Mezzanine debt takes center stage for small business

By Deborah L. Cohen October 14, 2008 CHICAGO (Reuters) – In the middle of the credit crisis, privately held dairy product maker Kan–Pak needed $15 million in capital, and quickly. Higher energy and commodity prices had prompted its food–service customers, which include Burger King and Chick–fil–A, to demand more of the company’s shelf–stable products. The […]


The Deal September 18, 2006 Tough decisions loom in the distance for entrepreneurs aged 50 and older. As retirement nears, the pressures of maintaining their businesses and planning for their future increase, and questions of “what next?” abound. Characteristic of baby boomers, this generation is hesitant to relinquish control of the companies they’ve spent years […]

The China Gambit

CIO Magazine By Stephanie Overby June 16, 2006 Last year, Steve Bandrowczak jumped at the chance to take on a new challenge: the top IT job at PC maker Lenovo Group, a Chinese company. “I’ve rolled out systems in 200-plus countries,” says Bandrowczak, a 25-year IT veteran, describing his experiences as a globe-trotting CIO, including […]

Turmoil Points To Mezz Resurgence

Corporate Financing Week By Matt Craft May 26, 2006 The handful of recently launched mezzanine funds will likely benefit from rising rates and inflation fears, according to private equity observers. “The outlook is better than it has been,” said Howard Gellis, senior managing director at The Blackstone Group. Gellis runs Blackstone’s mezzanine group, which closed […]

Helping Hands

CFO Magazine By P.B. Gray May 08, 2006 Eager to boost the value of their investments, venture capitalists lavish their portfolio companies with a broad array of services. Cincinnati is a long way from Nanjing, China — 7,300 miles and a world apart from the reassuring conventions of business, American style. That was a big […]

Automation on the Rise in China

Managing Automation By Maria Trombly April 1, 2006 China may be the low-wage manufacturing capital of the world, but not every company comes here to save money on labor. Instead, as China develops its own economy, companies are opening plants here to be close to customers, to be close to raw materials, and for other […]

Factories go onto autopilot: LETTER FROM … SHANGHAI

The New Zealand Herald By Maria Trombly March 27, 2006 China’s drive for better manufacturing quality is encouraging businesses to invest in machines C HINA may be the low-wage manufacturing capital of the world, but not every company comes here to save money on labour. Instead, as China develops its domestic economy, companies are opening […]

Making sense of mezzanine financing

Financial Executive By John Sinnenberg December 1, 2005 At critical points in a company’s existence, it will need to raisecapital–whether to make a strategic acquisition, invest in facilities and technology, create employee stock incentives or provide liquidity for shareholders. Financial executives will look at a range of options from bank debt to equity deals, and […]

More Buyout Firms Eye China

Private Equity Week By Ari Nathanson October 31, 2005 Talk to the average U.S. or European private equity firm doing business in China, and you’re likely to hear complaints about government obstacles, the country’s weak legal system and the challenges of obtaining financial information. But in an increasing number of cases, those concerns are ultimately […]

On a Mission to China

Cincinnati Enquirer By Cliff Peale October 29, 2005 Local executives will explore a lucrative market. It’s half a world away from Greater Cincinnati, but China is a potentially lucrative marketplace for companies here. The emerging market of 1.3 billion people is compelling because of its low costs and because it’s the fastest-growing consumer market in […]