• Infrastructure Plan Remains a Key Focus

    Public-private partnerships (P3s) are delivering critical infrastructure across the country. Today P3s provide communities with new tools and ways to address their infrastructure challenges. Each year, over 1,350 leaders from states and localities, public agencies, and colleges, gather at the Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo (p3) to discuss infrastructure challenges faced across the county. They work together to find out how technology, advancements in project delivery, procurement, and life cycle asset management can solve these challenges. Participants receive in-depth learning, business development, and can network with a mix of owners, contractors, developers and service providers engaged in public private partnerships.   At the most recent P3 event, the infrastructure plan…

  • Massive Infrastructure Spending Plan Sparks Conversations, Driving Future Opportunity

    The presidential administration created a goal of implementing a $1.5 trillion infrastructure framework. The plan has sparked numerous conversations as has subsequently created significant excitement and optimism throughout the infrastructure services industry. The logistics of the plan haven’t been finalized but many experts in the industry believe that the success of the plan will be dictated by the private sector and the role it will play in funding and executing future projects. Throughout the last six months, many of the largest publicly traded engineering and construction companies have seen increased expectations in M&A activity because of the recent increased performance of broader equity markets. Meanwhile, the infrastructure services industry has…

  • Mark Brady on How to Make Deals Close

    Mark Brady, investment banker and M&A expert, recently sat down with Alex Verkhivker to share some of the lessons he’s learned from the merger of two iconic consumer brands. Mark Brady is the proud alumnus of the Chicago Booth School of Business. Mark attributes his longevity in M&A to the economic and financial tools he gained at Booth. Booth provided him with a powerful means of understanding markets, prices, and incentives in the M&A environment. With Verkhivker, Mark outlined lessons learned from a successful acquisition while giving advice for both buyers and sellers on getting deals to close. In 2008, Mars had decided to acquire the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company,…

  • William Blair’s John Cultra and Tom Wilson Receive More Accolades

    William Blair closed the 2017 year on a very high note. Not only did William Blair do over $1 billion in revenue, but the firm and several of its employees received various prestigious awards for their impressive annual output. Most recently, John Cultra and Tom Wilson were named to the 2017 America’s Top 100 Financial Advisors list by Barron’s magazine this week. John Cultra and his team members offer an impressive average of 22 years of experience in the financial industry, 12 of which have been at William Blair. Tom Wilson and his team boast an average of 26 years of experience in the financial industry with 22 years at…