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Discover Unity Partners’ Recipe for Long-Term Success

Are you ready to dive into the strategies behind building thriving businesses and impactful partnerships? Discover how partnering with the right leaders can transform companies and markets. In this episode, John Block, co-founder and CEO of Unity Partners, takes us through his fascinating journey from childhood aspirations to leading a game-changing firm that builds better businesses together. In this episode, you’ll discover… Why John chose the name “Unity Partners” for his firm The secret mantra that drives Unity Partners’ success How foundational principles can propel business growth Strategies for reducing uncertainty in business success The impact of technology on smaller market investments And more Mentioned in this episode: Transcript Patrick Stroth: Hello there, I’m Patrick Stroth, trusted authority in executive and transactional liability and founder of Rubicon M&A Insurance Services, now a proud member of the Liberty Company Insurance Broker Network. Welcome to M&A Masters where I speak with the leading experts in mergers and acquisitions. And we’re all about one thing here. That’s a clean exit for owners, founders, and their investors. Today, I’m joined by John Block, co-founder and CEO of Unity Partners. Unity Partners is a principal space middle market private equity firm, that partners investors and operators to build better together. So I’m really excited to have you. John, welcome to the show. John Block: Thank you, Patrick, excited to be here with you. Patrick: Now before we get into Unity Partners and building better together, let’s start with you. Can you share with us what brought you to this point in your career? John: That’s a great question. I do love to start with that question. I think it’s important to set the table and go back from the beginning. If I think of my experience said, If I think back to childhood,

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Breaking Down Your Transactional Liability Insurance Options: No Insurance, Traditional Buy-Side, and New Sell-Side

When looking at options to cover a M&A transaction in the past, we’ve always said that you could either use traditional Representations and Warranty (R&W) insurance or… nothing. Nothing would often be the case for deal sizes under $20M, where R&W coverage simply does not extend these days except in very special cases. Now, we have a compelling third option, an innovative Sell-Side policy, for the smaller acquisitions out there. It’s called Transaction Liability Private Enterprise (TLPE). It was created just a couple of years ago by London-based CFC Underwriting but is now gaining ground in a serious way as

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Buyer Uses TLPE to Win Auction on Desirable $13M Tech Company

TLPE Case Study: Buyer Uses TLPE to Win Auction on Desirable $13M Tech Company

For many years, it was standard practice for Sellers in M&A deals with leverage to insist that Buyers forgo escrows as part of the terms of their deal and instead use Representations and Warranty (R&W) insurance. However, there is a catch … This process works only if the target’s pricing is above the Buy-Side R&W guidelines, which is $20M in most cases. And even then most insurers are reluctant to cover more than 30% of the purchase price.

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Rep and Warranty Insurance Is a “Mature” Product

In the world of M&A, Representations and Warranty (R&W) coverage has become a go-to transaction insurance product. Many PE firms, for example, have made it an almost standard part of any deal that is able to be covered. Simply put, R&W is a mature insurance product and despite its growth in popularity, it has not fallen off in terms of quality.

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The Lowdown on “Naked Tail” D&O Insurance

In insurance parlance, if you insure a particular exposure, you’re covered. If not, you’re bare. If you’re looking for a policy that covers something that’s never been covered before, you’re… naked. That’s the situation many privately held, small and middle market companies find themselves in when they seek to sell their business. The Buyer asks them to secure Directors and Officers Liability insurance (D&O), specifically a “tail” policy to make sure there’s a source of insurance coverage in case the Seller is held liable for any wrongful acts against an employee or others – things like human resources issues or

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Two Ways TLPE Insurance Might Cover Your Next Deal

Two Ways TLPE Insurance Might Cover Your Next Deal When it comes to acquisitions by PE firms, having Representations and Warranty insurance to cover the deal has become almost S.O.P. – it’s that common. But not every transaction qualifies, such as those under $30M in EV, or deals where the target’s financial records weren’t complete, and the Underwriters declined to cover the deal or at least included many exclusions. There is an alternative to traditional R&W insurance. A specialized new product that can also act as a solid alternative to “tail” policies for Directors & Officers liability coverage, also known

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Case Studies: TLPE and Multiple Sellers

In this series on the protection offered by Transaction Liability Private Enterprise (TLPE) insurance to small- and medium-sized business owners who are selling their companies, I’ve written about how it is especially useful in M&A transactions involving tech companies, as well as so-called “indifferent buyers.”  

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Case Studies: TLPE and Indifferent Buyers

You’re a small to medium-sized business about to be acquired by a much larger Strategic Buyer. You want some measure of protection during the transaction, and you’d prefer not to let a large portion of the sale proceeds sit in escrow for years in case some or all of it could potentially be clawed back if there is breach of a rep in the purchase agreement.

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