Capstone Strategic is the meeting point of passion and process in the field of mergers and acquisitions. Founded in 1995 by CEO David Braun, Capstone meets the unique demands of mid-market companies and their corporate growth initiatives. We help clients achieve their dreams through proactive strategic growth programs and successful acquisitions. Put simply, we help companies grow.


State of Midmarket M&A Q1-Q3 2014 Update: Capstone Report

Survey Shows Steady Growth in Midmarket Mergers & Acquisitions

Capstone’s State of Midmarket M&A Q1-Q3 2014 Update indicates a steady growth in midmarket mergers and acquisitions. We surveyed midmarket executives from multiple industries to learn how the first nine months of 2014 matched expectations from 2013, and to indicate any new trends in midmarket M&A. The survey was conducted in October 2014, and follows a […]

Capstone Webinar: Keys to Integration Success

Capstone Webinar: Keys to Integration Success Thursday, September 17, 2009; 1:00 PM ET Hosted by David Braun, Capstone CEO Join Capstone CEO David Braun as he leads a webinar on how to successfully plan and execute the integration of two companies. The closing of a deal is the fruition of months — even years — […]

Healthcare 2013 Trends

Healthcare: 2013 Trends and 2014 Outlook

Strong healthcare M&A activity is predicted for 2014 as the industry faces market and regulatory changes.  Click on the infographic for a closer look at 2013 trends and 2014 predictions.

Recent Posts

Keys to Integration Success Webinar

Keys to Integration Success Webinar

Learn how to successfully plan and execute the integration of two companies. The closing of a deal is the fruition of months — even years — of hard work. With it, though, comes a whole new round of work that begins the moment the ink dries on the agreement. The integration of companies is a […]

How will tax affect M&A?

How Will Changes to Tax Policy Affect M&A?

Cash of US non-financial companies has reached $1.9 trillion, a 10 percent increase from 2016, and it is estimated that $1.1 trillion will return to the US if a tax holiday is granted under the Trump administration. Alexander Lee, a leading Tax Attorney and Partner at McDermott Will & Emery, recently commented on this topic […]

John Dearing at Strategic Lending Conference hosted by CU Conferences

How Credit Unions Can Access New Markets through Partnerships

Credit unions today face many challenges to generating new loans, from regulations, community banks, and new startups and peer to peer lending. At the same time, this new competitive market provides opportunities for those who are willing to act. External growth, including partnerships, investments in CUSOs, and strategic acquisitions, provide a unique way to rapidly […]

M&A Update: 1H 2017 [Infographic]

Worldwide, deal activity in 1H 2017 was relatively flat when compared to 1H 2016. Deal value increased slightly by two percent and the number of deals dropped just four percent, according to Thomson Reuters data. In the US, although deal value dropped by 16 percent, the number of deals rose by 17 percent compared to […]

Are You Aware of Tax Implications in M&A

Are You Aware of Tax Implications in M&A?

To many, taxes are a maze of complicated regulations they would rather avoid all together or leave to the professionals. While this is understandable given the complex nature of the US tax code, failure to familiarize yourself with these critical issues could negatively impact your acquisition. In M&A, taxes play a critical role and can […]

Credit Union Trend Alert – More Strategic Acquisitions on the Horizon

Credit Union Trend Alert – More Strategic Acquisitions on the Horizon

In today’s rapidly changing environment where regulations are evolving, new technology and competitors are challenging traditional models, and members are demanding more from their financial institutions, many credit unions are realizing they must expand beyond business as usual to keep up with demand. Credit unions are increasingly executing strategic acquisitions, partnerships, collaborations, and investments in […]

Got Cash How Successful Organizations Accelerate Short and Long Term Growth

Got Cash? How Successful Organizations Accelerate Short and Long Term Growth

Get ideas for how to deploy cash to further your credit union’s short-term and long-term growth in Capstone’s upcoming webinar with NCB. An approach that addresses both the day-to-day and on the long-term are critical to your success. We are excited to following up on the success of last year’s webinar with a panel discussion “Got […]

Capstone Announces Closing of Deal between Trinidad and Tobago’s Green Dot and One Caribbean Media

Capstone Announces Closing of Deal between Trinidad and Tobago’s Green Dot and One Caribbean Media

Capstone announced today that Green Dot, a telecommunications provider headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago, has received regulatory approval to sell a 51% stake to One Caribbean Media. The acquisition allows Green Dot to continue reaching new markets and rapidly growing its subscriber base. Capstone Strategic, Inc. (Capstone) announced today that Green Dot, Ltd. (Green Dot) has […]

