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

CUSO M&A: Finding the Right Partner for Growth

CUSO M&A: Finding the Right Partner for Growth

Strategic mergers and acquisitions can be a powerful tool for growing your CUSO, but much of your success depends on finding the right partner. How can you identify the right partner for growth? The best way to begin your search is to identify the ideal markets in which to grow your organization. Once you have […]

Capstone Launches New M&A U Webinar Certificate

Capstone Launches New M&A U™ Webinar Certificate

We are excited to share our expertise on strategic growth through M&A with our new M&A U™ Webinar certificate. The M&A U™ Webinar certificate will be awarded to those who attend all 12 monthly Capstone Webinars live. Each live webinar features a seasoned M&A expert sharing practical tools and tactics to accelerate your company’s growth. CPE […]

M&A in Review 2015

M&A In Review: Top Posts From 2015

2015 was the “strongest year for deal making on record,” according to Thomson Reuters.  Global deal value reached $4.7 trillion, a 42% increase from 2014, and U.S. deal value reached $2.3 billion, a 64% increase. Despite this record-breaking activity, the number of deals announced globally remained relatively flat and in the U.S., the number of deals actually decreased by 1.65% […]

Functional Due Diligence and Maintain Seller Confidentiality

How to Conduct Functional Due Diligence and Maintain Seller Confidentiality

Q: How often are you able to bring together both buyer and seller functional personnel during due diligence? Some sellers might be sensitive to confidentiality and not open to bringing their personnel into the fold. A: When conducting due diligence, we advocate a functional approach, where leaders from the buyer’s organization meet with the seller’s. There […]

How will your credit Union Grow

How Will Your Credit Union Grow?

Credit unions’ traditional use of consolidation as one way to grow is a trend likely to rise over the next five years, according to industry experts. While the percentage of these deals climbs, there actually are fewer mergers because there are fewer credit unions. There were 4% fewer credit unions in September 2015 than one […]

Narrow Comprehensive LOI

Narrow vs. Comprehensive Letter of Intent

The Letter of Intent (LOI) is an important milestone on the M&A process and is used to crystallize the most important terms of the deal. While the LOI is an important legal document, it also brings a new level of commitment and resolve to the deal. The LOI can be “narrow” or “comprehensive.” Narrow LOI […]

What will happen in M&A in 2016

What will happen in M&A in Q1 2016? Dealmakers Weigh In

As we near the end of the fourth quarter, everyone is wondering what will happen in 2016. Will the frenzied M&A activity of 2015 continue into the new year? There seem to be mixed reviews on what activity will look like next year. The Intralinks deal flow predictor indicates a 7% increase in global M&A […]

Contemporary Legal Issues in M&A Webinar John McDonald

The Legal Side of M&A: What You Need to Know

Legal aspects are a critical component of any M&A transaction. Two documents come to mind in particular, the letter of intent (LOI) and the acquisition agreement. The first signals a mutual interest by both parties to continue exploring the deal, and the second is the legally binding agreement that seals the deal. The LOI is […]

M&A Update 3Q 2015

M&A Update: 3Q 2015 [Infographic]

M&A activity in the first 9 months of 2015 remained strong reaching $3.2 trillion globally. It was the strongest first 9-month period since 2007 for global mergers and acquisitions. The trend of large, mega deals continued in the third quarter of 2015.  Global deal value increased by 32% in the first 9 months of 2015 […]

Buyer vs seller deal structure agreement

Buyers vs. Sellers: Strategies for Agreeing on Deal Structure

If buyers want asset purchases and sellers want stock purchases how do the two ever come to an agreement? Leading Tax Attorney Alexander Lee of Paul Hastings, answered this question in our webinar “Tax Considerations for M&A.“ There are several factors that are important when the buyer and seller discuss deal structure. Specify Deal Structure in […]

Tax Considerations in M&A

Tax Considerations in M&A Webinar with Leading Tax Attorney

Tax implications can significantly alter how you structure a deal and even the price of your acquisition, so it’s important to understand their effect. Join us for a webinar on Tax Considerations in Mergers & Acquisitions and uncover what you need to know about taxes in M&A and gain an understanding of tax issues. Join […]

Valuation Discount Premium Multiples

What Leads to Premium or Discount When It Comes to Valuation Multiples?

As you might expect, sellers look for a premium multiple. Buyers typically will only consider paying a premium to market if they are adequately convinced that the value of the potential target justifies it. This begs the question: How does one derive a rationale for discount and premium multiples on a business? There are a […]

M&A Express Your Fast Track to External Growth

New Series of M&A Express — Starts September 23

On September 23 we will be launching the second series of M&A Express. The new series will feature the following videocasts: The Hidden Power of Minority Ownership Cultural Due Diligence Register for the complete series We are also pleased to announce previous videocasts from our first series of M&A Express are now available online whenever you wish […]

Capstone Mastering Valuation Webinar September 17

Mastering Valuation for M&A Webinar on September 17

Valuation is an important component of any M&A transaction, but it’s much more than a simple formula. There are many different aspects to consider when valuing a business for acquisition and properly valuing a business takes both experience and expertise. Learn more in our webinar on “Mastering Valuation for M&A.” The webinar will cover core […]

Credit Union Mergers On the Rise

Credit Union Mergers on the Rise

Credit union consolidations are on the rise in 2015, continuing a trend from previous years. There were 14% fewer credit unions in March 2015 than there were in March 2010, according to data from As credit unions consolidate, the number of smaller credit unions is decreasing while the number of large credit unions between $100-$500 million and over […]

Secrets to Selecting the Best Market for Growth [VIDEO]

Selecting the right market is critical to successful growth. The market should have healthy, stable demand for your products or services and be aligned with your overall growth strategy. We strongly recommend selecting a market prior to identifying acquisition targets or potential partners. Without understanding market dynamics, you may be tempted to pursue what looks like a […]

Fintech M&A for Credit Unions

Is FinTech M&A the Next Big Idea for Credit Union Growth?

Aloha! We hope you have been enjoying these last few weeks of summer. Our very own Managing Director, John Dearing, recently returned from Maui, Hawaii, where he spoke at the National Credit Union Directors Conference hosted by CU Conferences on August 12 -15. John presented “Strategic Mergers and Acquisitions: Exploring External Growth” in two parts […]

Buffet Acquires PCC

Strategic M&A: Berkshire Hathaway to Buy Precision Castparts

By now, many of you will have heard of Berkshire Hathaway’s $37.2 billion acquisition of Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC), an aerospace parts manufacturer. The acquisition is Berkshire Hathaway’s largest to-date which goes to show with each strategic acquisition, Berkshire Hathaway must make bigger and bigger deals to “move the needle.” Strategic and to the Point […]

Edelweiss Harrison Director of Strategic Growth Capstone

Capstone Promotes Edelweiss Harrison to Director of Strategic Growth

Edelweiss Harrison brings over 15 years’ experience in senior-level consulting to enhance Capstone’s M&A services to middle market companies. Capstone, a leading management consulting firm that helps middle market companies grow through M&A, announced today that Edelweiss Harrison has been promoted to Director of Strategic Growth. She will lead Capstone’s strategic growth and market research […]

M&A UPdate 1h 2015

M&A Update: 1H 2015 Was the Most Active Half Year Since 2007

Global dealmaking remains robust, reaching $2.2 trillion in the first half of 2015, according to Thomson Reuters data. This is an increase of nearly 40% from the first half of 2014 and the most active half since 2007. However, the number of deals only increased slightly, by 3%. The trend of fewer, larger transactions continues: […]