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How to Quickly Estimate the Value of a Private Business

How to Quickly Estimate the Value of a Private Business
“What is the value of my business?” This is a common question asked by business owners for estate planning or retirement purposes since, in many cases, most of their wealth is tied up in their business. The definitive means of establishing a company’s true value requires soliciting bids from qualified buyers. However, short of putting your company up for sale,… read more →

Creating Value In A Maturing Private Equity Market

Creating Value In A Maturing Private Equity Market
As the private equity industry has matured, massive capital inflows and the proliferation of industry professionals has created competition across all segments of the marketplace. As in any industry, over time this competition has diminished both expected and actual returns on capital deployed. The era where astute financial engineering alone is sufficient to generate superior returns is over. Indeed, competition… read more →

GOING BACK TO SCHOOL

GOING BACK TO SCHOOL
After a 20-year hiatus from the classroom, I recently had the opportunity to reconnect with my most influential professor from graduate school, Dr. Allen Michel. Dr. Michel, an internationally recognized expert on mergers & acquisition related matters and a professor at Boston University Graduate School of Management, asked me to speak to his graduate students on "what leads to a… read more →

Keeping Deals On Track

Keeping Deals On Track
Four years ago, I joined the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors® (AM&AA), a trade organization bringing together investment bankers, private equity professionals, CPAs, attorneys and other corporate financial advisors for educational and networking purposes. This past month, AM&AA held its Summer Conference in Chicago which included over 400 M&A professionals discussing various topics ranging from valuation and leverage trends to the… read more →

For A Random Walk Down Main Street

For A Random Walk Down Main Street
"Beware of geeks carrying calculators" ~Warren Buffet Most finance majors at MBA programs during the 1980's, were introduced to Modern Portfolio Theory. We were taught about efficient markets and introduced to the Random Walk notion that stock prices in the public markets were efficient and factored in all available information such that their purchase or sale represented a zero net… read more →
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