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Download the FOCUS Information Technology Group: Fall 2013 Report

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The latest issue of the FOCUS Information Technology Group Report features three articles examining various aspects of managing a business in a Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) regulatory world, including: Develop a GRC Framework by George M. Shea, Partner and Information Technology Team Leader, FOCUS Investment Banking LLC Use Data Masking as a GRC Solution… Read more »

JOBS Act and REG D Rule 506

In April 2012 the JOBS Act became law. The main purpose of the Act was to stimulate development of new businesses in order to create more jobs. As part of the stimulus plan the SEC was directed to develop rules that would make it easier for entrepreneurs to access capital in order to launch and… Read more »

Big Data

Big Data

Big Data is a phenomenon resulting from the vast amount of data created by individuals, machines, corporations, and government, driven by technology trends that include social media (Twitter, Facebook, blogs, Four Square, You-Tube, etc.), wireless technologies, enterprise applications, mobile devices, and sensors (GPS, RFID, medical devices, smart grid, manufacturing processes, etc.), most of which are… Read more »

Download the FOCUS white paper “The Future of Community Banking”

The Future of Community Banking

Recently, First Virginia Community Bank announced the acquisition of 1st Commonwealth Bank, a small de novo bank started in 2009. The transaction is pending regulatory approval and will be treated as stock-for-stock with value to book at about 97 percent. Why is this typical of the future? Over the next three to five years, this type… Read more »

The Economic Environment for Middle Market Mergers & Acquisitions 2010 to 2012 — Six Industries to Watch

The Economic Environment for Middle Market Mergers & Acquisitions 2010 to 2012 -- Six Industries to Watch

In 2010, global M&A activity increased for the first year since 2007. According to Mergermarket, the 2010 economic environment led to a worldwide increase in M&A transactions by 14 percent with the value of these transactions increasing 20 percent over 2009. For the same period, U.S. M&A transactions total value increased by 10 percent. Additionally,… Read more »

Positive Indicators Point to an Upbeat 2010 M&A Middle Market Forecast

Positive Indicators Point to an Upbeat 2010 M&A Middle Market Forecast

Despite an unprecedented worldwide economic meltdown, FOCUS’ middle market merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance business remained active in 2009. On average, the firm served over 40 clients in any given month, and closed 12 transactions during the year. At the beginning of a new year, it is useful to look back and assess what… Read more »

Your Corporate Development Strategy: Five Questions to Ask When Selecting an Investment Banking Partner

Your Corporate Development Strategy: Five Questions to Ask When Selecting an Investment Banking Partner

Most corporate executives fully understand the “strategic planning” process that projects the enterprise’s corporate objectives and initiatives over a five to seven year period. Many corporate management teams employ a strategic planning firm to facilitate the planning process which levels the playing field and results in the most objective and targeted strategic plan. Corporate owners… Read more »

Keys to Successful Buy Side M&A Transactions

Many investment bankers believe that buy side M&A transactions are more diffi cult than those on the sell side and that such projects have a substantially lower probability of closing. Therefore, they avoid these engagements altogether. While their concern is warranted in many situations, it arises from problems that, while understandable, can be addressed and… Read more »