Business Insights From Conway MacKenzie
March 28, 2018

Blog: Pros and Cons of Master Limited Partnerships and Royalty Trusts

Q & A with Paul F. Jansen, Managing Director, Houston Question: Generally, who do you see as the ideal investor for these funds, and who should stay away, and why? Where in the portfolio do they belong — competing with stocks in the risky end, or with bonds in the safer, income-producing end? Over time, […]

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July 26, 2017

Blog: Warning Flags Rising for Private Equity Firms

This post was written by Brian Connors Private Equity (PE) firms and their limited partner investors could face significant headwinds in the coming years due to high company valuations, record levels of dry powder to invest, and more exit transactions akin to rearranging deck chairs by selling holdings to other PE funds rather than creating […]

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February 3, 2016

Blog: How Beauty Brands Can Survive Walmart’s New Fees and Payment Terms

This article was written by Mike Musso and was originally posted on GCI Magazine For the first time in its history, Walmart is charging slotting fees. While this practice is common in mass retailing, Walmart has long stood apart by not participating in the pay-to-play game. Now, brands will have to pay to be on […]

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May 20, 2015

Blog: Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast: How Building a Strong Culture Has Been Essential to Our Growth, and How it can Fuel Your Growth as Well

Having a strong company culture will not guarantee success, but it sure helps. Building, fostering and nurturing a great culture is one of the most important things a business can do to recruit, retain, and motivate a talented workforce – certainly one of, if not the, most important assets of a business. We speak from […]

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April 28, 2015

Blog: Growing Business, Shrinking Profits?

When times are good, businesses often invest – new hires, new equipment – to keep the good times rolling. When times are bad, businesses also invest – marketing, sales, new product or service offerings – to stem the tide. Investment is good when there is return on investment. But too much investment – in good […]

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December 1, 2014

Blog: Value Add: Research Indicates a Connection Between M&A Communications and Market Performance

A recent report finds a correlation between a company’s M&A announcement activity and its outperformance in the market. The research, conducted jointly by technology provider Intralinks and the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School, focuses on the drivers of shareholder value creation. It is the first of a two-part report that more broadly examines […]

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November 5, 2014

Blog: Conway MacKenzie is the Premier Sponsor of TMA Chicago/Midwest Chapter Event

Conway MacKenzie is sponsoring the upcoming Turnaround Management Association Chicago/Midwest Chapter Annual Executive Speaker Forum as the Premier Event Table Purchaser. The event, which is being held on Monday, November 24, 2014 in Chicago, will feature 2012 Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as the keynote speaker. While the TMA has announced […]

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October 28, 2014

Blog: Be Prepared for Black Swans

In his 2007 best-selling book, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, author Nassim Nicholas Taleb argues that history has been shaped by unforeseen events – both positive and negative – whose probabilities are underestimated because they are difficult to comprehend. Taleb calls such events black swans, which he defines as “an event […]

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October 19, 2014

Blog: Colleges Either Change Course or Falter

There’s a sea change coming to the model of higher-education, and Greg Charleston knows how to build the raft. Our Senior Managing Director outlined three ways that college and university administrators can enable their institutions for survival in the coming decades, discussed here in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  

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October 15, 2014

Blog: The Importance of Valuation

“If business schools could offer just one course, it would not be on stock trading, the efficient market hypothesis or modern portfolio theory. Rather, B-schools should be encouraging students to learn the boring, but critically important, discipline of business valuation.” This quote from Warren Buffet underscores why valuation is such an important issue in business. Having […]

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October 10, 2014

Blog: Business Lessons and the Bacon Bowl

Although it’s usually best to be diversified in business, sometimes you have no choice but to have all your eggs in one basket. Or, in the case of one small Mississippi company, all your bacon in one bowl. According to The Wall Street Journal, a “down on its luck” small town of 1,500 got a […]

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October 7, 2014

Blog: How to Eat an Elephant

Sometimes we’re called in to help a company in distress overcome a set of challenges. Other times it’s to assist a company that’s hitting on all cylinders capitalize on an opportunity. Regardless of the situation, from strategy to execution there’s much to plan and do to ensure a successful outcome. So what’s the best way […]

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September 4, 2014

Blog: U.S. Auto Sales Surge in August 

The auto recalls over the past few months barely made a scratch in sales, it seems. Despite numerous recalls for car manufacturers, automakers sold 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. in August – up 3 percent from the same period last year. In fact, sales this past August surpassed sales from last year, even though […]

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July 3, 2014

Blog: U.S. Private Jobs Spike in June

A recent report from payrolls processor ADP reported that the U.S. private hiring sector hit a 1-1/2 year high in June. According to the report, private employers added 281,000 workers to payrolls last month, which is a 179,000 increase from May. Read this Reuters article for an overview of the findings and how some are comparing […]

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