital's Chip Chaikin, share advice on how flexibility can win deals over price.

December 1, 2022

To Win The Deal, Get Creative

Hartwood Point's Ben Rizzo, Continuim Equity Partners’ George Pilafas and RDX/Navisite’s Buddy Flerl on best practices in winning the deal.

December 1, 2022

Michael Schreiber On Launching Playfly Sports

Playfly Sports Founder and CEO Michael Schreiber on launching Playfly, making acquisitions as well as advice for those leading disruptive forces into the market.

November 18, 2022

Understand Why Before You Buy

EPIC Systems CEO Michael Higgins on the elements of a deal to consider beyond price.

November 11, 2022

Stay-At-Home Moms Take The Pressure Off Park Place Technologies' M&A Processes

Park Place Technologies Kelly Greene on how she's developed her M&A process during the years.

October 28, 2022

Economic Conditions Drive Buyer Creativity

Ouroboros Group General Partner Samantha Ory on buyer-seller alignment, her firm’s growth from independent sponsor into its first fund, and how the current economic conditions are affecting the M&A landscape.

October 21, 2022

Refine Your Growth Strategy

Wolf Organization's Joe Person, Guardian Capital Partners' Peter Haabestad, RKL's Bryan Redding and JPMorgan Chase's Lisa Kopff, share their keys to developing and unlocking an acquisition plan that works.

October 14, 2022

How Jordan Hansell Is Applying Past Experiences To Lead Tradepost

Tradepost's Jordan Hansell on launching and growing TradePost, how his experience is shaping his approach in the new venture, as well as a series of recent investments he's made in the real estate space, a sector he says is poised for disruption.

October 14, 2022

When Acquiring an ESOP, Get ESOP Expert Help

Warren Equity Partners' Michael Ouyang on the process his firm takes when targeting companies that have an ESOP ownership structure.

September 30, 2022

Lessons learned from the supply chain turmoil

LFM Capital's Stephen Cook his view of the situation in middle-market manufacturing and how the firm is dealing with the economic pressures in that sector.

September 9, 2022

Family Business Succession is a Slow, Steady Process

The L’Herbier family was at a crossroads six years ago. The owners of Air Duct Maintenance, Kevin and Debbie L’Herbier, were looking to retire and had to decide what to do with the company they started back in 1996. They approached their children, Dan and Lauren L’Herbier, to see if they had interest in taking over leadership. After a brief period, the siblings decided to begin the succession process. It didn’t go as quickly as everyone had hoped, however.

September 9, 2022

Accelerating growth through private equity

Schill Grounds Management's Jerry Schill on the company's deal with Argonne and how it will help accelerate the business's growth.

August 19, 2022

Jonathan Kasen, Gordon Scott on buying Hilliards Chocolates

As investors, Gordon Scott and Jonathan Kasen were comfortable analyzing businesses. But to prepare to acquire a company, they went to textbooks.

July 29, 2022

Distinguish yourself in a deal

Tecum Capital's Stephen Gurgovits, Citizens M&A Advisory's David Dunstan, Matthews International Corp.'s Richard Beard and Aon's Bill Coleman on building a successful acquisition engine.

July 29, 2022

When to leave leadership behind

Carestream Health's David Westgate, Madison Dearborn Partners' Michael Nettesheim Executive Search Partners' Nick Curran and N2 Advantage Law's Timothy Nettesheim on how to know what you're buying.

July 22, 2022

Price Taker vs. Price Maker and the effect on value

BMO Harris Bank's John Chalus and Tecum Capital's Matt Harnett on the economic factors that are affecting deals and how buyers and sellers can adjust.

July 22, 2022

How Relationships Brought Abatemaster and Plumb Line Capital Together

Plumb Line Capital's Matt Lindberg and Abatemaster's Jeff Chilton on the acquisition, growing a former family-operated business, and how relationships have played a role in every aspect of the deal.

July 14, 2022

Making Deals with Unprepared Participants

Charlie Saponaro, CEO, Medical Record Associates, is a long-standing veteran of the Boston M&A world, with more than 30 deals to his credit. In several of those transactions, Saponaro had to make it happen even though the sellers were not quite as sophisticated in the common practices of the M&A world.

