M&A Roundtable: Buyers continue chasing deals as limited inventory of quality sellers persists

The M&A market ended 2019 in good shape and professionals who work in the field expect dealmaking to remain strong in the new year.

A seller’s market should prevail in 2020 as buyers — particularly a growing number of private equity firms investing in the region — pursue the fewer good companies that are selling, according to participants in a recent roundtable hosted by MiBiz.

Participating in the discussion with this reporter and MiBiz Editor Joe Boomgaard were:

  • Elisa Berger, vice president in the M&A practice at Charter Capital Partners

  • Jordan Hoyer, a partner and general counsel at public relations and investor relations firm Lambert & Co.

  • Remos Lenio, a partner at Tillerman & Co. LLC, a Grand Rapids-based investment banking and merchant banking firm

  • Matt Miller, managing director of BlueWater Partners LLC, a Grand Rapids-based investment banking and consulting firm

  • Pete Roth, a partner who focuses on M&A at Grand Rapids-based law firm Varnum LLP, which sponsored the roundtable

  • Kurtis Trevan, CEO of Grand Rapids-based Gun Lake Investments, the economic development entity for the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, or Gun Lake Tribe.

Here are some highlights from what they had to say at MiBiz.

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