Charles S. Lachman

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Charles S. Lachman


Charles Lachman has spent his career in management and financial positions in both large and small business environments, and he has been a principal equity investor and key management participant in a number of middle market operating companies and strategic investments. In addition to his financial experience, he served as the CFO of a manufacturing company and a specialty retail chain. He was also a Partner and Managing Director of an international consulting firm; a senior executive with American Can Company; and a lending officer at J.P. Morgan.

Charles serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Dancker, a distributor of office furniture solutions in the New York area, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Charles received a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and attended Oxford University in England following his graduation, on a fellowship in history. He also attended the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.

Recently from Charles:

Strong M&A Market Despite Appearance of Some Economic Headwinds - Still a Good Time to Consider Selling a Business

Posted September 05, 2019 by John C. Simons , Charles S. Lachman

M&A activity in North America continues at a robust pace this year with $849 billion of closed transactions for 4,754 deals in the first half of 2019. The post-recession trend of strategic and private equity sponsored activity continues at a strong pace for large and small deals alike, as shown in the chart below. If currently announced deals close this year, M&A activity will again cross the $2 trillion threshold in 2019 for the fifth consecutive year. While total dollar volume is skewed by a number of mega mergers, such as United Technologies $90 billion acquisition of Raytheon, the median size of all transactions over the past 5 years is less than $100 million, an important consideration for middle market companies as they assess M&A market conditions for their business.

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