M&A Forum will help prepare business owners prepare to buy or sell

Event will focus on acquisition, preparing businesses for sale and what comes next

Many business owners did not pull the trigger on selling their companies at the peak of the market, when their firms held the maximum value in early 2008. Then the Great Recession hit, causing multiples to nosedive and diminishing the value of their companies.

As the economy rebounds, another window of opportunity will open up for business owners seeking to grow through a strategic acquisition or to plot an exit strategy to sell their companies.

BizTimes Media will present its “M&A Forum: Buy? Sell? Hold?” on Thursday, March 11, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. The event is designed to help business owners identify ways to build their business through acquisition or to help them prepare for an eventual sale.

The keynote speaker will be Mark Herndon, president of Dallas-based Parkwood Advisors LLC, a financial services firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions, investment banking and private equity financing. Herndon is co-author of “The Complete Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions: Process Tools to Support M&A Integration at Every Level.”

Several breakout sessions will follow Herndon’s keynote presentation. The breakout sessions will be designed to help business owners and their advisors develop plans and strategies for an acquisition, prepare a company for an eventual sale or craft strategies to invest a windfall realized once a business sale is complete.

The cost to attend the event is $75 per person and $600 for a table of eight. For information or to reserve a spot, visit www.biztimes.com/maforum.


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