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Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

Senior Writer

msanchez@mibiz.com

When times were tough, West Michigan advisers found deals were scant and there were but a few investments to arrange.

Gordon Lewis worked on his first bank merger 40 years ago as a first-year associate at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

In a 13-month period from July 2013 to August 2014, Acrisure LLC completed 25 acquisitions that took the insurance and benefits firm from $40 million in annualized revenue to more than $200 million. At the same time, it expanded its geography from three states to 14.

Working on Wall Street at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Christopher Roop was asked a few years ago by a colleague if he knew of anyone from his days at the former Bear Stearns who was still looking for work.

Perrigo Co.’s blockbuster $8.6 billion deal for Elan Corp. took just six weeks to put together.

The new financial institutions practice formed by Charter Capital Partners LLC in Grand Rapids seeks to tap into an emerging consolidation trend involving community banks.

Grand Rapids-based Founders Financial Corp. had always expected Founders Bank & Trust to remain an independent community bank, but a key deal for an Ann Arbor lender in January convinced directors to re-evaluate their plans.

An $8 million Health Sciences Center that opens this week gives Baker College of Muskegon added capacity and a modern facility to train students going into high-growth professions in health care.

Steelcase Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. expect single-digit sales growth to continue throughout the remainder of 2014.

The pendulum has swung and businesses with a good balance sheet will find credit more readily available today than they would have a few years ago, according to a group of West Michigan bankers.

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