M&A Update 1Q 2017

M&A Update: Expect Robust M&A through 1Q 2018

M&A activity has been trending upward in the last year and half to two years. There was a particular uplift in 2015 which reached the record-breaking value of $4.3 trillion worldwide. Some of that was fear-based because of what was going to happen with capital gain rates so many deals were completed in the latter half […]

Heightened Dealmaking Predicted for 2017

“Heightened” Dealmaking Predicted for 2017

It seems like 2017 will be a strong year for acquisitions. A new report highlights a number of factors that could drive activity this year including the record levels of cash held by private equity firms and a favorable lending environment for borrowers. Potential changes to U.S. tax policy under the new administration could reduce […]

State of Middle Market M&A 2017

Survey Shows Top Driver for Middle Market M&A in 2017 is Access to New Markets

Capstone Strategic’s survey of middle market executives shows most see the same (43%) or growing (31%) M&A activity in their industry. 47% are pursuing M&A in order to access new markets. Capstone Strategic, the leading M&A advisory firm for the middle market, surveyed middle market executives from multiple industries on their growth and M&A experience […]

Burger King Tim Hortons Acquires Popeyes

Burger King & Tim Hortons Owner Plans to Expand Popeyes Internationally

Burgers, coffee and fried chicken will soon be under one roof. Restaurant Brands International Inc., the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons is acquiring Popeyes for $1.8 billion. The deal is expected to close in April. Restaurant Brands hopes to use its global reach to expand Popeyes restaurants internationally. Currently, Popeyes, which primarily sells […]

Seize Your Opportunity for Growth Explore Credit Union–Bank Mergers with Michael Bell Webinar

Seize Your Opportunity for Growth: Explore Credit Union–Bank Mergers with Michael Bell

Should your credit union acquire a bank? If you are looking for new ways to grow, acquiring a bank may be an option for your credit union. Capstone is excited to host a webinar attorney Michael Bell, who pioneered this new approach and continues to help credit unions acquire banks. The webinar will cover the strategy […]

Before Putting Together a List of Acquisition Targets, Stop and Read This Post

Before Putting Together a List of Acquisition Targets, Stop and Read This Post

Finding a list of companies to acquire is exciting! You start thinking about all the possibilities and how the deal will grow your business exponentially. But before you move forward with any of these candidates, take a step back and make sure you are looking at companies in the right markets. What are the “right […]

Capstone VP Presents at 2017 January VALET Program Orientation

Capstone Presents at the January 2017 VALET Program Orientation

Capstone Vice President Matt Craft presented at the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program orientation in Richmond on January 19. For 14 years, Capstone has helped Virginia companies grow through our participation in the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s VALET program. Matt talked about how leaders can identify the best markets for growth their companies […]

A New Look Capstone's M&A U Logo

A New Look for Capstone’s M&A U™

Today we are announcing a new logo for M&A U™, Capstone’s executive education resource. You’ll see the new logo on the M&A U™ website and on M&A U™ resources. The new logo reflects our commitment to helping executives like you learn how to grow through strategic mergers and acquisitions. M&A U™ is a central resource […]

M&A Update full year 2016

M&A Update: Full Year 2016 [Infographic]

Global M&A reached $3.7 trillion in 2016, dropping 16%, and the number of deals increased slightly by 1% when compared to last year. While 2016 did not match 2015’s record-levels, activity was still robust. Compared to 2014, activity increased by 5%. Activity in the fourth quarter reached $1.2 trillion with 13,504 deals announced, a 50% […]

2017 Capstone Webinar Schedule

2017 Capstone Webinar Schedule

Happy New Year! We are excited to announce the 2017 webinar schedule and invite you to join us this year for these exciting events. For over 20 years we have helped companies grow and educated business leaders on strategic growth through mergers and acquisitions. Each webinar is led by a seasoned M&A professional providing practical […]

The Street Quotes David Braun on Media Acquisition

The Street Quotes Capstone CEO David Braun on Media Acquisition

The Street interviewed Capstone CEO David Braun for the article “Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Likes Sound of SpinMedia’s Music Brands.” In the article David Braun analyzes the deal’s strategic rationale and discusses how traditional media businesses can continue to grow amidst a changing environment. As print media declines and digital media consumption rises, traditional publishing and […]

M&A In Review 2016

M&A in Review: Top Posts from 2016

2016 continued be a strategic, rather than a financial buyer’s market and strategic buyers deployed large cash reserves to pursue growth through M&A. Unlike financial buyers, which typically look for a three to five years return on investment, strategic buyers can afford to pay more due to their long-term focus. The middle market has been eager […]