John C. Simons
John Simons has spent 36 years as a banker to small and mid-size businesses and the families that own them. John was an Executive Vice President for Bank of America (formerly Fleet National Bank) in the Regional Commercial Services Group, responsible for small business, middle market and corporate banking in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and the Hudson Valley area. He was also Market Executive for FleetBoston Financial’s activities in New York City. Prior to joining Fleet, John was a Senior Vice President with Chase Manhattan Bank. He began his career with Chemical Bank in 1983.
John is the Chairman of the Board of The United Hospital Fund, and a former director of amfAR, The American Foundation for Aids Research, The Greater Jamaica Capital Corporation and a former Trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. John was also Chairman of the Lincoln Center Business Council and a member of Lincoln Center Corporate Fund. John was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg in 2003 to be a member of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. John has a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College.
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Strong M&A Market Despite Appearance of Some Economic Headwinds - Still a Good Time to Consider Selling a Business
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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