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The Middle Market has a Weight Problem

Beneath the screeching Klaxon alarms, raised by frenetic media on all things related to deal making, lies a deep – and historically vibrant – Middle Market. Undaunted, intrepid reporters dash through press rooms clutching another article decrying companies “laden with debt”, “leverage limits”, “criticized assets” of the if-it-bleeds-it-leads meme – while a vast sector of the economy […]

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Critical Elements of an Effective Leveraged Lending Platform

What does it take to be an effective middle-market leveraged lender? Are traditional lending models obsolete? Is this sector now the domain of non-bank debt investors? Whether you are a private equity investor, operating company, or co-lender, these questions can be pivotal to deal viability over the investment horizon. Finding out, mid-deal, that one or […]

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A Little Secret of Private Equity Investing: Financial Engineering Matters

While it may be fashionable for sponsors to assert, “We’re all about operating improvements and not financial engineering” – a little secret of private equity investing remains: Done correctly, the management of leverage through financial engineering remains a key component of differentiated returns from most investments. Ultimately, a pragmatic approach to financial engineering drives benefits […]

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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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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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The Gaffin Group published in ACG’s “Middle Market Growth”

The Gaffin Group is pleased to report that an article authored by Mark Gaffin has appeared in the Association for Corporate Growth’s September 2013 issue of Middle Market Growth. The article, titled “Do PE Firms Starve Companies of Innovation? Myth or Reality,” sheds light on misconceptions around the rate and effectiveness of innovation generated by […]

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WSJ Weekend Investor Really Misses the Mark on Private Equity

Mark Hulbert was busy elbowing his way onto the anti-private equity bandwagon on July 5th with his confusing dispatch “Real Returns: Are Private-Equity Gains Built to Last?” Mr. Hulbert heroically ignores a large body of readily accessible research and data to precariously perch his pejorative premises on quite arguable findings from a single, tax-return driven […]

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