Middle Market Insights

Welcome! Our blog is dedicated to providing information we think you’ll find useful, thought provoking, compelling and in some cases just entertaining.

Hopefully, you will find our views insightful and relevant though at times they are likely to be irreverent, quirky or merely interesting but always informative.

Thank you for visiting, please visit us regularly.

6 things you should be doing but probably aren’t when selling your company

05.21.2011 - Mergers & Acquisitions

For over 25 years Green Tree Capital has been privileged to provide merger and acquisition advice to owners and senior executives of privately owned middle market companies. In almost every instance, the sale of the company was the most important transaction undertaken by the owner.

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Thawing credit markets likely to become a Mississippi flood

05.14.2011 - Capital Markets

Commercial bank CEO’s are under great pressure today from Wall Street analysts to increase revenues and profitability if they want to receive favorable endorsements from analysts. According to recent conversations with a number of senior commercial bank lending executives, this will require banks to add assets in substantial quantities.

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Good food, good wine, good friends, good books

05.05.2011 - Banquet Of Life

Good food, good wine, good friends, good books

What more could one ask for than to enjoy and share life’s greatest pleasures?

Postings will be dedicated primarily to four of my greatest passions – wine, cooking, travel and restaurants as well as the many other pleasures of life like a good book.

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Spring is in the air as the credit markets thaw

04.02.2011 - Capital Markets

Owners of privately held middle market companies are all too aware of how solid the credit markets froze in 2008. Precipitated by the demise of such venerable firms as Bear Stearns & Lehman Brothers that coincided with one of the worst recessions ever, banks became risk adverse and miserly.

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Is The Glass Half Full or Half Empty

03.19.2011 - Private Equity

Things are starting to look up in the world of private equity – a sure sign of spring some might say and a thawing of the market. The good news is that both transactions completed and the capital invested in 2010 was up from 2009. One has to wonder, however, how much of the increase was a one-time phenomenon with owners rushing to sell their companies before the expected expiration of the Bush tax cuts in December.

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Middle Market M&A activity warmed up in 2010 from a tepid 2009 and 2008

03.12.2011 - Mergers & Acquisitions

That headline regularly bandied about by media pundits today is sure to “warm the cockles of the heart” of owners of privately held middle market companies who think the M&A market is returning to levels seen in 2006 and 2007.

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If you aren’t worried about the integrity of the financial system, you should be

03.05.2011 - Money Matters

Michael Lewis, best selling author and arguably one of the finest investigative reporters, wrote an excellent book The Big Short chronicling the sub-prime mortgage debacle and highlighting the hubris of Wall Street. It led to the unprecedented meltdown of the financial system and culminated in the worst recession ever. Take a look behind the scenes at one of the greatest financial frauds ever perpetrated. Bernie Madoff’s was “chump change” in comparison.

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