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Lower Middle Market Weekly Outlook

Alibaba made a remarkable entrance to the public markets last week with one of the largest IPOs of all time. The flotation priced the Chinese e-commerce company at a whopping $21.8 billion, and is another example of companies staying private longer.

In other news, Scotland decided to remain a part of the United Kingdom. This is a sign of relief for many British PE and VC firms, which previously indicated their support for “remaining part of the union.” For an interesting mix of¬†geopolitics and corporate finance, read Rob Cox’s recent column.

Another trend to watch: Big buyout firms are returning to the middle market.

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This week in history…¬†Travelers Group acquires Salomon Brothers for $9 billion (1997).

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