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Important Deadlines

Ad Due December 10, 2021
Articles Due December 6, 2021
Ad Close November 29, 2021
Issue Date January 17, 2022

Editorial Topics to Consider:


  • Timing the exit process
  • Rise of independent sponsors 
  • Cultivating new deal opportunities in a virtual environment
  • Should I consider an ESOP as an exit option? 
  • Distressed M&A expectations for 2022 and beyond
  • Valuation trends and expectations for 2022 and why
  • Industries expected to outperform in the 2022 M&A market
  • Changes in the financing markets due to COVID-19 and the effects on deals
  • The COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on M&A
  • Lessons learned while closing deals in a virtual environment
  • M&A effects from COVID-19
  • M&A outlook post-COVID-19
  • Cybersecurity & M&A
  • Update on corporate gains tax proposals and their effect on M&A


  • General private equity trends
  • Growth and creativity in the private equity asset class
  • Conversation among portfolio company executives
  • Keeping management motivated and engaged through the exit process
  • Legal issues impacting private equity transactions
  • Venture capital trends and investor/company expectations


  • General family office trends 
  • Best practices for family office investing in private equity
  • Advice on how to compete in competitive M&A marketplace


  • Growth finance options for middle market firms
  • Process of raising debt and/or equity capital
  • Understanding working capital
  • The importance of cash flow forecasting


  • Strategies for growth
  • How to develop a culture of innovation
  • Policy issues impacting middle market businesses


  • How has diligence continued in the COVID-19 environment?
  • Improvements/techniques implemented by advisors to market businesses in the COVID-19 environment
  • Evaluating human capital during due diligence
  • Developing and tracking synergy and integration value
  • Cultural diligence and retention-focused integration methods
  • Deal security and information management practices
  • Dealing with your PPP loan in the sale of your business
  • Insights on data breaches and how they can play into representations and warranties in M&A deals
  • Preparing your business for a sale
  • Selling a business in the current high deal volume environment
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