Mark Johnson

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Vice President
Mark’s professional experience is as an M&A advisor, CEO of an IT company, Venture Capitalist, IT Management Consultant and Naval Officer. The thread throughout his career has been Information Technology, its commercialization, and its applications towards improving business effectiveness. His undergraduate education is from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where he received a degree in Systems Engineering.

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Critical M&A Contract Terms #9: Reducing variables between signing and closing
It’s a common misconception that after a buyer and seller sign a contract, everything is set in stone and done. The reality is that the deal isn’t actually closed, yet. After you sign the deal, there may be events out of your control that impact the value or other elements of the deal before... Click here to read more
Posted by Mark Johnson, Vice President on 21 September 2015
Corum Top 10 Disruptive Tech Trends #4: Digital Currency Flow
Significant momentum is building for digital technologies that accelerate payments by reducing costs and inefficiencies in the global payments system. But so could other payment technologies.  Larry Summers (ex-US Treasury Secretary and now advisor to the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz) agrees, saying... Click here to read more
Posted by Mark Johnson, Vice President on 6 April 2015
Today's Markets - the view from Europe
I wanted to follow up on Bruce's discussion of the current market situation from last week with a view from here on the other side of the Atlantic. The M&A market in Europe has been especially healthy in 2014. A shift in investor sentiment has also led to the resurgence of the IPO market across... Click here to read more
Posted by Mark Johnson, Vice President on 22 October 2014
Online Exchanges
In Q1:2014, we introduced our Top Ten Disruptive Technology Trends, which follow two basic categories: Create and Connect. Each month we are going to spotlight a specific trend, and this month we are turning our focus to online exchanges. For almost two decades, the Internet has been a hub for... Click here to read more
Posted by Mark Johnson, Vice President on 30 April 2014
How to Reject an Offer
Our December webinar topic was how to react and respond to an unsolicited offer. In follow-up, we had this question: “What is the most polite way to decline and not engage in an offer, just because we’re not considering initiating a process at this time?” The answer we gave was this—tell them that... Click here to read more
Posted by Mark Johnson, Vice President on 30 December 2013
Nordic Update
We're seeing a lot of M&A activity in Europe, but it’s worth noting that the Nordic region is doing particularly well. In the last six months we’ve closed four deals in the region, and we’re moving two more clients into the LOI stage. Obviously the big story over the summer was Nokia. Once the... Click here to read more
Posted by Mark Johnson, Vice President on 10 October 2013
Stockholm Report
Regardless of the negative news reports like the shrinking GDP and the weakening Euro, we are still tracking consistent, exciting M&A activity in the tech sector, regardless of locality. We’ve closed five notable deals in the region in the last few months: Our sale of A+W (Albat + Wirsam), out... Click here to read more
Posted by Mark Johnson, Vice President on 4 June 2013
Dells Acquisitions
Dell has adapted its business approach substantially over the past few years. They have consistently been a top 10 buyer of tech firms; however, were currently witnessing a shift in its acquisition strategy which says a great deal about how Dell sees its future. About one month ago, Dell announced... Click here to read more
Posted by Mark Johnson, Vice President on 14 June 2012
Timid corporate executives
McKinsey & Company recently published the results of a survey indicating that large companies are overly biased against making strategic investments such as acquisitions, product development, and financing startups for new products or market expansion. It is difficult to understand why in this... Click here to read more
Posted by Mark Johnson, Vice President on 3 February 2012
Hardware to Software trend to continue in 2012
In August, 11 Marc Andreessen put forward his thesis on software eating the world. Essentially, his belief is that due to pervasive broadband and the high growth of smart phones (5bn by 2020!) software has reached a tipping point of distribution capacity at minimal startup costs, impacting our... Click here to read more
Posted by Mark Johnson, Vice President on 3 January 2012
Sovereign cash
Part of the astounding cash flood we can see in the market today is the staggering amount of sovereign wealth that is available, about $4.7 trillion in assets in the top ten nations for sovereign wealth. These countries include some you'd expect, like China (with over $1 trillion alone) and Saudi... Click here to read more
Posted by Mark Johnson, Vice President on 21 November 2011
Portfolio of One
The fundamentals of Modern Portfolio Theory have been in place for 60 years and continue to drive fund managers and individuals investment strategies. We all want low risk / high returns on our investments. In our "efficient" markets this is not possible, but what Markowitz put forward in 1952 is... Click here to read more
Posted by Mark Johnson, Vice President on 16 September 2011
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