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When Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini testified before congress last fall arguing the case for merging with rival U.S.-based health insurer Humana, he singled out cultural fit as a key component of the merger. “Mergers and acquisitions are not just about efficiencies...
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Firmex and Mergermarket's recent quarterly report on mid-market M&A focused on the valuation gap between buyers and sellers. At first glance, a valuation gap seems perfectly natural – buyers want to avoid overpaying for a company and sellers, of course, want...
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This year, the public markets have been off to a shaky start: The month of January saw the S&P 500, Nasdaq 100 and DJIA fall off over 5%. This poor performance is expected to have a chilling effect on this year’s...
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View and download graphs in Shide Share Data security threats are becoming a larger and larger concern for businesses and their advisers, especially in the M&A and deal making space, but there's a lack of clarity on how...
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At the end of each year, Goldman Sachs compiles their favorite charts from their Thematic Research team and publishes them. These charts often capture interesting trends outside the more conventional research trends, covering topics that range from caloric consumption by gender...

2015 was quite a year – from a meltdown in oil to a Greek (near) tragedy to interest rate liftoff, quiet moments were a rare thing. With most of it in the rear-view mirror, our sights turn to what 2016 will...

Last week, Firmex and Mergermarket released the 2016 Outlook edition of their quarterly newsletter on North American mid-market M&A. It featured a commentary piece by Tom Stewart, the Executive Director of the National Center for the Middle Market. Here is his...
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Debt makes the business world go round – from lines of credit to bank loans to bonds, companies can accomplish more today by borrowing against tomorrow. It is, however, a double-edged sword; while generally boasting a lower cost of capital from...

Much has been made of the recent pullback in emerging markets, and with good reason. Many of the regions that powered global growth through the Great Recession with great gusto have struggled to make headway amidst a host of issues, while...

These people aren’t your friends – they’re your colleagues. It’s a mantra worth repeating over and over from the moment you lace up those “completely appropriate for a work party” dancing shoes and head out to celebrate another year of averted...