Delta Variant Reshapes Debate

By Diane Swonk, chief economist, Grant Thornton The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) – the policy setting arm of the Federal Reserve – is scheduled to meet this week. The Fed will continue to welcome the improvement in the economy we have seen since the Fed last met in mid-June. Members will have to acknowledge…

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How private equity firms can leverage data

Brian Francese, a Baker Tilly partner and private equity practice leader, joins ACG’s GrowthTV to talk about how private equity firms are using data to evaluate potential investments, monitor portfolio companies and assess readiness for exit. Technology is enabling more sophisticated data collection and analysis and points to new ways that firms are leveraging data…

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Private equity and SPAC readiness: 6 key considerations

Preparing portfolio companies for a SPAC merger The rise of special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions is pushing attention to the private equity (PE) space, where promising portfolio companies present opportunities for strong sponsor incentives and investor returns. But if PE managers want to make the most of SPAC opportunities, they may need to help their…

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It’s Not Easy Being Green -Managing Authentic Transformation Within Sustainable Investing

Dedicated sustainable investing will more than quadruple in size, totaling $13 trillion in assets under management worldwide, by 2025. Dedicated sustainable investing represents an evolution, as these portfolios actively promote environmental, social, and/or governance characteristics as a primary investment objective, rather than only considering such factors as one of many of investment inputs. The future…

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Cybersecurity considerations across the life cycle of a deal

By Brian Nichols & Eric Wunderlich, Baker Tilly Why cybersecurity factors into deal considerations Businesses today operate in a digital world. This means that technology has a significant role in day-to-day operations, interactions with customers and the integrity of financial information. If an organization has not properly maintained its technology, including the security of that…

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Incomes & Spending Fall, Inflation Flares

By Diane Swonk, chief economist, Grant Thornton Personal disposable incomes fell another 2.8% after adjusting for inflation in May as the boost to incomes tied to stimulus checks paid in March continued to play out. Wages and salaries continued to recover with solid gains in employment during the month. The next round of stimulus will…

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Private equity and SPAC readiness: 6 key considerations

Preparing portfolio companies for a SPAC merger By Jason Menghi, Will Braeutigam & Derek Malmberg, Deloitte The rise of special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) transactions is pushing attention to the private equity (PE) space, where promising portfolio companies present opportunities for strong sponsor incentives and investor returns. But if PE managers want to make the most…

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Private financial markets: The Road to Next

Market trends affecting investor-backed private companies The Road to Next series explores investment trends defining the private financial markets and covers strategies, liquidity concerns, market dynamics, and more. Our latest edition reviews fintech’s role in deepening expansion stages, growing interest in the cryptocurrency space, and how organizations can find a competitive advantage through compliance. A…

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