June 29, 2022

Relationships, communication smooth MedPilot, Vytalize deal

Vytalize Health's Kevin Murphy and Matt Buder Shapiro on the deal, how it came to be and where the combined companies go from here.

June 17, 2022

Overcoming Great Day's Early Challenges Hinged On The Team

Blue Olive Partners Executive Chairman Ed Weinfurtner on building the family of Great Day brands.

June 10, 2022

How Reps & Warranties Is Increasing Deal Efficiency

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis' Tyson Bickley, LFM Capital's Chris Lin, Resource Label Group's Hunter Rost and LBMC's Brian Marynowitz on how to evolve your buy-side strategies in 2022 and beyond, and key mistakes you can avoid.

June 10, 2022

How labor challenges are affecting M&A

Calaway Habeck Talent Consulting's Jaynanne Calaway-Habeck, Denim Social's Douglas Wilber, CliftonLarsonAllen's Adrian Nohr, PFI Holding Co.'s John Dolan and BMO Harris' Robert Harrod on the factors impacting today's M&A transactions.

June 10, 2022

Edovo Divests to Improve Mission Focus

Edovo CEO Brian Hill on his venture, its recent acquisition and raising capital.

June 10, 2022

Franklin Foster on Essex Bay Capital's Launch

Essex Bay Capital Co-founder Franklin Foster talks about launching Essex Bay Capital and the investments the company has made so far.

June 2, 2022

Listening is key to uncovering overlooked opportunities

George J. Howe Co.'s Len Caric on why creating win-wins is critical for the acquisition process.

May 19, 2022

The rise of cyber diligence

Aon Risk Services' William Shortt, along with Ice Miller's Reena Bajowala, Guaranteed Rate's Darin Hurd, Chicago Bears' Justin Stahl and Aon Risk Services Che Bhatia, on the rising importance of cyber diligence in M&A transactions.

May 11, 2022

Macro issues change the M&A math

Little Mountain Industries' Jonathan Hatch on the lower-middle-market manufacturing scene and how broader macro issues are affecting the deal math for firms such as his.

May 11, 2022

For Stu Clark, Acquisitions Are All About The Team

Premise Health's Stu Clark on his acquisition philosophy, what he looks for in teams and cultures, and his post-deal integration process.

May 11, 2022

Compass Earns Multiple Returns in Less than a Year

Compass Group Equity Partners goes into every investment with a 100-day plan. They’re ready and prepared to move quickly, which they did when they purchased Sunpro Solar in 2020. Compass’ playbook includes augmenting the team and building a board deck with metrics and key performance indicators and having a written strategic plan. John Huhn, founder and managing partner of Compass Group Equity Partners, talks about how that plan enabled Compass Group sell Sunpro with multiple returns in less than a year.

May 6, 2022

Family Values Play Role in Acquisition

When A.O. Smith bought Canada's Giant Factories in the middle of the pandemic,  it was the end of a decade-long process.

May 6, 2022

Tips on buying distressed assets

General Management Group's Emmett McNulty on what to keep in mind when buying distressed companies.

May 6, 2022

Airline Hydraulics Corp. stays in its acquisitional lane

Airline Hydraulics Corp.'s Mark Steffens talks about the company's acquisition strategy.

April 28, 2022

Using partnerships to set up an acquisition

Hickory Farms CEO Diane Pearse talks about the company's recent acquisitions, broadening its brand and how the Wicked Good Cupcakes deal came to be.

April 22, 2022

An acquisition based on shared interests, approach

Gibson Brand President Cesar Gueikian talks about the Mesa/Boogie acquisition, as well as the direction of the Gibson brand and the many ways it's working to connect with its community.

April 14, 2022

Akoya Capital Finds Success With New Platform

Akoya Capital's Bob May talks about the formation of Beacon, its acquisitions, and how macro challenges such as labor are affecting the platform's progress.

