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CIT Cadence Demonstrates Little Patience for M&A Boosters, KPMG Signals Optimistic Outlook

  New York — Ask Jeff Kilrea, co-head of CIT’s Sponsor Finance operation, about the M&A market these days, and his answers ring out like a Dr Pepper theme song. Or let’s just say that he’s part of an original crowd. Kilrea refuses to adopt the familiar cadence of M&A boosters who seem to put out […]

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Camp Tax Proposal Casts a Blind Eye on Midsize “Pass-Through” Firms, Says McGladrey’s Susswein

  With the Camp tax proposal recently grabbing headlines and triggering renewed debate in Washington, Middle-Market Executive caught up with Don Susswein, a principal in the Washington Tax Office of McGladrey LLP, and asked him why midsize firms may come up short in the battle to reform corporate taxes. Note: According to Susswein, under the […]

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Lack of Volatility May Make 2014 a 2013 Deal Making Retread, Says BDO’s Duran

  Private equity deal flow is in for a slow year in 2014, according to BDO’s PErspective Private Equity Study released earlier this month. Middle-Market Executive recently caught up with Lee Duran, leader of the accounting house’s private equity practice, and asked about the study’s sluggish findings. MME: The findings suggest that deal makers will […]

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NY Dealmakers Ground M&A Optimism with Economic Debate

  Tarrytown, New York — New York–area dealmakers, who entered 2014 with an optimistic outlook about the U.S. economy, recently gave their upbeat sentiment a reality check when the New York chapter for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) convened an economic debate designed to unearth some elusive facts about the U.S. economy’s ebb and […]

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Dialing for Innovation: When NineSigma Is on the Line, Ohio’s Middle-Market Firms Are Incented to Listen

  Fifteen months after being awarded an Ohio state grant that subsidizes its efforts to engage middle-market firms (ranging between $10 million and $1 billion in annual sales) across the state and incent them to take on innovation challenges, NineSigma has nabbed 24 clients and become involved in innovation projects it expects to result in […]

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M&A Engine Revs Up as Economic Optimism Whets Middle Market’s Appetite for Growth

  New York — A new economic optimism appears to be sweeping the middle market as business leaders raise revenue forecasts and place M&A near the top of their 2014 growth agendas, according to a cluster of recently released studies. This upbeat tone among middle-market leaders is particularly evident among privately held businesses according to […]

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Lapsed Tax Provision Could Put Globally-Minded Midsize Firms on Q1 Diet, Says McGladrey’s Camacho

  The growing offshore ambitions of midsize firms could become quickly tempered inside the new year after Congress failed to act on the year-end extension of a tax provision designed to allow U.S. firms to transfer the earnings of one foreign subsidiary to another without triggering additional federal taxes. The provision’s extension, dubbed the CFC […]

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Industry’s Continental Divide: Where Small Business Ends and the Middle Market Begins

  It’s arguably the most highly debated line of demarcation in business today, but just what separates a small business from a middle-market one is more a mind-set than a revenue threshold. Or so Brendan Anderson explains. As cofounder and managing partner of Evolution Capital Partners, Anderson spends his days helping small business owners to navigate the […]

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Currency Blindness on the Rise as More Midmarket Firms Harbor Global Ambitions

  With more middle-market firms seeking to expand their sales overseas and finance teams leaner than ever, it shouldn’t be any surprise that more firms are experiencing currency hedging SNAFUs. Middle-Market Executive recently spoke with Guido Schulz, head of strategic management for AFEX, an FX solution provider, about why privately held middle-market firms may face […]

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Final Repair Regs Bring Some Holiday Cheer, But Don’t Expect Midmarket CFOs to be Jolly

  New York — Middle-market firms seeking to optimize their 2014 cash flows may have reason for some extra holiday cheer this season, compliments of the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department. The release earlier this fall of  final repair regulations  is expected  to help businesses better distinguish between currently deductible repair and maintenance expenses and expenditures […]

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