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Private Company Exit Readiness: Facilitating Preparedness and Growth

By Andrée Bourgon, Eric Gonzaga, Priya Sarjoo, Robert Schwartz, and Candice Turner


Directorship Magazine

After a record-setting year in 2021, a multitude of factors led to tempered mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the first half of 2022. Inflation has contributed to escalating operational costs that were already increasing due to supply chain challenges and human capital spending. Rising interest rates are making it more difficult to finance deals, affecting what investors will spend on an acquisition. The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, an anticipated recession, and potential stagflation mean uncertainty is not going away anytime soon. So it is understandable that the investor community has taken a step back in this particularly turbulent environment and tough market. Portfolio values are significantly lower, and investors don’t want to realize those losses...

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Andrée Bourgon is a principal and the practice lead for Insurance Strategy and Transactions at Grant Thornton.

Eric Gonzaga is a principal and practice leader for the firm’s Human Capital Services (HCS) group in Minneapolis at Grant Thornton.

Priya Sarjoo is the firm’s Central Region Marketplace leader and Controls Advisory solution leader at Grant Thornton.

Robert F. Schwartz leads Performance Improvement at Grant Thornton.

Candice Turner is the national managing principal of the M&A Tax Services group at Grant Thornton.


This article is from the Fall 2022 issue of Directorship.