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Cassel Salpeter & Co. and its leadership team are routinely contacted by the news media to comment on investment banking, M&A and general trends affecting middle-market businesses.
James Cassel has hired hundreds of people to work at the various companies he has helped start and run over the past four decades. Still, after all that time, the lawyer and investment banker says knowing when to staff up remains one of the hardest parts of being an entrepreneur.
After January 2018 racked up the most deal volume by dollar amount ever, February could see a bit of a respite as firms looking to list wait for enormous market swings to settle.
So far this year, there have been two major deals in the spirits industry: Bacardi Ltd.’s acquisition of Patrón Spirits International AG, and Pernod Ricard SA’s purchase of the remainder of Avión Spirits LLC, both hip-hop- approved tequila brands.
While many hope the new tax bill will stimulate the economy and bring faster GDP growth, we must consider whether it will indeed benefit us to speed growth from where we are today, or to experience a longer period of extended slower growth.
Imagine: You hire a new employee but after a few weeks, you realize you made a bad choice. What to do? Whether the problem is competence or chemistry, or anything else in between, the best advice is to be decisive and act — fast.
A bullish outlook on the financial sector encouraged more banks to go public this year. A number of banks were eager to take advantage of investor optimism after last year’s presidential election.
In light of the devastation following the recent hurricanes, it is important to evaluate what happened in Puerto Rico, Texas and even Miami, and consider how our middle-market businesses would have fared if a major hurricane, like Irma or Harvey, had been a direct hit on South Florida.
Without a doubt, companies need a diverse workforce to reflect the population that defines the United States and makes us strong. As discussed in my last column, while most middle-market business owners recognize the importance of a diverse workforce, many still struggle to find the right strategy for recruiting and retaining the right team members.
Florida may still be rebuilding after the devastation of Hurricane Irma in September, but there are plenty of reasons to believe that private-equity investing will keep its footing.
Private-equity firms in southern Florida and the Houston area likely have a renewed appreciation for the Boy Scouts of America motto, “Be Prepared.”
The flow of private equity deals in Florida slowed down in Q2 2017 on a year- over year basis, according to a recent report by the investment banking firm Miami-based Cassel Salpeter & Co.
As Stephen R. Covey famously said, “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” While most middle-market business owners recognize the importance of having a diverse workforce, many are still struggling to find the right strategy for creating the right team.
As unemployment continues to drop, how can you attract and retain the quality employees you need for continued operations and growth? Already, middle-market business owners are complaining of challenges finding skilled people — ranging from top brass to rank and file. Without them, growth slows.
Last month, I wrote about the virtues of taking a gap year or a gap period. However, I recognize that not everybody might be able to do that right away or while still working. So, this month I am writing about the second-best option: taking a real vacation — i.e., time off.
Although private-equity firms have money to spend, the well-performing public markets and desire to exercise price discipline may be keeping them from splurging on take-private technology deals.
Avery Dennison Corp. has taken a step into new territory with its acquisition last month of Finesse Medical Ltd., an Ireland based manufacturer of wound and skincare products.
So, you’ve sold your business. What should you do next? Take a gap year! While most people associate gap years (also known as “bridge years”) as a break between high school and college or between graduating college and entering the “real world,” gap years should not be reserved exclusively for young adults.
Restaurant franchisor PizzaRev Inc. has been acquired by an investment firm headed by a former McDonald’s Corp. executive. The Westlake Village pizza chain on May 22 announced that Cleveland Avenue, led by one time McDonald’s chief executive Don Thompson, had purchased a majority stake in the company.
No matter where you stand on political issues, it is important to recognize that the current administration’s actions and proposed deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants and reduction of available visas will have serious, unintended negative consequences for our economy and possibly your business.
By James S. Cassel It can happen to any business owner at any time: something goes wrong. Very wrong. How do you survive and move on? The steps you take to address problems can create new dynamics that leave you in a better or worse position. Time is never your friend, so prompt, decisive action […]