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The Role of Technology in Mergers and Acquisitions

The mergers and acquisitions process is typically a painstaking endeavor — and for good reason! If two companies are going to merge, they better know everything there is to know about each other. Historically, that “getting to know each other” routine has involved huge amounts of time-consuming labor: sifting through paperwork, performing due diligence, determining […]

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Why Timing is Critical in Mergers and Acquisitions

Timing can make a huge difference to the success or failure of a merger and acquisition (M&A) deal. For middle-market, sell-side companies looking to be acquired, understanding the intricacies of timing can make the difference between securing a favorable deal and missing out on potential opportunities. Based on our experience as sell-side advisors, we’ve created […]

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How to Make Your Acquisitions Successful During the Digital Age

The digital era has profoundly changed how business is done — especially in the years following the pandemic, with the rise of working from home and new technology like AI. What does that mean for M&A? There are new opportunities for business owners looking to sell their company and new areas of important due diligence. […]

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5 Ways M&A Intermediaries Help Sellers in M&A Transactions

Navigating the complexities of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) may feel intimidating for middle-market business owners looking to sell their company. This is where the expertise of M&A intermediaries becomes invaluable. They play a crucial role in facilitating successful transactions, offering a blend of strategic advice, financial acumen, and comprehensive support throughout the M&A process. In […]

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The Role of Private Equity in Middle-Market M&A

In the complex landscape of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for middle-market companies, private equity (PE) plays a pivotal role. Middle-market companies often find that partnering with private equity firms can offer the capital, strategic guidance, and operational expertise necessary to propel growth and enhance value. In this post, we’ll explore how private equity influences the […]

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Selling Your Middle-Market Company: Strategic Buyers vs. Financial Buyers

When contemplating the sale of your middle-market company, understanding the landscape of potential buyers is crucial for making informed decisions and maximizing value. Broadly, buyers fall into two categories: strategic buyers and financial buyers. Each group has distinct characteristics, motivations, and implications for the selling company. Here, we delve into the key considerations for selling […]

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The Importance of Shared Culture in M&A Deals

One key element of a successful merger has little to do with business strategy or sales numbers. Two companies might seem like a match on paper, but without a shared culture, a merger is at risk of failing. At Symmetrical, we’ve overseen countless M&A deals and know how to find corporate matches that will lead […]

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Why Add-On Deals Are on the Rise

One of the most popular types of acquisition for mid-sized companies is an add-on deal. In 2022, add-ons comprised 77% of US PE deals, an approximate jump of 3 percentage points from 2021, according to PitchBook data. At Symmetrical, we have deep experience helping business owners find the best structure for selling their businesses. Here’s […]

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The Role of Leadership in M&A Success

Selling a business is a big change, and times of change can often produce feelings of uncertainty or fear. But with the right messaging, change can also be considered an opportunity for growth and new success. That’s why strong leadership is such a key element of a successful M&A process. Whether selecting the right buyer […]

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10 Common Pitfalls in M&A Negotiations

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) offer tremendous potential for companies seeking growth and expansion. At Symmetrical, we know that negotiations can be fraught with risk for sellers. Recognizing and avoiding common pitfalls is crucial for maximizing value and achieving a successful outcome. Here are 10 common pitfalls we’ve seen and how to avoid them. 1. Underestimating […]

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