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Author: Michael McGrath

Sellers beware – the unsolicited approach!

Unsolicited approaches are all-too-common in Australia too, so we thought we’d share our European colleague John Willcox-Jones’ advice on how to evaluate and handle unsolicited offers.
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Grow or go?

Many entrepreneurs that were contemplating a sale or retirement in the next few years have had their plans thrown to the wind by the experiences of the last twelve months.
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Every deal is a triumph over adversity

I was recently interviewed by the Talking Law podcast. In our discussion Joanna Oakey and I talk about lessons learnt from doing deals in this time of COVID-19 pandemic, and what the future looks like for the mid-market in M&A.
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Are deals getting done in lock-down?

In April last year, the biggest question facing anybody wanting to buy or sell a business was: are deals still getting done?
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What the hell should I do? A guide to making decisions under pressure

We all try to use common-sense when making decisions, but this can be difficult during periods of turbulence and change. Read on to find out our three easy steps for keeping your head while making tough calls.
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Business Trends 2021

Whilst 2020 was a shocker of a year on so many levels and many of us spent a large part of the last 12 months in a state of disbelief, our job as business owners is to now figure out based upon what has happened and is happening what might be coming next. After all the only constant is change!
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2020: Well that didn’t go to plan did it!

What can be said about 2020 that isn’t painfully obvious to anyone in business? When it comes to planning, the saying ‘if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans’ rings true.
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Manufacturing – why such a bad wrap!

The article by Tom Mcllroy in last Friday’s Financial Review entitled Manufacturing key to recovery from Virus hit1 may have seemed extravagant even by the current standards of grand political soundbites.
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Productivity in the New Normal

The article by Sabri Suby in last Friday’s Financial Review on productivity struck me, although not until Sunday when I sat down and read it!
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The Critical Components of Effective Leadership

Back in 2008, Michael McGrath first sat down at a kitchen table with Anthony Moorhouse, former Australian Special Forces commander and then owner and founder at the crisis management company
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Landlords and Tenants – a commercial bunfight!

It was interesting to read the article by Sue Mitchell in last week’s Financial Review talking about the current power balance shift between retail tenants and landlords.
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Is this a good time for a business owner to contemplate an exit?

Our view on this is yes, with some important caveats. Firstly, and now more than ever, a business really needs to be across its numbers and have a well-articulated outlook.
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First Rule of the Game, Stay in the Game

I was recently interviewed by the Talking Law podcast. In our discussion Joanna Oakey and I tackled some of the issues facing small to medium sized enterprises at the moment
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Where to now in the face of COVID-19?

I was recently interviewed by Joanna Oakley at The Deal Room where we explored the enormity of problems facing business owners trying to sell in the face of the Covid-19
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The Coronavirus and what it means for business

First Rule of the game is #StayInTheGame. As I write this on Sunday lunchtime, 15th March, things are moving fast. I spent most of the weekend trying to be useful
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