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Transactions are event driven. Deals move at a pace and have a steady beat. M&A has pulse . . . . Timing is key. Information is power. Decisions have consequences. Follow the M&A Pulse and be prepared to execute.

N. Mercurio,
Principal in Business Law and Transactions Practice Group, Offit Kurman

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M&A News Feed

Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok

A deal would give the software company a popular social-media service and relieve U.S. government pressure on the Chinese owner of the video-sharing app.

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5 Tips for private equity firms eyeing add-on deals in the pandemic

Here’s an M&A buyer’s guide to: independent valuations, financial due diligence, tax planning, on-the-ground support and post-acquisition accounting.

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M&A wrap: TA, FP, Edifecs, California Pizza Kitchen, Riverside, Zebra, OEP, Core Industrial, WindRose

TA and FP back healthcare technology company Edifecs. California Pizza Kitchen becomes the latest restaurant chain to file for bankruptcy during the pandemic. More PE news from Riverside, OEP, Core Industrial and WindRose.

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California Pizza Kitchen latest chain to file for bankruptcy

Pizza Hut franchisee’s NPC International Inc., the holding company of Chuck E. Cheese CEC Entertainment Inc. and the U.S. arm of Le Pain Quotidien have sought bankruptcy protection since the pandemic started.

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A $158 billion CLO bet is putting the insurance industry at risk

Insurers have become the biggest U.S. investors in the market, topping banks and hedge funds to amass a third of all domestic holdings.

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Why OnDeck is being sold on the cheap

The pioneering online lender had long struggled to live up to the hype that drove its early growth, even before the pandemic pushed it to the brink.

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BC Partners seals $3.4 billion buyout of Italy machine firm IMA

Private equity firms have been struggling to pull off major take-private deals in 2020 even after the coronavirus pandemic hammered stock prices.

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Blank check firm led by ‘Moneyball’ maestro Billy Beane files for IPO

The special purpose acquisition company, backed by RedBird Capital Partners, will pursue an acquisition in the sports, media and analytics sectors, with a focus on professional sports franchises.

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Private equity firms quietly return to debt funded payouts

Private equity-owned companies are again raising debt to pay their owners dividends, just as warnings sound about saddling businesses with more leverage in the midst of a downturn.

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Billion dollar deals see private credit step out of the shadows

Lenders estimate that over the next five years, some 10 percent of new U.S. leveraged corporate loans could end up happening in the private market, a major shift from a year or two ago when large private deals were rare.

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How buyers are turning to data about consumer spending patterns

KKR’s investment in Slice; Uber’s acquisition of Postmates; and Lululemon’s purchase of Mirror are some recent notable examples of companies that completed deals during the pandemic.

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M&A wrap: AstraZeneca, Daiichi, Black Knight, Optimal Blue, Berkshire, CrossFit, Middle Market Information

AstraZeneca buys Japanese drugmaker to boost cancer research. Black Knight purchases Optimal Blue from GTCR. Berkshire backs CrossFit owner. Middle Market Information buys Mergers & Acquisitions from Arizent.

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AstraZeneca pays Daiichi up to $6 billion for new cancer drug

AstraZeneca is forging ahead to become a global oncology powerhouse, even as it works on a vaccine for the coronavirus pandemic.

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Why investors need to consider pharmaceutical manufacturing services

The coronavirus has accelerated the U.S. dependence on overseas manufacturing for finished dose products, as well as the active pharmaceutical ingredients necessary to produce life-saving medications.

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Bankrupt Brooks Brothers gets rescue takeover bid

Sparc Group, which is backed by Barneys New York owner Authentic and mall landlord Simon, agreed to a $305 million bid in a court-supervised auction for Brooks Brothers’ global business operations.

