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Baby on board? Risks of inexperience in LBO lending

During my too-brief sailboat racing career in Australia, it was often necessary to cut closely between islands and shoals during long-distance events. Invariably, these games of roulette came at night and in the midst of a blow. There is little that focuses you more than perilously close waves crashing on jagged rocks as you hurtle through […]

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Finding Love in the Middle Market LBO World

It is all too seldom that one is present to see true love blossom – especially in the middle market finance world. Fondly, though, I can report I had the special privilege of seeing such a glorious thing at recent private capital industry gathering. I was picking my way through a wilted salad and tired […]

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Warning: Does that Base Case reflect reality? Or Newt and Biff’s Excellent Adventures

Years ago, one of my dearest mentors drummed the following advice into my cranium: One of the most obvious marks of inexperience and sloth is using, verbatim, sell-side information that is spoon-fed to an investor group. This is made more egregious as it obviously comes from parties benefiting from uncritical acceptance of the “data”. Not […]

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Break from the Front Lines – Middle Market view

I am back! First, I wanted to thank those of you that have stuck with me during my brief absence from this blog (though I welcome you to follow me on Twitter @GaffinMark). As many of you know, I am actively involved in the deal market – and have been blessed with an exciting, deep […]

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Why a middle market finance blog?

I have had the great pleasure of working with (and, sometimes, for) professionals dedicated to bringing rich, deep backgrounds to their fields. These areas include professionals in investment banking, commercial banking, corporate law, turnaround advisors, valuation experts, academics, strategy consultants, entrepreneurs, private equity general partners, mezzanine debt providers, and many other specialists. It is my […]

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