McCombie Group grows, capitalizes, and transitions middle-market family businesses with $20 to $400 million of revenues. With an emphasis on preserving values and legacy, we provide a customized comprehensive solution and access to long-term family office capital. We add value and align our interests by investing our time, resources, and capital into our client-partners’ success.

The ROI of Hiring an Investment Banker

This article was originally published in Forbes. It started with a dream decades ago and through hard work and determination, you built a thriving business. Given your limited budget, you learned on the fly how to create and refine your product, how to market it, and how to build and manage a team. You’ve achieved…

When the ‘Helicopter Money’ Ends

This article was originally published in Forbes. Newton’s third law says that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”  Covid and the government’s response to it set in motion events that have created the current economic environment we’re experiencing.    To figure out where we’re going, I find it helpful to look at…

Private Equity’s Playbook

This article was originally published in Forbes. Private equity’s (PE) playbook for creating investment value is relatively basic and straightforward (though not necessarily easy). Building on my prior article, The Alchemy of Private Equity Explained, this article delves into the strategies and tactics used by PE investors to boost EBITDA (Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation,…

Private equity funds generate above market returns through executing a repeatable strategy

The Alchemy Of Private Equity Explained

This article was originally published in Forbes. Business owners are often intimidated by the mystique and the limited information available about private equity (PE) firms and how they operate.  The goal of this article is to help explain their mechanics and typical strategy. PE buyers are neither inherently better or worse for sellers, they just…

Four Reasons Deals Fail to Close

This article was originally published in Forbes. So, you’ve completed the letter of intent (LOI) stage of trying to sell your business.  You and the buyer have reached an agreement on the primary terms of the transaction, signed a non-binding agreement, and even perhaps made a public announcement (likely against the recommendations of your advisors). …