The Gaffin Group recognized at ACG Middle-Market Public Policy event in Washington, DC

(Washington, DC – February 5, 2014) The Gaffin Group was specially mentioned for its part in supporting the Association for Corporate Growth’s efforts in delivering a first-ever public policy agenda developed by the ACG in early 2013 and as updated for a recent policy summit in Washington, DC. Mark Gaffin, Founder and President of The […]

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Wall Street Journal misses on Bank article

While I have great respect for WSJ’s reporting overall, I think they got several material points wrong in a recent article on banking (“Banks Sit Out Riskier Deals – Regulatory Pressures Push Some Lenders to Let Lucrative Deals Go” 01/21/14). Based on my experience from front-line leveraged lending and my privilege of being involved with […]

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The Power of Focus: Optimizing PE Portfolio Investments

We have reached a point in the maturity of the private equity industry where wheat is being cut from chaff. Overall, LPs are more sophisticated in their due diligence of funds and general partners – and the latter strive to differentiate themselves. One compelling differentiator is a replicable approach to maximizing market value of portfolio […]

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The Peril of Pytr Prynciple and the Bank Meeting

We received such fascinating feedback on our post on relationships in commercial banking being a double-edged sword (see, “The Most Expensive Word in Banking? ‘Relationship’”) that we wanted to capture it in a follow on piece. Based on many of the war stories we heard, the topic touched close to home for many. Most wondered […]

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The Most Expensive Word in Banking? “Relationship”

Commercial bankers, especially those in the core and lower middle market, face so many obstacles to growth and profitability – from a looming regulatory environment to nimble, creative non-bank competitors – that it’s a wonder some don’t throw their hands up in despair and go fishing. But there is hope for those willing to address […]

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Value Maximization article published by Axial

The Gaffin Group was pleased to have an article on value maximization published on the Axial network. The Gaffin Group Founder and President, Mark Gaffin, discussed the on-going research effort in this area. “Our Group continues its research efforts into private capital formation and the middle market. An important area of discovery is now the […]

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Is LBO Lending Specialized?

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge”. – Charles Darwin I am often asked whether middle market LBO lending is specialized. To a great extent, the answer is “yes”. Certainly, there are essential elements of transaction analysis, underwriting, and account management in middle-market leveraged deals that require a more sophisticated approach than is typically […]

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