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  • Creating shareholder liquidity: A checklist before going public

    There is now a real investor desire, and even a need, for strong companies to be in the public markets. According to a May 2017 Ernst & Young report, the number of domestically incorporated U.S...

  • Family offices: 'Quiet capital'

    Private equity and strategic buyers aren’t the only suitors pursuing family businesses today.

    Family offices, those low-key organizations formed to manage the wealth of ultra-high-net-worth...

  • Selling to private equity

    When Charles Scheidt learned in early 2012 that his sons were not interested in taking over the family’s specialty foods company, he knew he had to make some hard decisions for the good of his bu...

  • Private equity pros and cons

    The way Charles Kittredge sees it, private equity took his family’s company, Crane Currency, to a new level. That’s saying a lot for a business that’s been around for 217 years.

    Ten yea...

  • The ABCs of PE

    Private equity investors know good opportunities when they see them. And right now, their eyes are trained on family enterprises.

    For starters, these savvy investors know that profitable fami...

  • A buyout without bitterness

    What began as a more or less regular gathering of the four Flanagan brothers for high-level discussions about ownership of their business took a new turn in the fall of 2012. Two of the siblings, M...

  • #MeToo can affect you, too

    The #MeToo movement, sparked by October 2017 articles in the New York Times and New Yorker detailing sexual harassment and assault claims against film mogul Harvey Weinstein, trig...

  • New ideas from a new generation

    Travis Klassen was a 25-year-old high school dropout working for his family’s Canadian trucking company, Valley Carriers, when he started studying business leadership and realized how little he k...

  • Women at the wheel

    Perseverance is the key to success for women whose family businesses operate in male-dominated industries.

    From slave labor to thriving business: The storied history of McKissack & McKissack

    In the fifth generation, twin sisters went separate ways professionally while keeping the family together.

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