2014 M&A Worldwide Convention

Hosted by Active M&A Experts GmbH, M&A Worldwide held its 21st convention in Düsseldorf, Germany October 23-25, 2014. Forty-eight members from five continents participated and new members from the Netherlands and Belgium were elected. Cooperation between members is growing and through the third quarter, 2014, five deals in which at least two members were involved… Read more »

“Cautious Optimism” and Crossed Fingers Characterize End-of-Year Predictions

In the U.S., The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) increased 0.9 percent in October following a 0.7 percent increase in September, and no change in August. According to Conference Board economists, “The LEI suggests the U.S. expansion continues to be strong… the upward trend in the LEI points to continued economic growth through the… Read more »

Market Update: Year-to-Date U.S. Mergers & Acquisitions Market

As of August, the trailing 12-month M&A deal volumes for the entire U.S. market have steadily increased. However, the aggregate deal values associated with these transactions have increased at an even higher rate over this same period, as can be seen in Figure 1 below. The increase in valuation metrics and deal volumes within the… Read more »

Shazam! The World Still Turns Post-Alibaba

For US companies and investors, the September 19th IPO of Chinese technology conglomerate Alibaba truly is a “big ****ing deal,” to paraphrase Joe Biden. It also is the culmination of a behind-the-scenes battle of the exchanges, with the New York Stock Exchange victorious—delivering millions of dollars in fees to brokers, bankers, and attorneys. An added… Read more »

Knowing When To Fold ‘Em

If you’re a Baby Boomer, you remember well hearing Kenny Rogers’ iconic hit, The Gambler. If you’re like me, you’ve often wondered how Kenny’s advice might be applied to important business and investment decisions. If you’re a business owner who has survived our generation’s version of the Great Depression, you need good counsel now more than ever.

Screening for Prevention of Prostate Cancer

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and the penis. The prostate, along with the seminal vesicles, produces semen, which contains and nourishes sperm and is transported through and out of the urethra during ejaculation. This article focuses on what men can do to diagnose prostate cancer in its earliest stages. Six… Read more »

Pedal to the Metal: Consolidation in 2014

Sixteen years ago, after David Roberts and his partner, Matthew Ohrnstein, founded Caliber Collision, he wrote a series of industry articles that were presciently accurate. His subject then? “Shop Consolidation: Is It Inevitable?” His answer was an emphatic “Yes.” Over a period of 8 years as Caliber’s Chairman, Roberts helped lead the initial capital raises and the acquisition of its first 37 shops. Now a leading investment banker in the Automotive Services industry with FOCUS Investment Banking, Roberts has a unique 20-year perspective on the industry. With the dramatic growth of the large consolidators as well as many regional and local MSOs, we asked Roberts to update our audience on consolidation developments, their impact on the industry and how consolidation continues to evolve.

How to Manage BYOD in a GRC World

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been a catalyst for a new IT revolution. CNET TechRepublic’s BYOD Business Strategy Survey reveals that 62 percent of companies either allow Bring Your Own Device, or plan to by the end of 2013. However, the prospect of employees using their personal mobile devices to access corporate resources might… Read more »

Use Data Masking as a GRC Solution

Data masking, sometimes called de-identification, obfuscation, or redaction, is data security technology that is an ideal fit into an overall Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) strategy. It’s an economical method for creating an inauthentic but structurally similar version of business data for use in user training or software testing, thus reducing risk. The data… Read more »