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M&A wrap: Middle Market Information, Mergers & Acquisitions, Ann Taylor, Unilever, KPS, Incline, IOP, Shamrock

Middle Market information buys Mergers & Acquisitions Arizent. Retailer Ann Taylor goes bankrupt. Ben & Jerry’s maker Unilever is seeking acquisitions. PE news from KPS, Incline and IOP. Entertainment-focused Shamrock raises new fund.

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Ann Taylor parent goes bankrupt, plans to shut over 1,000 stores

Retailers, many already struggling with competition from online shopping, have been among the hardest hit by Covid-19. Lockdowns drained revenue, helping to tip companies including J.C. Penney Co., J. Crew Group Inc. and Neiman Marcus Group Inc. into bankruptcy.

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Unilever CEO signals M&A appetite, as hand sanitizers help sales

The maker of Magnum bars and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream has still been looking for purchases over the past six months, according to CEO Alan Jope.

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Coronavirus has produced an outdoor sports boom that will spur M&A

The pandemic is leading sports enthusiasts to rediscover the appeal of outdoor activities such as golf, cycling, hiking and fishing, to draw interest from both private and strategic buyers.

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Ann Taylor parent seeks new loan, board as it nears bankruptcy

The retailer is closing in on a restructuring plan that would also let creditors install new board members.

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What's Market

Middle Market businesses adapt their strategy in response to COVID-19

We have surveyed business owners and operators for insight as to how they are making adjustments to their operational and capital strategies during these times of uncertainty. We have compiled the data and summarized key insights into the attached report for you to review.

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Venture Capitalists Pour $6 Million Into Infection-Prevention Startup Kinnos

MEDA Angels’ portfolio company Kinnos closes a $6 Million Series A and is helping to combat coronavirus with shipments of its proprietary Highlights product to…

Private Equity

Private equity is an alternative investment class and consists of capital that is not listed on a public exchange. Private equity is composed of…

M&T Investment Banking Group – Government Contracting Review

4th Quarter 2019 Government Contracting review.

Infographic: The Sell Side M&A Attorney Team

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are a team sport. It takes multiple people to successfully close a business transaction: the business owner or owners, the buyer, each side’s accountants, and advisors, and multiple attorneys working together.

A 20/20 Look at 2020 M&A Trends

Economists from the government and the private sector predict a slowdown in the country’s unprecedented, decade-long economic growth.

Venture Returns Outperform Public Markets

If your goal is to add investment opportunities that have both high return potential and strong diversification characteristics, historical data from Cambridge Associates (CA) shows that top-quartile venture capital has outperformed the S&P by ~2x over the last 5-, 10-, 15-, and 25-year periods.

M&A Infographic: High Multiples for Government Contractors Who Sell Now

Own a government contracting business? Right now may be the perfect time to sell.

Don’t Use an M&A Attorney for an Investment Banker’s Job

Most people will never experience a merger, acquisition, or other business transaction firsthand. Of those business owners who do…

In M&A, a Seller’s Greatest Asset Is Their Engagement in the Deal

Every business owner understands the importance of employee engagement. Keep your team motivated and energized, and you’ll…

Why Are the Fees to Sell a Business So High? It’s a Matter of Expectations

“How much will it cost to sell my business?” It seems like a reasonable enough question—and a business owner is wise to plan…

KippsDeSanto’s DealView — Top 10 M&A Deals of the Quarter

KippsDeSanto & Co., an investment banking firm focused on serving growth-oriented Aerospace / Defense, Government Services and Technology companies, would like to share…

Capital Market Outlook (PDF)

Capital Market Outlook from our Chief Investment Office delivers a balanced mix of macroeconomic insights and global market views, with in-depth analysis from the CIO’s …


Where everybody no longer knows your name By Christopher Helmrath

The immensely popular television sitcom “Cheers” from yesteryear had an iconic theme song that relates to what is transpiring today in mergers, acquisitions, and investments for middle-market companies here in the mid-Atlantic states and across the country.


