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Seattle M&A Activity: Pacific Northwest Remains Largely Unaffected by Global Economic Woes

As part of its nationwide speaker series, Merrill Corporation recently brought together a panel of respected professionals from the Seattle deal community to offer their expert insights in Pacific Northwest-centric deal making and how they view deal activity for the remainder of 2016. Merrill Corporation would like to thank:


  • Brett Kaluza – Managing Director, PitchBook
  • Christian Schiller – Managing, Director, Cascadia Capital
  • Dave Dandel – Senior Vice President, Evergreen Capital Partners
  • Sandy Blyth – Senior Director, Integration Management, Microsoft
  • Mike Bursiek – Partner, E&Y
  • David Clarke – Partner, Perkins Coie
  • Hank Gregory – Moderator, Senior Vice President, Merrill Corporation


Our esteemed panelists discussed their outlook on middle-market deal making in the first half of the year, and what lies ahead for the remainder of 2016. Topics included:

  • Lessons learned by buyers and sellers in Q1
  • Predictions of deal flow for the remainder of 2016
  • Profiles of attractive target assets
  • How financial and strategic buyers are addressing the buyer/seller valuation gap
  • Creative strategies by buyers to win the deal
  • Expert advice to help sellers avoid pitfalls and prepare for a successful process
  • The importance of transparency in facilitating a smooth and successful transaction

Our panelists’ insights are set forth in the following pages.

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