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In this week’s episode, join host Nick Olsen as he sits down with Nick McLean, Co-Founder of Four Pillars Investors as they discuss the importance of transparency in the M&A process. Nick reveals how honesty and openness can transform the dynamic between buyers and sellers.

Nick shares compelling stories from his own experiences, illustrating how transparent practices build trust, set realistic expectations, and foster positive relationships. He doesn’t shy away from the tough conversations, highlighting why M&A advisors must be candid with their clients—even when delivering unwelcome news.

Tune in now and elevate your understanding of M&A dynamics with the podcast that delivers actionable insights and unlocks the door to new possibilities. To learn more about M&A trends and insights, please like, subscribe, and rate our podcast. New episodes go live every Thursday at 9 am CST.

Some Key takeaways include:

  • Transparency is crucial in the M&A process as it builds trust and sets realistic expectations between buyers and sellers.
  • M&A advisors should be upfront and honest with their clients, even if the news is not what they want to hear.
  • Open communication and addressing potential issues early on in the deal can help prevent misunderstandings and build a positive relationship.
  • Transparency is important for both buyers and sellers to ensure a successful and mutually beneficial transaction.
  • Being transparent about valuation, customer concentration, and deal structure can help align incentives and create a win-win situation for all parties involved.

About the show:

The M&A Mastermind Podcast is your go-to source for the latest industry trends and strategies to level up your M&A practice.

The show features thought leaders who specialize in the lower middle market space and share their experiences and expertise across key areas of execution, such as: market analysis, lead generation, deal management, strategic partnerships, buyer access and much more.

With host Nick Olsen, each episode’s “mastermind” will share ways in which they have found success in navigating the M&A industry to best support the small-to-medium sized private business owners they focus on serving.


00:00 Introduction and Background

03:15 The Importance of Transparency in M&A

08:05 Go Ugly Early: Addressing Potential Issues

14:26 Transparency in Valuation and Deal Structure

25:28 The Impact of Transparency on Stakeholders

32:44 Advice for M&A Advisors: Be Transparent and Realistic

41:14 Conclusion and Contact Information


Mergers and acquisitions, M&A, investment banking, corporate finance, sell-side, valuation, due diligence, how to sell my business, M&A market trends, transparency, trust, expectations, relationship, communication

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