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What Makes a Company a Likely Acquisition Target?

October 16, 2017

A fascinating report has been published by Intralinks who, in conjunction with Cass Business School in London examined 23 years of data from almost 34,000 companies worldwide to identify the factors that make companies attractive M&A targets. Whilst worth reading the full report, it concludes with a summary of six vital signs business owners should […]

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M&A Meat Processing Sector – Ireland

October 13, 2017

In spite of the uncertainty surrounding the meat processing sector in Ireland, M&A activity involving participants within the sector has continued apace in 2017, with the conclusion of some notable deals. Now, whilst there is a whole host of reasons underpinning this M&A activity, a number of common themes are evident, with the continued push […]

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People-Centred Data: A Crucial Tool in M&A

October 10, 2017

Of all the obstacles inherent in the M&A process, something that’s often overlooked is ‘the people factor’ – that’s to say, understanding, planning and correctly valuing the HR and employment side of a business, as well as company culture – an aspect that’s crucial when two companies come together. A 2016 survey by KPMG showed […]

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The ‘Urge to Merge’ is Alive and Kicking Globally – With a Trend towards Smaller Deals

September 29, 2017

In a much-talked-about piece in the New York Times recently, Hernan Cristerna, Co-Head of Global M&A at JP Morgan Chase, diagnosed the global mergers and acquisitions market as alive and very much kicking – in spite of ongoing Brexit anxieties and considerable political uncertainty around the Trump administration. Cross-border European-US transactions have already increased by […]

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Rochester Electro-Medical to Advantage Medical Cables

September 26, 2017

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the sale of Rochester Electro-Medical, Inc to Advantage Medical Cables, a portfolio company of HealthEdge Investment Partners. The complementary nature of the acquisition is expected to enable both companies to build on their strengths and solid proprietary businesses, uniting the AMC, LifeSync and Rochester brands, to provide one of the […]

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Benchmark International Closes 14 US-based Deals in the first half of 2017

September 26, 2017

Following on last year’s impressive 26 closings, Benchmark International’s US offices represented sellers on 14 transactions in the first six months of 2017. This was due in no small part to a 30-day span in which Benchmark International closed ten deals globally, with six of those being for US-based sellers. Benchmark International’s US sellers were […]

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Cade & Associates Advertising, Inc Acquired by Eyeworks Advertising, Inc

September 26, 2017

Benchmark International has successfully facilitated the sale of Cade & Associates Advertising, Inc. to Eyeworks Advertising, Inc. Cade & Associates Advertising, Inc. is a full service advertising agency that focuses on creative design, production and account management of digital media, social media, and in-house video production services. Cade also offers a full slate of traditional […]

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Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions: A Beginner’s Guide to the Top Five Areas of Interest

September 26, 2017

Due diligence by potential buyers takes up a serious amount of time in any M&A process. Essentially, it’s designed to make sure the buyer knows exactly what it is that they’re buying – and in other cases, ‘reverse diligence’ helps the target company understand whether a potential buyer or merger partner is right for them. […]

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Benchmark International’s client, Command Partners merged with Enventys

September 26, 2017

In July 2016, Benchmark International’s client, Command Partners (a digital Marketing Firm) merged with Enventys (a Product Development Firm). These companies cater to helping entrepreneurs and startups locally and globally. Command Partners focuses on digital marketing for burgeoning companies using crowd funding and Enventys; expertise is in product design, engineering, manufacturing and fulfillment. The joint […]

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Benchmark International Opens Ireland Office

September 22, 2017

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that after an exciting year of growth, we are expanding our international reach to Ireland. The news comes after our recent announcement that Benchmark International will have a presence in South Africa, with the opening of our new Cape Town offices. Ireland has witnessed a staggering economic turnaround as […]

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Benchmark International Advises on the Sale of Furlong Business Solutions Limited to Volaris Group

September 19, 2017

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Furlong Business Solutions to Volaris Group. Furlong is a unique Management Information System provider in the UK, working with schools across the world. Whether you’re looking to improve access to data, consolidate many disparate systems or improve parental engagement, they can help. More than 285 schools […]

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Post-Brexit Benefits for Mergers and Acquisitions

September 14, 2017

Irrespective of the outcome and the eventual deal Britain strikes with the EU, there will be greater uncertainty for businesses in the near-term. So what and how will this affect the M&A sector? History shows us that turbulent times economically, politically and socially produce a short term drop in investment and a period of re-appraisal, […]

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The Five Most Common Seller Mistakes in M&A Deals

September 12, 2017

‘To err is human’, it’s said … but for sellers and buyers alike, the M&A process is surely not a good time to make mistakes. Here are the top five errors made by sellers in M&A deals according to Forbes magazine, and our take on each. 1.Not Anticipating the Time and Effort Involved The number […]

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What Do Major Mergers and Acquisitions Mean for Small Retailers?

August 23, 2017

It seems as though every other day, the headlines announce a new acquisition among major retailers. The giants in the industry are diversifying their products, sucking up more stock, and building mighty kingdoms that boutique and small business owners can’t even throw stones at. How can these smaller businesses possibly compete? First, take a look […]

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The Importance of Disclosure Schedules In Mergers & Acquisitions

August 18, 2017

Disclosure schedules are an integral part of any merger or acquisition (M&A) transaction. They contain information required by the acquisition agreement—typically a listing of important contracts, intellectual property, employee information, and other materials as well as exceptions or qualifications to the detailed representations and warranties of the selling company contained in the acquisition agreement. An […]

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Timing: A Critical Factor in M&A

August 09, 2017

Timing is, without doubt, one of the most critical factors in mergers and acquisitions; a recent report found that it is, in fact, the single most reliable predictor in terms of creating real shareholder value. But why is timing so crucial? Think Macro! Acquiring a company is a risk that’s ultimately taken based on the […]

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ROC Northwest Client Testimonial {Video}

August 07, 2017

ROC Northwest are a residential care, domiciliary care and educational care service provider for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, learning, physical disabilities and complex needs with associated challenging behaviour and young people with SEBD. Community inclusion and participation enhance and enrich young people’s lives both educationally and socially. ROC offer exceptional, individual quality environments […]

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To Sell or Not to Sell: The Top Four Reasons Entrepreneurs Choose to Sell

August 04, 2017

Entrepreneurs, by nature, are people who spend a considerable amount of time looking for the next opportunity. And for them, ‘the next opportunity’ often includes a suitable time to sell their company. But what, practically, are the most common reasons for sale? 1. Business Value vs Liquidity Getting hold of liquidity in your company is […]

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Out of Africa: How the M&A Market is Evolving South of the Sahara

July 26, 2017

Benchmark International has recently opened a new office in Cape Town, South Africa (see 3rd July blog post), headed up by Andre Bresler and Dustin Graham. This is an exciting development for Benchmark International, in a dynamic evolving market. South Africa is a core strategic market for any global M&A team, as the country is […]

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BRIAN L. DAVIS JOINS THE TEAM AT BENCHMARK INTERNATIONAL

July 19, 2017

Brian L. Davis recently joined Benchmark International as a Director on the Deal Origination Team, with a primary focus on Major Transactions across the United States. Mr. Davis will concentrate his efforts working with business owners and entrepreneurs to bring the breadth and experience of Benchmark International’s years of experience and unique ability to maximize […]

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