May 6, 2015

CMM Managing Director, Ramsey Goodrich, was the keynote speaker at the Estate Planning Counsel Annual Meeting and Dinner at Innis Arden Club in Greenwich, CT. He delivered a presentation entitled “Options for Monetizing Privately Held Companies and Strategies to Maximize Value” to an audience of more than 75 estate planners, trust officers, wealth managers and others advisory professionals involved with exit and estate planning.

Beyond liquid assets and real estate, a significant portion of a family’s wealth may reside within a family or closely held company. Many of these businesses involve multiple generations of owners, whether or not they are involved in the day-to-day operations of the business, which can create a number of unique challenges for operating, managing and planning for the family business. Mr. Goodrich discussed how families can maximize the value of their business for the benefit of future generations and explore options to monetize some or all of the value in the company.

In a lively conversation, a variety of topics were covered, including:

  • What are some of the ways to create liquidity for family members without selling the business?
  • What are the major components that go into planning for future sales transactions? When should the family start planning for a future sales event?
  • Is there a difference between a “market” value and an “estate” value, especially when planning for a transaction? What are the most important factors that go into valuation?
  • When should the owners consider a strategic sale versus a private equity investment? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  • How long does the transaction process take and what is involved?

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Press Releases

Excent Corporation has been acquired by Frontline Education

September 2016

Carter Morse & Mathias ("CMM") is pleased to announce that Excent Corporation, a provider of data management software solutions designed for special education and student intervention management, has been acquired by Frontline Education, the nation’s leading education software company backed by Insight Venture Partners ("Frontline").

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Carter Morse & Mathias Announced as Finalist For the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards

August 2016

The M&A Advisor is pleased to announce finalists of the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. The Acquisition of Really Good Stuff by Excelligence, backed by Brentwood Associates was named a finalist in the Consumer Discretionary, Corporate & Strategic Acquisition & M&A Deal of the Year categories.

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2016 Mid Year Review

July 2016

We would like to share with you a few updates at Carter Morse & Mathias, and celebrate some of our notable achievements for the first six months of 2016. It has been a strong first half for CMM, as measured by the number of closed transactions, the valuations achieved for our clients, the recognitions we have received and our continued involvement in our communities.

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