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The Welsh Wire: Matthew Allard of Brightstar Capital PartnersMatthew-Allard

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can be a potentially valuable tool to help shape the financial future of a family-owned business. Learn more at an upcoming Family Business Alliance seminar, “Anatomy of a Deal: Mergers and Acquisitions for the Family Business,” coming up Sept. 11, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Family Business Alliance and Grand Rapids Chamber.

The program is sponsored by Brightstar Capital Partners. Brightstar Partner Matthew Allard described the program in a discussion with Sheri Welsh for The Welsh Wire. “There’s the buy side of M&A, where you are looking to acquire a company, and there’s the sell side of M&A, where you may be looking to sell,” says Allard. “Often you see this come in different shapes and sizes. There’s mergers of equals, there’s buying of smaller competitors, sometimes even larger competitors. And I think the importance of M&A is understanding that it is a practical tool. The more work and diligence you do up front, the better served you will be post-transaction and over the course of the integration. And so part of what we will have on Sept. 11 is a lineup of very knowledgeable advisors — everyone from the accountants to M&A lawyers — and financing sources such as Fifth Third Bank.”

For more information, contact Matthew Allard at 212-430-2515. To register for the program, go to

Learn more about how your business can benefit from mergers and acquisitions when Allard talks with Sheri Welsh on this week’s Welsh Wire podcast, sponsored by the Family Business Alliance

Listen to Sheri’s entire interview with Matthew Allard.

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