News & Insights

How Art Van went from a retail juggernaut to a house afire

How Art Van went from a retail juggernaut to a house afire

March 9, 2020

As published in Crain’s Detroit Business Art Van began its final sale Friday. The Warren-based retailer’s sudden announcement that it would wind down operations comes only three years after its late founder, Art Van Elslander, sold the company to a… Continue Reading  

Robust Mergers & Acquisitions Market Ahead

Robust Mergers & Acquisitions Market Ahead

February 17, 2020

Even with recent banner years, experts say 2020 looks strong As published by Matt Jachman, Corp! Magazine Mergers and acquisitions activity remained robust in 2019, even after the two preceding “banner years,” one of which saw a record number of… Continue Reading  

O’Keefe’s Missions & Visions with Russ Long

O’Keefe’s Missions & Visions with Russ Long

February 10, 2020

As published in Michigan Lawyers Weekly Q. What is your area of practice? A. I specialize in forensic accounting, real estate consulting, bankruptcy/receiverships, litigation support, and business valuation. I have significant experience in preparing complex financial analyses and forecasts for… Continue Reading  

Food Biz Outlook: Embattled ag industry hopes trade stabilizes in 2020

Food Biz Outlook: Embattled ag industry hopes trade stabilizes in 2020

December 23, 2019

As published by Jessica Young, MiBiz News that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement appears to be headed toward ratification comes as a positive for farmers across the country and especially in Michigan. Canada and Mexico remain influential purchasers of Michigan goods… Continue Reading  

Going Places: Katie Montague

Going Places: Katie Montague

December 10, 2019

Senior Associate, O’Keefe | TMA Member: Two years As published in TMA’s Journal of Corporate Renewal Q: How did you gravitate into turnaround/restructuring work? MONTAGUE: I originally wanted to be a lawyer, before I started college. When I was in… Continue Reading  

Expertise Propels Accounting Alum to Top

Expertise Propels Accounting Alum to Top

November 5, 2019

As published by Rene Wisley, Oakland University Insight Magazine Calculating the variables that lead to a satisfying and successful career is not always a simple equation. Initially interested in medicine, Susan Koss, ACC ’94, changed direction after working in a… Continue Reading  

Legal Weed in Mexico, What that Means for the U.S.

Legal Weed in Mexico, What that Means for the U.S.

November 4, 2019

As published by Angela Underwood, thedwr.com It may be slightly delayed, but Mexico is about to legalize marijuana. Now, the U.S. lags behind its two neighboring countries, which have permitted pot for recreational use within their borders once Mexico joins… Continue Reading  

Radical Survival Strategies for Struggling Colleges

Radical Survival Strategies for Struggling Colleges

October 20, 2019

Mergers, acquisitions, shorter degree programs and major shifts in course offerings are just some of the tactics being employed to lure more students. As published by Jon Marcus, The New York Times When Steve Thorsett crunched the numbers, things looked… Continue Reading  

Analysts expect $3.6 billion Chemical-TCF deal to drive more acquisitions

Analysts expect $3.6 billion Chemical-TCF deal to drive more acquisitions

February 4, 2019

As published by Mark Sanchez, MiBiz The proposed $3.6 billion merger between Chemical Financial Corp. and TCF Financial Corp. would create a Midwest bank based in Michigan that’s able to compete with the largest national banks and that’s likely to… Continue Reading  

Chemical Bank to acquire TCF in $3.6 billion deal that creates Midwest powerhouse

Chemical Bank to acquire TCF in $3.6 billion deal that creates Midwest powerhouse

January 29, 2019

As published by Chad Livengood, Crain’s Detroit Business Chemical Financial Corp.’s $3.6 billion all-stock deal acquisition of TCF Financial Corp. to operate under the TCF Bank brand name will make it the largest midcap bank in the Midwest — and… Continue Reading