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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Answers to Questions from Middle Market C-Suite Executives: Part 2

This week Mirus partner Andrew Crain is answering questions from C-suite executives of middle market companies about investment bankers’ role advising private business owners.  Here is Part Two of the Q&A: Question:  What are the biggest mistakes a middle market company makes in engaging in its first acquistion? Underestimating the importance of company culture is […]

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Answers to Questions from Middle Market C-Suite Executives: Part 1

This week Mirus partner Andrew Crain is answering questions from C-suite executives of middle market companies about investment bankers’ role advising private business owners: Question:  Ideally, how long before a business is put on the market should an investment banker be involved? What are the risks to involving a banker too early? That’s a great […]

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Achieving an Exceptional Multiple in the Sale of Your Company – Part 3

While the Internal Valuation drivers are the foundation for any solid company, the external elements are the multipliers of a deal.  While the Internal elements are “required” and can move the needle on a deal toward the higher end of normal, it is these elements that really create exceptional results.  Timing, Scarcity Value, Industry Dynamics […]

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

4 ways to maintain confidentiality when selling a business

Many business owners we work with when selling a company express deep concerns about maintaining the confidentiality of the M&A process:  “If my competitors learn that my business is for sale, they’ll tell their sales force and all my customers will know.” This is a concern with which I’m painfully familiar.When selling my family’s fifth-generation […]

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Small Business Investment Incentives – US vs. UK

As reported in the Angel Capital Association news-letter last week, The House passed the “Tax Increase Prevention Act” (TIPA) that amongst other things would exclude 100% of capital gains on the stock of small businesses acquired in 2014 and held for more than five years.  It also eliminates the gain as an Alternative Minimum Tax […]

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Entrepreneur’s Path – It is All About Perspective

Foreshorten: to shorten by proportionately contracting in the direction of depth so that an illusion of projection or extension in space is obtained. I recently had the opportunity to reconnect with a former colleague who is an executive with Intrinsic Therapeutics, an “early stage” medical device company, with a very clever technology.  It is early […]

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Marketing Services Companies Fly Off The Shelf

2014 is shaping up to be another banner year for M&A in the marketing services sector, on track for nearly 300 transactions to be completed. So what gets a company a premium value in this sector? Strong brand and market reputation Your brand and market reputation could be for a specific service offering, or with […]

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Is Corporate Venture Capital a part of your Financing Strategy?

Corporate venture capital is hot…really hot. U.S. funding levels spiked in Q2 2014 to nearly $1.2 billion and public tech companies are sitting on massive cash balances.  These companies are looking to parley their huge cash positions into new growth opportunities through their own venture groups in order to try and keep up with the accelerating […]