In this issue of Transaction Trends, we feature information and our perspective on transaction-related trends and matters, including relevant Delaware Chancery Court cases and more.

The State of Leveraged Buyouts and the Benefits of a Solvency Opinion

As LBO leverage ratios exceed pre-crisis levels, corporate stakeholders may take comfort in hiring an independent valuation expert prior to the transaction. One area that valuation experts can add value is by providing a solvency opinion. Although solvency opinions do not provide absolute protection against legal action, they do offer a number of benefits, including a layer of protection for key stakeholders.

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Insights

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Industry Spotlight

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This quarter, we focus on the Healthcare & Life Sciences industry. The third quarter was a strong one for the healthcare industry as the deal volume remains at its highest levels since Q1 of 2017. The number of healthcare M&A transactions announced and/or closed in the third quarter of 2018 was consistent with the high level of activity that had been prevailing since 2013 and prior.

Read more M&A market key takeaways, as well as the key takeaways for this industry in Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Update – Q3 2018.

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Select Engagements

Stout offers numerous services to help a business with the transaction planning and implementation process and to position the business to be more successful if and when it does decide to move forward with a deal. The following engagements highlight some of the great work we’ve performed.

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Featured Services: Value Optimization

Given the high-profile nature of many M&A transactions, corporate finance departments often focus a significant portion of their professionals' time and resources on the execution of these deals. However, there are many activities that can be undertaken outside of M&A to enhance corporate and shareholder value. Through services designed to help businesses make better financial decisions on an ongoing basis, Stout can assist companies in optimizing value even when no deal is currently under consideration.

Moreover, just as critical to a company's continuing success are the steps that it takes to produce and enhance value before and after a specific deal has been completed. Stout offers numerous services to help a business with the transaction planning and implementation process and to position the business to be more successful if and when it does decide to move forward with a deal.

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