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Following a slow start at the beginning of 2016, the US M&A market demonstrated its resilience. Uncertainty around some high-profile broken deals, the UK’s Brexit vote, and the US Presidential election has washed out of the market and the outlook for 2017 is positive.

These four broad factors are likely to set the tone for M&A activity in 2017. While dealmaking ended 2016 on a high note, to continue, certain key factors need to be in place, according to a new report, “Building Momentum: US M&A,”

The latest issue of the FOCUS Government, Aerospace, and Defense Group Report — highlighting aerospace and defense — is now available. The new GAD Report includes:

  • Major Q1 2017 Deals in the GAD Sector— STG Group, Inc. Acquisition of Preferred Systems Solutions, Inc.; GE Aviation Acquisition of Critical Technologies, Inc. (AirVault); and The KEYW Corporation Acquisition of Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. …

The FOCUS Healthcare and Life Sciences Group brings readers key insights into the healthcare and life sciences investment market from the point of view of FOCUS partners and senior advisors. The new FOCUS Healthcare and Life Sciences Report includes:

  • America’s 2017 Healthcare Economy: “A Year of Opportunity and Uncertainty;” Eight Ways to Improve Healthcare Deploying Three New Technologies—Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, and Virtual Reality (VR); and How a Decade of Healthcare Trends Evolved: 2017 vs. 2007

M&A activity continues to remain strong within the broad technology sector according to the FOCUS IT Team. This new Report includes:

  • IT Market Analysis—Performance: S&P 500 vs. IT

The FOCUS Telecom Business Services Index (TBSI) enjoyed a solid gain of 7.5% in our spring reporting period. This outperformed the 5.5% gain in the S&P 500 but lagged the 9.8% increase in the NASDAQ. This was the fifth straight reporting period that saw the TBSI in positive territory.

The Communications Service Provider Index (CSPI) dipped into the red for our spring reporting period with a three-month loss of 1.0%. This significantly trailed the 5.5% gain in the S&P 500 and the 9.8% gain in the NASDAQ over the corresponding time period. This period’s underperformance also moves the CSPI behind the broader indices for the full year period.

Hey M&A Bankers, Trump Won

According to Bloomberg on March 29, 2017, “A year ago, a Donald Trump presidency didn’t appear all that likely. So it felt almost as if Wall Street’s dealmakers were speaking of an extreme–perhaps even amusing–hypothetical when they picked the ‘Art of the Deal’ author last March as the best candidate for mergers and acquisitions…

Operating nationally and internationally, FOCUS currently is working with buy- and sell-side corporate clients, private equity groups, holding companies, and late stage venture capital firms in 24 areas:

We have executed dozens of transactions in a range of market segments, but the same fundamentals apply across all of them. Our on-going transaction process provides us with up-to-the-minute market knowledge in these sectors that may be of corporate development interest to you.

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Founded in 1982 in Washington, D.C., FOCUS Investment Banking, LLC provides a range of investment bank services tailored to the needs of middle market businesses and their executives. Today, we are a national firm serving clients from offices in major cities across the United States. FOCUS specializes in serving business units with revenue or transaction sizes between $5 and $300 million, serving entrepreneurs, corporate owners, and various types of investors. FOCUS clients include large corporations and private equity firms that engage the firm for middle market transactions.

FOCUS has achieved a very high close rate on accepted buy side, sell side, and corporate finance mandates because of the unique resources, processes, and perspective that we bring to middle market investment banking. FOCUS has developed a systematic, research driven, open, and proven transaction process. It is the driving force of our firm and distinguishes us from other investment banks serving the middle market.

With extensive investment banking transaction experiences and a group of seasoned operating and financial executives, our firm provides a unique value proposition. We bring a strong operating perspective, a wealth of practical experience, and a proven research and transaction process to our middle market clients. Our knowledgeable resources include seasoned partners, managing directors, principals, senior advisors, research staff, internal databases of national and international contacts, and deal experience in a range of industry sectors.