The 2010 Economy: What's in Store for Buying, Selling, Mergers & Acquisitions?

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Business Experts from throughout Wisconsin Gather in Milwaukee

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With the economy still in flux, it is more important than ever for professionals in the business transaction world to have a solid understanding of what's going on in the world around them as well as within their own industry areas

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Insights, expertise and discussion about the top economic issues and opportunities for Wisconsinites involved in business transactions will be front and center at a conference next week in Milwaukee. The Midwest Business Brokers & Intermediaries Wisconsin Chapter will host "Best Practices in Tough Markets" at the Milwaukee Athletic Club from Noon until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15, 2009. Speakers and attendees will include industry experts from throughout the Midwest, who are M&A intermediaries, investment bankers, commercial bankers/lenders, accountants, transactional attorneys, financial advisors, private equity groups specializing in business brokerage, business brokers and valuation service providers.

"With the economy still in flux, it is more important than ever for professionals in the business transaction world to have a solid understanding of what's going on in the world around them as well as within their own industry areas," explains Scott Bushkie of Cornerstone Business Services (Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee and Detroit), an MBBI board member and Wisconsin Leadership Team member. "This seminar will provide them with what they need to know." Speakers include:

  •     M&A Trends for 2009 / 2010: How the Economy May Effect the M&A Industry

Speaker: Tom Costello, Vice President of Baird Capital Partners
12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Costello will share the latest M&A trends and share insights as to the direction of the economy in 09/10 and how it will affect the marketplace.

  •     Valuation of Current Market Conditions: How to Value a Distressed Business

Panelists: Kathy Durham - ASA Capital Valuation Group and Scott Miller, CPA, ABV, CVA - Enterprise Services, Inc.
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Presentation and discussion about current business valuation methods for various industries in today's economy.

  •     Turnarounds and Workouts of M&A: What's the Forecast?

Speaker: Dan Dooley, CTP - Morris Anderson
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Many businesses being sold in the last half of 2009 are distressed businesses. This presentation will address how selling or acquiring a distressed business is different from traditional selling or buying opportunities as well as how to maximize value for a client.

In addition to the presentations, the conference will include a Deal Mart (where attendees can network to put deals together or gain assistance with current deals), lunch and an after-event networking time.

For registration information, go to: http://www.mbbi.org. Click on the Wisconsin Chapter tab and look for the September 15th seminar registration link.

Midwest Business Brokers and Intermediaries (MBBI) is dedicated to promoting professional and ethical excellence in the business broker and intermediary community. MBBI is the largest organization of M&A professionals in the Midwest, with more than 350 members. Its membership is comprised of business brokers, M&A intermediaries, investment bankers, attorneys, accountants, consultants, valuation service providers, private equity groups, corporate and individual buyers. For more information, visit http://www.mbbi.org.

Media Contact:

Scott Bushkie
MBBI Board of Directors
President / CEO
Cornerstone Business Services
(920) 436-9890

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