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From investment bankers, business valuators and brokers to entrepreneurs themselves, our team of expert contributors offer a wide range of experience across the M&A spectrum

The Experts

The world of divestment can be a complicated place. These experts work in the field, sharing their career expertise with Divestopedia in order to help you find the clarity you need to make the most of your business exit. 

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George D. Abraham


George D. Abraham is the president of Business Evaluation Systems. He has sold over 450 businesses and has appraised over 9,000 companies both...

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Business Valuation: An Analysis of Risk
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Craig Allsopp


Craig O. Allsopp is an investment banker with Corporate Finance Associates, a full-service mergers and acquisitions firm with an office in Portland,...

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Three Ways to Sell a Company
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Darrell Arne


Darrell Arne is the President of Arne & Co., which he founded in 1994 began specializing in business valuations and mergers acquisitions. He is a...

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Hitting a Home Run When Exiting Your Business
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Jey Arul


Jey Arul is the President of VR Business Sales in Edmonton, Alberta. VR is a business brokerage firm that assist entrepreneurs and business owners...

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The ABCs of Earnouts
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Matthew Bristow


Matthew co-founded ClearRidge with Bruce Jones and has a range of banking experience from London, England. Prior to moving to the US and...

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When Should You Sign a Letter of Intent?
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Chad Byers


Chad is the Founder and Managing Partner of Symmetrical Investments, LLC. He has over a decade of experience advising on or investing in over 100...

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Should You Hire a Sell-Side Advisor or Do it Yourself?
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Perry Campbell


K. Perry Campbell, Ph.D., CM&AA is a Principal at ACT Capital Advisors, LLC and serves on the board of the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition...

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Timeless Value Trends for Mid-Sized Businesses
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Michael Carter


Michael Carter was the founding principal of Carter Morse & Goodrich where he serves as Managing Partner. He has been on the financial side of...

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Re-Trade and Best Practices to Avoid Them
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Alan Chettiar


Alan Chettiar leads FirePower Capital’s Investment Banking team in all its engagements and sets its strategic direction. He brings over a...

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Preconceived Notions Can Be Deal Killers
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Ben Collins

Director of Product Marketing and Strategy

Director of Product Marketing and Strategy at Intralinks.

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Adam Croft


Adam has been a lead advisor in the UK for M&A for over 10 years. His insights and advice come from a successful history of the due diligence...

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How an MBO Can Be the Right Solution When Planning Your Exit
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Jarrett Davidson


Jarrett Davidson is the principal and co-founder of Score Capital Partners Inc. He is an experienced corporate finance professional who has advised...

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Turning Over a New Leaf: Life After Selling Your Business
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George Deeb


George has a passion for start-ups and formalized his consulting efforts as the Founder and Managing Partner of Red Rocket in 2010. George has...

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Pitfalls Around Earnouts (and Why They Rarely Payout)
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Jamie Grant


Jamie Grant is the Co-founder and Managing Director at Mirus Capital Advisors. He is responsible for negotiating, structuring, valuing and closing...

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Establishing Deadlines in Your M&A Deal
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Stephen Groves


Stephen Groves is an experienced and sought after mid-market M&A advisor based in Sydney, Australia. Stephen is recognized as a respected...

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Key Negotiation Tactics for Your M&A Transaction
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Erick Hamdan


Erick works with business owners, investors, and private equity firms looking to create value and maximize their returns on exit. Working as adviser,...

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Intrinsic Value per Share and the Roadmap to Measurable Value Creation
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Brandon Hinkle


Brandon Hinkle is the Vice President at Kovitz Private Holdings, LLC, a private equity holding company. Brandon joined Kovitz Private Holdings, LLC...

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Dave Kauppi


Dave Kauppi is a Merger and Acquisition Advisor with MidMarket Capital, Inc. Dave is based out of the greater Chicago area and specializes in...

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Lessons Learned from Negative Buyer Feedback
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John Lawson


John has three designations: CFP, CEPA and CIM. An entrepreneur at heart, John ventured into the business world by owning, building and managing a...

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: What's Your Contingency Plan?
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Clinton Lee


Clinton is the founder of The Exit Firm, a UK M&A consultancy that advises business owners on their exit options and connects them with the right...

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Investors' Decision Making Process & Why You Should Know it Before Going to Market
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Heather Madland


Heather is the Vice President of Business Development at Huron Capital Partners. Huron Capital Partners is an operationally-focused private equity...

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Tying the Knot: Getting to 'I Do' with the Right Private Equity Partner
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Kenneth H. Marks


Mr. Marks is the founder and Managing Partner of High Rock Partners, Inc. He is the lead author of Middle Market M&A: Handbook of Investment...

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10 Options to Exit Your Business: Transfer and Liquidity Alternatives
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Brian Mazar, MBA, CBI


Brian is the Managing Director/CEO of American Fortune LLC, a business sales and acquisitions advisory firm based in Louisville, Kentucky.  ...

