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Crain’s Chicago Business Excerpt | 2019 Record Year for Dealmaking

Originally published by Crain’s Chicago Business on February 3, 2020 | Excerpt from interviews with four firms that operate mainly in the middle market Investment banks gain in 2019 Chicago’s middle-market investment […]

Distribution Quarterly Review Q4 2019

2019 was an active year for distribution M&A, outpacing 2018 deal activity despite concerns regarding the impact of tariffs and shifts in buyer sentiment during the year.

Better Together: Critical Early Steps Towards JV and Partnership Success

Marc van Grondelle and Emma Blackley of Lincoln’s global Joint Ventures & Partnering practice unpack why JVs and partnerships are so often overlooked and how to execute them without mishap. Why is […]

Packaging Quarterly Review Q4 2019

Q4 M&A activity certainly suggests that the private equity community remains highly focused on the packaging sector.

Getting from A to B: A Roadmap to Freight Forwarding Consolidation

With the rolling in of a new decade comes the inking of a “phase one” trade deal between the US and China, finally beginning to draw escalating tensions and tit-for-tat tariffs to […]

Investors Take a Bite into the UK and European Dentistry Markets

Memories of nightmarish childhood trips to the dentist appear to be a thing of the past for investors as they rush to capitalise on the dentistry market in record numbers. Whilst a […]

Financing Markets: A Look Into 2020

In 2019, middle market lending was characterized by heavy competition and favorable market conditions for borrowers. This environment has persisted for several years, with many lenders commenting they can’t see how the […]

The Next Generation of Cloud Infrastructure Expands New Areas for Emerging Vendors, Strategic Buyers and Institutional Investors

The US Department of Defense recently awarded a $10B technology contract for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure to Microsoft. This contract allows for modernization of our government’s technology as much of today’s […]

Lincoln MMI Q3 2019

Gain Insight into the Mid-Market

We focus on the segment that powers the global economy: the mid-market. Our first-of its kind quarterly index tracks the enterprise value of more than 1,300 privately held, mid-market portfolio companies for approximately 100 sponsors and lenders. New for this quarter, the index also includes equity values of mid-market companies.

  • Quarterly index provides a unique measurement of changes in enterprise value of private middle market companies
  • Provides a key benchmarking tool for private equity sponsors and institutional investors
  • Six key industry indices: Business Services, Consumer, Energy, Healthcare, Industrials and Technology
  • Shows high correlation to public U.S. stock markets but less volatility

The Lincoln MMI provide clients with unique access to information for measuring and benchmarking the performance of their companies and portfolios against several key indicators.

Explore the Lincoln Middle Market Index
Human Capital Management Services Market Update Q3 2019

The third quarter of 2019 saw a significant uptick in M&A activity in the human capital services sector versus the prior year, with 41 announced deals as compared to 27 in the […]

Mergers & Acquisitions Excerpt | What’s ahead for M&A in 2020? We ask 8 advisors

Originally published by Mergers & Acquisitions on December 27, 2019 | Excerpt from interviews with eight bankers and other advisors for their outlook on M&A in 2020 What’s ahead for M&A in […]

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