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Dec 23, 2015

M&A Holiday Reading List

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Dear Clients and Friends: ‘Tis the season!  For many, this is a time to catch up with friends and family – and perhaps on a bit of reading.  In that spirit, the M&A team has complied a short list of what we are reading this holiday season. It’s an eclectic mix, with some intended to help us become more savvy leaders, some focused on  elevating our entrepreneurship skills, some teaching us something new about the world; and a few just for fun. Share your thoughts with us below and let us know if there’s a good read we should add…

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Nov 24, 2015

Why are the PE firms Winning? In a word, Patience.

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Last week we discussed the fact that how more and more often we see PE firms winning auctions – buying companies that once we would have expected to see go to strategic buyers. You can see the post here. Now let’s talk about one of the big reasons WHY. Sure PE firms have raised tons of money that they can spend on buying businesses. Sure ample financing is available for these transactions, at low interest rates. Sure PE firms are really in the full time M&A business and may be willing to take more risk. One reason that few talk…

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Nov 20, 2015

The Square IPO, Unicorns and Vanity Pricing

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So the Square IPO priced “below the last round.” That’s what the news media reported. In fact, one media story was headlined “Square Flops.” So was yesterday really a bad day for Square? Nope. It was a very very good day – for everyone involved, and much of the news media missed it. The Square IPO was good for the company because they were able to raise $243 million of much needed cash to keep growing; it was a good thing for employees because the IPO made their shares and stock options liquid (once their lock-up expires); it was a…

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Nov 18, 2015

November 2015 Enterprise Data & Analytics Market Update

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Not long ago, Harvard Business Review heralded data scientists as the sexiest job of the 21st century – talk about revenge of the nerds! But is this still the case? The linked report focuses on our sense of m&a values and activities in the Enterprise Data & Analytics sector. It’s our third report focused on this arena. We hope you find it useful. It’s an intriguing world. Click here for the report With the proliferation of connected devices, widespread adoption of social media, and the ability to accurately interpret unstructured data, businesses are increasingly turning to these data scientists and…

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