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When is the Best Time to Sell My Business?
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Mike McCarron


Award-winning writer, Mike McCarron, was one of the founders of MSM Transportation before it was purchased in 2012. Based in Toronto, Mike is...

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Surprises to Watch Out for When Selling a Business
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Brad Mewes


Brad Mewes is the founder of Supplement!, a strategic, financial and M&A advisory firm specializing in the automotive aftermarket industry worldwide....

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What Is a Platform Acquisition?
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Tammie Miller


Tammie Miller is the Managing Director of TKO Miller. She brings over 20 years of investment banking experience into her transaction advice and is...

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Crazy M&A Myths You Need to Stop Believing Now
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Josh Patrick


For the past 15 years Josh Patrick has owned and operated a wealth management business, Stage 2 Planning Partners, that focuses on the strategic...

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Kids Taking Over the Business? 8 Things to Consider
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Cindy Radu


As a designated Family Enterprise Advisor, Cindy helps individuals, family enterprises, business owners and family offices navigate the complexities...

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Does It Have to Be 'Shirtsleeves-to-Shirtsleeves?'
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Michael Schwerdtfeger


Michael Schwerdtfeger is a managing director at Chapman Associates, a nationwide middle market mergers and acquisitions firm specializing in helping...

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Preventing Seller’s Remorse in a Mid-Market Deal
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Andrew J. Sherman


Andrew J. Sherman is a Partner in the Corporate Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Andrew focuses his practice on issues affecting business growth for...

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Letter of Intent: Examining 3 Different Drafting Styles
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Charles Smith


Charles Smith is the founder of Pegasus Intellectual Capital Solutions LLC, a boutique investment banking firm based in Chicago, Illinois that...

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To Sell Your Business, Start With the End in Mind
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Barbara Taylor


Barbara is the co-founder of Allan Taylor, a boutique M&A firm located in Northwest Arkansas. She began her entrepreneurial journey after moving...

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Gregory Tobben


Greg Tobben is a partner and co-founder of Access Capital Partners, an investment bank exclusively focused on raising capital for independent sponsor...

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How Do Independent Sponsors Differ from Traditional Private Equity Buyers?
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Erik Twohig


Erik Twhohig is President of Sunbelt Business Brokers of London, and Sales Representative with Sunbelt Business Brokers Premium. Operating in...

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There Are Lots of Buyers. That's Great, Right?
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Derek van der Plaat


Derek is a Managing Director at Veracap M&A International Inc.  He has over 20 years of corporate finance experience, both as an adviser...

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How Do I Attract a High Multiple for My Business? - The Sales Process
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Stephen Williams


Steve Williams CExP™, CMAA, is Partner and founder of Incentica Advisory Group that focus on helping business owners grow and take advantage of...

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Building Enterprise Value With Strategic Planning
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Paul Wormley

General Partner, Hadley Capital


All our contributors are passionate about divestments and helping you exit your business successfully. These enthusiasts are expert writers and researchers who tap into top sources and resources in order to bring you the information you need.

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Mark Cussen


Mark has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry, and has worked with investments, insurance and mortgages as well as income tax...

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Exit Planning Institute


The Exit Planning Institute, provides Financial Advisors, Accountants, Consultants, and other advisors of business owners with the crucial...

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The Pathway to Deeper Deal Flow
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Hope Malveaux

CEO, Veaux Professional Services, LLC
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Bill Millar


Bill Millar is a freelance business writer, researcher, roundtable facilitator and speaker. Bill began his career as a Wall Street practitioner,...

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The Next Generation of Deal Making: M&A Technology in 2021
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Buy and Sell a Business


At BuyAndSellABusiness.com, we have helped thousands of entrepreneurs, business owners, franchisees, business brokers and franchisors buy and sell...

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A Brick-and-Mortar Business Broker’s Intro to Ecommerce and SAAS
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Miracle Semien

COO, Veaux Professional Services, LLC
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Lyle Solomon

Principal Attorney

Lyle Solomon has considerable litigation experience as well as substantial hands-on knowledge and expertise in legal analysis and writing. He...

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How Business Owners Can Thoughtfully Approach Exit Planning
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Chris Stavrou


Chris Stavrou is a commercial development professional with a diverse background ranging from consulting to alternative investments and sponsored...

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Back to Basics: How to Calculate EBITDA
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Ryan Tansom


Ryan runs industry-specific podcasts on his website which pertain to mergers and acquisitions, and all the life lessons he wish he had known then. He...

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Podcast: What Happens if You Lose Your Biggest Client? Interview with Larry Armstrong
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Divestopedia Team


Divestopedia is a resource for entrepreneurs who want to sell their business for the best price and terms. Whether you are thinking of selling, have...

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Private Equity Deal Sourcing Strategies in 2023
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