What the tight labor market means for family-owned businesses By Christopher Helmrath

While it will always be true that what’s good for the goose (male) is good for the gander (female), it is not always true that what’s good for the macroeconomy.

In the Market to Buy a Company? By Christopher Helmrath

Know Why You’re Buying and What You’re Getting

Aronson Capital Partners’ Summer 2019 Market Pulse

Aronson Capital Partners (“ACP”) is a leading M&A and financial advisor to aerospace, defense, government services, and technology firms with domain expertise…

INSIGHT: Four Indicators the M&A Window Is Closing and Tips to Take Advantage

Mergers and acquisitions in the Mid-Atlantic area appear to be slowing down, and human behavior patterns can be why. Offit Kurman attorney Michael Mercurio takes a look at reasons for the pause and offers best practices for businesses considering a merger and taking advantage of this period.

Infographic: The State of the M&A Market in 2019

“What’s market?” Two words, a world of assumptions, fears, hopes, and expectations. The question of …

Digital at the Speed of Private Equity

Digital transformation is fundamentally altering the way most industries do business. And in the sky-high valuation…

Deal Flow

Houlihan Lokey Advises Precinmac Precision Machining

Houlihan Lokey is pleased to announce that Precinmac Precision Machining (Precinmac), a portfolio company of GenNx360 Capital Partners, has been acquired by an investor group consisting of Pine Island Capital Partners, LLC…

Not Sure if Your Company Is Ready to Sell? Consider the PAEI Model

For most business owners, the chance to sell your enterprise is a  once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Bengur Bryan Co-Advises PF Growth Partners on an Equity Recapitalization and Debt Financing

On July 11, 2019, Bengur Bryan completed a $96 million equity recapitalization by Alaris Royalty Corp. and arrangement of…

About to Sell Your Business? Don’t Schedule Vacation Yet

With summer ending in but a few short weeks, it seems like everyone has vacation on their mind. If you’re not getting ready to leave, you’re probably…

Top Tips From Those Who’ve Been There

No matter how elegant the financial model, spreadsheets can only take you so far. Want to learn what it really takes to be a stand-out in the cut-throat world of investment banking?


The ABCs of selling your business By Christopher Helmrath

Business owners considering the sale of their privately held companies might want to bone up on their ABCs

Be realistic when selling a family business By Christopher Helmrath

There’s a famous saying that if you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed. Famous?

Your Business Is Probably Not Like Fine Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon, hard cheese, a cast iron skillet, your favorite pair of jeans, The Princess Bride…

Every M&A Transaction Is a “Big Deal”

It’s been a busy year. Over the past 12 months, the attorneys of Offit Kurman’s…

From the Field to the M&A Negotiating Table, Every Successful Team Shares The Same Dynamics

They say there’s no “I” in “team.” Tellingly, for the parties in merger or acquisition, it’s also impossible…

Prepping the Deal

Do You Know–Really Know–What Your Business Is Worth?

If you think you know the true financial worth of your company, a formal business valuation might change your mind.

Michael Mercurio Contributes Chapter on Selling Businesses in Finding Your Edge: Success Secrets from Top 16 Business Thinkers

Offit Kurman attorney Michael N. Mercurio, a leading legal advisor in the field of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), has contributed a chapter in…

Eye-opening report on maximizing your wealth when you sell your business

The goal of many successful entrepreneurs is to sell their companies for top dollar…

How To Sell Your Business – New E-Book

Harvest Business Advisors has years of experience and has completed hundreds of successful business transactions…

Selling Your Company: Will You Choose a Financial or Strategic Buyer?

If you decide to sell your business, you’ll likely encounter two main types of buyers: financial and strategic. Each type…

For family businesses, the family dinner table is no longer enough By Christopher Helmrath

Family businesses are often conceived and formulated around the family dinner table, literally or figuratively.

