January 13, 2023
With SmartWitness, Business Liability Tool Turns Into $200M Return For Nick Merchef
By Dan Pender
Nick Mirchef and his son-in-law, Chris Pflanz, went through the trails and tribulations of early-stage capital raises with their company SmartWitness and found a big payday at the end of it all. Today, they’re offering others advice using their experience as a guide.
October 21, 2022
Begin With The End In Mind
MATH Venture Partners' Mert Hilmi Iseri and Mark Achler, along with UBS's James Jack and Michael R. Gatewood, share valuable personal lessons learned over several successful M&A exits.
August 11, 2022
When there's more than money to a deal
Orbus Past Chairman & Owner Simon Perutz on his former company's acquisition
July 29, 2022
When selling, get answers before the deal closes
Ten35's Sherman Wright on preparing to sell a business and the liquidity event that follows.
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.
June 17, 2022
How ITS Logistics' Scott Pruneau Proved His Company's Uniqueness
In the last quarter of 2020, ITS Logistics launched an almost entirely virtual sales process that ultimately ended with its acquisition by GHK Capital Partners in mid-2021. CEO Scott Pruneau says navigating the process without bringing anybody under the tent was a challenge.
May 26, 2022
Step back before answering every request for information
David Gollob, along with BKD's Thomas Murtagh, Orbus' Simon Perutz, and Levenfeld Pearlstein's David Solomon on how uncertain times have dramatically impacted how to understand the strategic goals of strategic and financial buyers, and what that means for sellers.
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
What to look for in an investor
Kanbrick Co-Founder Tracy Britt Cool on what to look for in an investor.
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.
October 15, 2021
Is ESG the next big thing for middle-market M&A?
Nick Fink and Amantia Muhedini, along with Michael Gatewood, discuss ESG and whether it's the next big thing for middle-market M&A
August 27, 2021
Creating a demand scenario through an auction
A discussion of companies’ sell-side prep and M&A options, including auctions, strategic buyers and risk mitigation.
June 30, 2021
Driving a successful sale
MADSKY and CodeBlue CEO Hunter Powell joins BMO’s Jennifer Johnson, CLA’s Adrian Nohr and IDEAL Industries’ Steve Henn, to talk about transaction preparedness during the Chicago Smart Business Dealmakers Conference.
December 11, 2020
Dean Zayed on how being a seller informed his approach to being a buyer
Brookstone Capital Management's Dean Zayed talks about both the AmeriLife and the FormulaFolios deals, and how one informed the other.
March 4, 2020
John Rowady: Why It’s OK To Be Selfish As You Consider Your Company’s Future
Selling your company is a big deal. It’s OK to put your own interests first in pursuit of your desired goals, says rEvolution’s John Rowady.
February 6, 2020
Dean Zayed: Ready To Deal, Not Ready To Walk
Dealmaking provides options. Darryl Ronconi and Dean Zayed found a way to sell a majority interest in Brookstone Capital Management and retain a strong voice in the company moving forward.
November 14, 2019
PwC’s Exit Strategies Report: When It’s Time To Sell, Make Sure You’re Ready
It’s OK if you’re not ready to sell now. Just be sure you’re ready when that time comes, say PwC’s Fentress Seagroves and Shari Forman.
September 20, 2019
Selling A Business Is All About Focus
Sun Acquisitions President Domenic Rinaldi talks about a seller whose lack of focus killed a deal, tips on identifying the right buyer and the problem with selling to a competitor.
August 2, 2019
Stuart Sorkin: No Secret Equation For Right Time To Exit
Stuart Sorkin talks about his journey rejuvenating Affy Tapple and the difficulty he faced making the decision to exit the business.
July 18, 2019
Gabriela Rodil: Best Practices For Selling Your Business
The experienced dealmaker talks about best practices when putting your company on the market and the keys to optimizing its value.