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Lower Middle Market Weekly Outlook

The IPO market has come full circle. After fluctuating between hot and not over the past 6 months, public floatations have become popular again, with last week being the best IPO week since 2006. Private equity IPOs reached their highest ever level.

Despite the record week, Marc Andreessen believes the IPO is dying. He explains that, compared to twenty years ago, companies are waiting much longer to go public. Due to regulatory burdens and investor savviness (“warring long and shorts”), an IPO can be fatally onerous for smaller companies.

In other news, global M&A is at a 7-year high.

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This week in history… The federal government passes the Sherman Anti-Trust Act to control monopolies (1890).

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