April 8, 2022

M&A Human Capital Strategies

Aquila Equity Partners' Gary Lewis, along with Purple Squirrel Advisors' Carrie Schochet, Lockton Companies' Quinn Damon, Mission Veterinary Partners' Matthew Davis, Industrial Opportunity Partners' Philip Fioravante talk about lessons learned and best practices from growing portfolio companies in a labor-challenged environment.

April 1, 2022

Perimeter Manages Merger in Virtual World

Edward Goldberg, CEO of Perimeter Solutions, talks about securing $1.15 billion of development capital and, concurrently, merging with EverArc Holdings.

March 25, 2022

Don't lose yourself chasing a deal

RLXDatix's Jeff Surges, Entrinsic Bioscience's Stephen Gatto and Aon's Nick Surges talk about leveraging M&A, and the role of IP in value, in a hot deal market.

March 24, 2022

Athletico PT's Mark Kaufman on M&A lessons learned

Athletico PT Founder and Executive Chairman Mark Kaufman talks about the M&A lessons he's learned in his more than 30 years with the company.

March 11, 2022

Win The Deal Without Winning On Price

Coles Gray CEO David Cheney, along with Tucker Ellis' Jayne Juvan, Ampex Brands Family of Companies' Eric Easton, and Citizens' David Dunstan and James Irwin, talk about what truly differentiates winning buy-side transactions beyond the price.

March 4, 2022

Derek Nixon Talks Varel Energy Solutions' Sale to Bluewater Group

Varel Energy Solutions' Derek Nixon talks about the company's acquisition and how the deal sets it up to be the acquirer for years to come.

February 25, 2022

Ansir Junaid: Serial entrepreneur’s M&A lessons learned

SupplySide Group Chairman Ansir Junaid offers insights into his M&A experience and how the pandemic has affected dealmaking.

February 25, 2022

Paul Larson highlights real estate trends investors should watch in 2022

Larson Financial Holdings CEO Paul Larson talks about his company's 2021 in real estate, the trends that affected the market then, and how he sees real estate investment playing out in 2022.

February 25, 2022

How to address SALT in your deals

Clearview Group's Brian Davis, along with Calvert Street Capital Partners' Brian Guerin, Nemphos Braue LLC's George Nemphos, The Courtney Group's Alan Macksey and ICSG Holdings & Incorp Industries' Peter Vrettakos, spoke at last year's Baltimore Smart Business Dealmakers Conference about addressing SALT issues in deals, the current buy-side environment and best practices for closing acquisitions.

February 18, 2022

The material impact of ESG on M&A

Ancora's David Sowerby, MASCO's John Sznewajs and Cendrowski Corporate Advisors' Harry Cendrowski, talk about ESG, the M&A landscape, where corporations and private investors have made the biggest changes, and what to expect next.

February 18, 2022

The value and risk of relationships

BCD CEO Jeff Burgess, along with BMO Harris' John Chalus, BDO Consulting's Robert Berdanier and Tecum Capital's Matt Harnett, discuss the nuances of selling and buying a company, and how to conduct due diligence and successfully negotiate deal terms in this new normal.

February 18, 2022

The growing concern of cyber security in deals

Moore & Van Allen's Todd Taylor, along with Aon's Michael Laskowitz, Greg Draddy and C.J. Dietzman, explore cyber security in M&A: asking the right questions, protecting data and IP, and making sure your company is ready for dealmaking.

February 4, 2022

Swift, seamless integration a priority in high-volume deal environment

Amedisys' Kris Novak, along with Probo Medical's Jay Burkhardt, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP's Tyson Bickley and LBMC's Lisa Nix, take a deep dive into how a public company and a PE-backed business have adapted their acquisition strategies in this new normal.

January 27, 2022

Stephen Vitale finds opportunity in chaos

Pyrotecnico's Stephen Vitale talk about his busy M&A year, one that saw the company acquire five businesses.

January 14, 2022

How to diligence the human side of a transaction

RSM US LLP Ian O'Brien, Thunderbird LLC's Phil Kretekos and Wintrust's Adam Fuchs talk about the human side of buy-side transactions.