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Mid-Market M&A Report: Deal Environment for Sellers

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The Deal Environment for Sellers

North America has seen a dip in deal activity this year, with volume and valuations down. How can sellers cope with the vagaries of the current M&A environment? We asked four experienced mid-market dealmakers to weigh in.

As volatility continues on world markets in mid-2016, North American mid-market M&A has hit a downturn. In the first five months of the year, the value of mid-market deals in the region sunk 10% year-over-year to US$56.9bn, while volume fell even more sharply, to 655 deals from 896. After several years in which sellers could dictate terms, it has become a buyer’s market in many sectors. And yet, selling opportunities will continue to arise. The question for sellers is: How can a company best position itself for sale in this environment?

In our expert round table, four top dealmakers detail the key steps business owners should take to optimize value. They also describe approaches for handling activist shareholders; the advantages of strategic vs. private equity buyers; and the qualities in a buyer that sellers should focus on most.

In the end, valuation is king when it comes time to sell. But achieving that optimal deal value – and closing the deal quickly – require a well-informed plan of attack.

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