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Mergers, Acquisitions, and Other Restructuring Activities by Donald DePamphilis

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Chapter 10

Analysis and Valuation of Privately Held Companies

Maier's Law: If the facts do not conform to the theory, they must be disposed of.

Inside M&A: cashing out of a privately held enterprise

When he had reached his early sixties, Anthony Carnevale starting reducing the amount of time he spent managing Sentinel Benefits Group Inc., a firm he had founded. He planned to retire from the benefits and money management consulting firm in which he was a 26% owner. Mr. Carnevale, his two sons, and two nonfamily partners had built the firm to a company of more than 160 employees with $2.5 billion under management.

Selling the family business was not what the family expected to happen when Mr. Carnevale retired. He believed that his sons and partners ...

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