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Keeping M&A Deals on Track: Managing the Killers

Deal killers. They come in all shapes, sizes and varieties with different reasons, justifications and rationalizations. They can emanate from the buyer, the seller or any number of third parties — lenders, investors, key customers or suppliers, professional advisors — or all of the above. In the article below, Andrew J. Sherman, Esq., presents a… Read more »

Plan for the Unexpected

For many, if not most entrepreneurs, life is hectic, demanding and fast paced. Indeed, for most executives, the inbox is always full, leaving very little time for personal matters such as estate planning. Yet, if the executive fails to take the time to plan for disability or death and luck runs against him, this same… Read more »

The Biggest Sale of His Life: How One Small Business Owner Persevered and Sold His Company

A privately held services company shouldn’t overlook the possibility of selling or merging with a larger player to obtain liquidity and maximize shareholder value.

Even in difficult economic times, it’s still possible to find precisely the right buyer for your company, according to George M. Shea, a FOCUS Partner, who shares an instructive sales experience in a new article, “The Biggest Sale of His Life: How One Small Business Owner Persevered and Sold His Company.”

Obtaining and Maximizing Bank Debt

Successful companies spend a great deal of time and effort developing and nurturing customer and key supplier relationships. Unfortunately, many of these same companies don’t take the same approach to developing positive relationships with their bankers/lenders. Building a strong relationship with a lender is a critical element in the success of any company. Lenders, like… Read more »

Strategic and Business Planning: Tap Into Winning Expertise in Defining Strategic Direction and Developing Effective Short-Term Operating Plans

Strategic planning services assist clients in developing a detailed strategic direction for the enterprise over a three to five year period. A strategic plan typically begins with an assessment of the client’s external situation. This assessment includes a market assessment analysis, a competitive evaluation, a technology assessment, a supplier market assessment, and a look at… Read more »

Planning: A Necessity for Business Owners

Denial, procrastination and daily distractions all conspire to prevent business owners from completing the personal planning that is an absolutely vital component of a successful business. Business owners also need to plan for a liquidity event. If an owner becomes incapacitated, a plan must be in place that will allow the business to continue functioning… Read more »

Alternative Financing: Four Routes to Raising Capital Today

Despite the current turmoil in the venture capital sector, top caliber companies still attract outside capital, although at far more “realistic” valuations than previously, coupled with more stringent market-driven terms and conditions. Expanding upon the issues raised by the Panel, the article below compares the pluses and minuses of a variety of alternative sources of funding… Read more »

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures: Benefit from a Strong Focus Track Record of Sell-Side and Buy-Side Transactions

Focus Enterprises’ industry expertise, research capabilities and highly developed network of contacts provide a solid base for initiating transactions, as well as for identifying and evaluating potential sellers, buyers and partners. Our Partners help clients restructure their businesses and assist clients in developing realistic corporate development, acquisition, merger or divestiture plans. Since these activities are… Read more »

Twelve Value Drivers Help Ensure Success in Today’s Tough M&A Environment: PART 2

FOREWORD: At Focus Enterprises, we believe excellent opportunities exist for buyers and sellers alike who apply certain disciplines in today’s depressed merger and acquisition climate. Marshall Graham, founder and Chairman of Focus Enterprises, Inc. has written a comprehensive definition of twelve proven value components or “Value Drivers” that, when applied rigorously, can mean the difference… Read more »