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Why Tax Reform May Lift Middle Market M&A to New Heights in 2018!

It’s just possible the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is poised to have an even greater impact than U.S. legislators initially envisioned. In addition to spurring job growth and driving wages higher, the new tax code has provisions that potentially will not only boost middle market investment, but also jump start deal making across …

FOCUS on Success in 2018

FOCUS on Success in 2018

In 2017, FOCUS delivered remarkable results as detailed in the new FOCUS report, “Breaking Records & Building Volume,” published in early January. Now—for myriad solid reasons—we’re confident U.S. M&A again will deliver robust, even record-breaking results in 2018.

The M&A outlook for 2018 is positive, and a new survey, “Market Spotlight: 2018 Outlook,” released by …

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Breaking Records & Building Volume – Celebrating Robust Growth in 2017!

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In 2017, FOCUS closed deals leaped forward by a whopping 64 percent, and, frankly, I’m thrilled and extremely proud of our achievement!

Twenty-three closed deals demonstrate the solid expertise of FOCUS both in the spectrum of sectors engaged as well as in the variety of strategic services success- fully deployed.

Looking …

BREAKING RECORDS & BUILDING VOLUME – Celebrating Robust Growth in 2017!

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In 2017, FOCUS closed deals leaped forward by a whopping 64 percent, and, frankly, I’m thrilled and extremely proud of our achievement!

Twenty-three closed deals demonstrate the solid expertise of FOCUS both in the spectrum of sectors engaged as well as in the variety of strategic services successfully deployed.

Looking ahead to a prosperous 2018, …

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NEW RULES—Part II: How Distribution is Changing Who Gets What and How They Get It*

We are entering the distributive era—as well as an evolving phase for the international economy. According to an October 2017 McKinsey Quarterly report. “A new era brings new rules and realities… what will be the economic and social realities of this new era where distribution is paramount?” What can we reasonably expect?

In this new …

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NEW RULES—Part I: How Distribution is Changing Who Gets What and How They Get It*

A quiet revolution is bringing about a new economic era which fundamentally will change business as we know it—at the same time creating rich, new opportunities if we’re smart. Credit a succession of technologies including the Internet, big data, robotics, the cloud, machine learning, and artificial intelligence with bringing us to this point. According to …

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Made in America: The 33 Cent Chinese Arkansas T-Shirt

Recently my colleague Marco Chan shared an extraordinary story that puts a new slant on the public discussion about robotics, China, outsourcing and the future of jobs.  According to this Bloomberg Business Week story,  a Chinese manufacturer, Tianyuan Garments Co., is investing $20 million to open a plant in Little Rock that will utilize robots developed by a Georgia company, Software Automation, to manufacture T-Shirts at a cost of 33 cents per shirt.  Each SEWBOT™ workline is capable of spitting out a T-Shirt every 26 seconds.  Human workers don’t stand a chance against such competition, no matter how low a wage rate they are willing to accept.
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Best First Half M&A in 10 Years!

Middle market momentum continues! Thomson Reuters reports 5,260 middle-market deals were completed during the period, representing a 12 percent increase over the first six months of 2016. Plus, it marks the strongest first six months of the year since pre-recession 2007.

“Activity was fueled by: confidence in the overall economy, including a widely-held expectation of lower taxes and fewer regulations in the future; underlying conditions favorable to M&A…

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Mid-Year M&A 2017: Remarkably Resilient

Mostly, the news is excellent. Stock market indexes are reaching record highs, corporate earnings are trending upward, global markets remain strong, and an active M&A market continues.

The U.S. economy is outpacing most other developed markets, remaining remarkably resilient and positive in reaction to a variety of political outlooks, policy agendas, and geopolitical fears. From …

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Is Industry 4.0 the New Dotcom Boom?

Like the internet before it, the automation boom is gaining steam as costs come down and the technologies become more approachable for the average business. Here are just a few of the rapidly advancing technologies that have primed the coming explosion in automation.