• Family Firms’ Need for Control and Equity Financing Decisions

    June 30, 2019

    "As Cascadia Capital managing director Christian Schiller explains : The passage in December 2017 of a US tax revision that limits deductions on debt interest could hurt family-business entrepreneurs who rely on this forward-focused capital in order to innovate and expand. In response, an executive of a private equity (PE) fund – an investment vehicle that invests in enterprises not listed on a public stock exchange)stated that 'family-business entrepreneurs should embrace private equity funding."
  • Both Growing and Selling a Mid-Market Firm Takes Focus

    June 21, 2019

    "According to Firdaus Pohowalla, Cascadia Capital Managing Director, …..top of mind for many business owners right now is “to sell or not to sell” because the current merger and acquisition cycle is maturing and valuations are unlikely to exceed their current levels. This is particularly true here in the Pacific Northwest given the intense interest out-of-region and international buyers have in the well-run, high-growth middle market companies based here."
  • Broetje, other apple orchards sell amid consolidation trend

    February 15, 2019

    Two recent purchases of Washington state growers and packers of apples and other tree fruit signal a consolidation trend that will continue, according to Michael Butler of Cascadia capital and other industry and financial experts.
  • 2019 could be a blockbuster year for tech IPOs

    December 27, 2018

    “We are hearing that companies are speeding up their IPO processes to try get out in the first half of 2019 given the recent volatility in the public markets,” said Michael Butler, CEO of Seattle-based investment firm Cascadia Capital.
  • The benefits and pitfalls of scaling a tech company

    December 21, 2018

    Cascadia Capital, in partnership with the Puget Sound Business Journal, convened a group of technology thought leaders to discuss the merits and alternatives to various growth strategies and share stories from the trenches of scaling some of Seattle’s great technology companies.
  • Tree fruit companies changing ownership, others boost capitalization

    December 3, 2018

    Michael Butler shares with Capital Press his thoughts on the ongoing trend of consolidation and capital acquisition in the Tree Fruit Sector, while at the annual meeting of Washington State Tree Fruit Association in Yakima on December 3rd.
  • Governance and Compensation: The State of Family Business in the Pacific Northwest

    November 30, 2018

    At a recent Northwest Family Business Advisors meeting in Seattle, a group of expert family business advisors including Cascadia Capital shared key learnings from PFBI’s recently published survey, Governance & Compensation: The State of Family Businesses in the Pacific Northwest, and discussed ways to engage family businesses on topics such as business growth opportunities, succession and governance.
  • More funding for Pacific Northwest companies: Cascadia Capital will invest up to $500M via new ‘Investment Club’

    November 5, 2018

    Cascadia Capital Michael Butler told GeekWire that there’s a big opportunity to invest “patient capital” in family-owned and privately-held companies across the Pacific Northwest looking to retain independence or avoid institutional private equity funds.
  • All in the Family: There’s a new funding model for Pacific Northwest family businesses

    October 26, 2018

    Cascadia Capital's new investment club connects family businesses with out-of-state wealthy families so they can grow together.
  • Wealthy in the Hamptons Set Their Sights on Do-It-Yourself Deals

    September 14, 2018

    “Some wealthy people don’t like being in investment pools where they don’t have a say,” said Felix Herlihy, a managing director at Cascadia Capital, which specializes in the kinds of middle-market transactions family offices favor. “The thinking is by going direct their performance over time will be superior. In a way, it’s saying, ‘I’m a little bit smarter.’”
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