John J. Bolebruch
John Bolebruch has spent over 30 years as an investment banker to both large and small industrial, aerospace/defense and consumer product manufacturing companies. He started his banking career in the capital markets area of First Boston in 1983 and subsequently joined the Northeast Industrial Group in investment banking and was made a Managing Director in 1992. He has also been a Managing Director with Merrill Lynch and ING Barings Furman Selz. John has extensive experience in advising public and private companies on M&A sell and buy-side strategies, mergers and reserve merger transactions, valuations, fairness opinions, and public and private capital markets offerings. He began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen in New York.
John graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Finance and Economics. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses and has a CPA in New York and Pennsylvania. John was previously a member of the Board of Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics. John is on the Board of Blasch Precision Ceramics, Previously Chaired the Board of the Lower East Side Family Union, a child welfare agency, and is the Treasurer and a Director of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.
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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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