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2018 continued to generate a robust level of M&A activity in North America and Europe with over 15 thousand transactions completed through September representing over $2.4 trillion of deal value, according to Pitchbook, while valuation multiples rose slightly and remain above 9.0x.

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The M&A market is experiencing steady growth in 2018 fueled by availability of capital, US economic conditions, and positive changes in the US tax law. According to Dykema's Mergers and Acquisitions Outlook Survey 2018/2019, 65 percent of respondents expect the M&A market to strengthen over the next twelve months.

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While the term "unicorn" has been reserved for the once rare existence of a large, private company with a valuation in excess of $1 billion, such companies have become much more common in recent years. Today, over 150 unicorns are headquartered in the US, which represents significant growth as compared to less than 25 in 2011.

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June 19, 2015 marked a very exciting day for small businesses and investors alike. The implementation of Title IV of the JOBS Act, also known as Regulation A+, has leveled the playing field for investors by granting early stage companies the ability to raise capital from anyone as opposed to only accredited investors.

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A valuation project in the bankruptcy context may include specific purposes. During each valuation project it is not uncommon to encounter unique and customized circumstances. However, in the bankruptcy context, below is a list of some of the most common.

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Due diligence is the process of investigations and analysis into the details of a company prior to an acquisition of its shares or assets or in preparation of an IPO. While financial, legal, operational, and income taxes of the company are generally considered, state and local non-income based taxes should not be left out of the analysis. These taxes are sometimes the reason a buyer decides not to proceed further, yet this is an area that is often overlooked. 

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The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) recently endorsed a GAAP exception for private companies and their treatment of goodwill, marking a milestone in the work to provide simpler, less costly rules for private companies while producing financial statements that reflect economic reality.

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There are several reasons a business owner plans an exit including retirement, liquidity, lack of generational succession, and diminished competitive position to name a few. All things considered, one could make a strong case that 2013 represents the optimal value for many middle market businesses.

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Crain’s Detroit Business in Partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth Names UHY Advisors as a Finalist for Dealmaker Adviser of 2011

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