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The Evolving M&A Landscape

June 13, 2024
Hotel Cleveland (formerly Renaissance Cleveland Hotel)

How high rates, political uncertainty and the rise of AI impact dealmaking.

NOTE: Attorneys who attend are eligible for 4.0 general CLE credits.

Experience Dealmakers

The Smart Business Dealmakers Conference, formerly known as ASPIRE, connects hundreds of Northeast Ohio business leaders — from middle-market CEOs to top investors and lenders to leading M&A advisers.

With sessions ranging from raising capital to buying and selling companies to planning for liquidity events, our conference covers the breadth of the M&A landscape.

To experience Dealmakers, take a look at this brief overview video to hear what people had to say about the content, speakers and participants.

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Presented By

First National Bank

Hosted By

Smart Business

Supporting Sponsors

BNY Mellon
CM Wealth
Cohen & Company
Copper Run Capital LLC
Elevo Advisors, LLC
Gridiron Capital
Hightower Advisors, LLC
Fairport Wealth
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
McCarthy Lebit Crystal Liffman Co., LPA
MelCap Partners, LLC
National Christian Charitable Foundation
Northwest Bank
Pease Bell CPAs
Riveron Consulting, LLC
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Tucker Ellis
Hotel Cleveland

Specialty Sponsors

Cascade Partners
Charles Schwab & Co.
First Federal of Lakewood
Lockton Companies
McDonald Hopkins LLC
Return on Life Wealth Partners
Royce Security

Patron Sponsors

Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC
Chief Outsiders
Consumers Bank
Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO Real Estate
DGP Capital
M7 Holdings LLC
UB Greensfelder

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