M&A Market Opportunity: Why the Best Possible Time to Sell Your Business May Be Right Now [Infographic]

The current mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market is giving many business owners a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…

M&A Sellers: To Maximize the Deal, Manage Your Expectations

Whether you’re running a lemonade stand or listing your home, the most useful trait you can cultivate…

Four Indicators the Current M&A Window May Be Closing

After a meteoric year of dealmaking, the Mid-Atlantic mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market may…

Closing The Deal

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Enterprise Information Services, LLC on its sale to Cognosante, LLC

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Enterprise Information Services, LLC (“EIS” or the “Company”), to Cognosante, LLC (“Cognosante”). Founded in 1994 and based in Vienna, VA, EIS provides cybersecurity, biometrics, application development, cloud migration, and other IT services to various U.S. Federal Defense, Intelligence, and Civilian government agencies.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises InCadence Strategic Solutions on its sale to Xator Corporation

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, InCadence Strategic Solutions (“InCadence” or the “Company”), to Xator Corporation (“Xator”). Established in 2009 and headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, InCadence provides customers with cutting-edge biometrics / identity management, intelligence operations, information management / data solutions, and tactical communications products, tools, and technology enabled…

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises TeraThink on its Sale to CGI, Inc

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, TeraThink Corporation  (“TeraThink” or the “Company”), to CGI, Inc. (“CGI”). Headquartered in Reston, VA, TeraThink is a purpose-built digital transformation, ERP implementation, and technology solutions provider specializing in automation, agile development, enterprise application technologies, data analytics, optimization, and cloud computing…


SC&H Capital Advises Glow Networks on its Acquisition by Altruist Technologies

SC&H Capital, a leading investment bank specializing in M&A advisory for middle-market companies, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Glow Networks, Inc., a subsidiary of CSS Corp, by Altruist Technologies Private Limited.  Read more HERE.

Houlihan Lokey Advises RSA Engineered Products

Headquartered in Simi Valley, California, RSA is a leading manufacturer of critical aerospace components including high-pressure…

Houlihan Lokey Advises PulseR

PulseR designs and manufactures ruggedized magnetic solutions for use in demanding military, commercial aerospace, space, and high-performance industrial…

SC&H Capital Advises Centretek Solutions on the Divestiture of its Digital Strategy Division to SPM Marketing & Communications

SC&H Capital, a leading investment bank specializing in M&A advisory for middle market companies, is pleased to announce it served as the exclusive financial advisor to Centretek Solutions, LLC on..

Janney Advises Advanced Technical Solutions on its Sale to New Era Technology

Janney Montgomery Scott LLC (“Janney”) is pleased to announce that it has served as the exclusive financial advisor to Advanced Technical Solutions LLC (“ATS”), a leading…

Houlihan Lokey Advises Top Aces

Founded in 2000, Top Aces is a leading global defense contractor offering contracted airborne training services to the U.S., Canadian, German, and…

10 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Exiting Your Business

We have had the pleasure of serving multiple entrepreneurs and business owners over the years at my firm, Glassman Wealth. Business owners often face…

Houlihan Lokey Advises E.I.S. Aircraft Products and Services

Based in Germany, E.I.S. APS is a leading manufacturer of highly engineered, lightweight aircraft interior systems, components, and solutions for the aviation…

KippsDeSanto’s DealView — Top 10 M&A Deals of the Quarter

KippsDeSanto & Co., an investment banking firm focused on serving growth-oriented Aerospace / Defense, Government Services and Technology companies, would like to share its thoughts on the “Top 10 M&A Deals of the Quarter” for the period ended December 31, 2019.

Patriot Capital Supports Coltala Holdings, LLC’s Acquisition of Trudela Holdings, LLC

Patriot Capital is pleased to announce a new subordinated debt and equity co-investment alongside Coltala Holdings, LLC (“Coltala”) in Trüdela Holdings, LLC (“Trüdela” or “the Company”).

LFM Capital Adds New Portfolio Company: J&E Precision Tool

LFM Capital, a private equity firm focused on lower middle market manufacturing and industrial services businesses, announced today that it has invested in a new portfolio company, J&E Precision Tool (“J&E”).

Houlihan Lokey Advises Quantum Spatial

Houlihan Lokey is pleased to announce that Quantum Spatial, Inc. (QSI), a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners (Arlington), has been acquired by NV5 Global, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVEE) for $318 million.

Houlihan Lokey Advises OMNITEC Solutions

Houlihan Lokey is pleased to announce that OMNITEC Solutions, Inc. (OMNITEC) has been acquired by Gryphon Technologies, LC (Gryphon).

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Kforce, Inc. on its sale of TraumaFX Solutions to Tactical Medical Solutions, a portfolio company of Guardian Capital Partners

TFX is a leading developer, designer, and manufacturer of proprietary medical simulators that improve human and K9 survivability following trauma…

Houlihan Lokey Advises Nobles Worldwide

Houlihan Lokey is pleased to announce that Nobles Worldwide, Inc. (Nobles), a portfolio company of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP), has been acquired by…

Chesapeake Corporate Advisors Serves as Exclusive Financial Advisor to Washington & West, LLC in Sale to Revint Solutions, LLC

Baltimore, MD – October 15, 2019 – Chesapeake Corporate Advisors (“CCA”) is pleased to announce that it has served as exclusive financial advisor to…

Houlihan Lokey Advises TransDigm

Houlihan Lokey is pleased to announce that TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG) has sold its Esterline Interface Technologies (EIT) group of businesses to…

Dissecting The Deal

Lean how the twists and turns of recent M&A deals could affect you and your business

Dan Doran, Founder of Quantive

Offit Kurman’s Mike Mercurio sits down with Quantive Founder, Dan Doran, to discuss the lower-middle M&A market as it begins to emerge out of COVID-19….

Greg Hogan, SC&H Capital Managing Director

What is the state of the current M&A market? How are buyers evaluating deals? What new risk mitigation strategies are being worked into terms and structures? Mike Mercurio sits down with SC&H Capital Managing Director, Greg Hogan, to discuss buying, selling, and what to expect in a post-pandemic M&A market. View the video below for…

KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Chemring Group PLC on the Sale of Chemring Ordnance, Inc. to Nammo Defence Systems Inc.

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce that it has advised on the sale of Chemring Ordnance, Inc. (“COR” or the “Company”), a subsidiary of CHG Group, Inc., to Nammo Defence Systems Inc.  The transaction expands Nammo’s customer access, while helping our client, Chemring Group PLC (LSE:CHG), pursue its strategic portfolio shaping initiatives.


Intersect 2020: Where M&A Meets Opportunity

Whether you are on the buy or sell side, this is a premiere, must-attend event for the M&A industry.Registration is open and early bird are available until February 21. Get in on the action now before this deal is gone. See you in Chicago.

ACG Maryland Deal Forum 2020

Plan now to join us at the ACG Maryland  Deal Forum event on May 27- 28, 2020!

Mike Mercurio Wins 2019 Lawyer Monthly Legal Award in Recognition of Recent M&A Accomplishments

Offit Kurman attorney Michael N. Mercurio has been named among the winners of the Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2019, in the category of “Mergers and Acquisitions USA.”…

Cybersecurity – Separating Hype From Opportunity

This cybersecurity event will give attendees the opportunity to listen to, learn from, and interact with practitioners…

2019 Symposium Series Part Three: Value Optimization and Pre-Transition Planning Tactics

Closely-held businesses represent a significant portion of the U.S. economy. Based on ownership demographics, it is estimated that…

Ways Your Business Can Thrive In a Down Economy

An engaging panel discussion to identify how to position your business to thrive in a down economy…

Partial Liquidity Strategies for the Lower Middle Market – Open Networking

A recent survey by PWC and the Family Firm Institute finds that more family businesses are exploring partial liquidity options.  On one hand, prices …


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