Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.’s (Edwards) Investment Banking group is an established and growing middle-market mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and capital raising financial advisory practice. The Investment Banking team focuses on advising clients primarily in the consumer, services and industrial sectors. Our team has a highly successful record of selling companies and providing guidance on capital requirements, structure and availability.
The group’s senior investment bankers have over 100 years of collective investment banking experience providing a full range of M&A services and corporate finance advice to business owners and company leaders. Our approach is to understand the strategic and financial objectives of each client, and then structure the engagement to meet the client’s needs by providing the best solution.
The Edwards team excels at assisting our clients in evaluating strategic alternatives, planning and executing successful exit strategies and acquisitions, and providing impartial advice on sourcing required capital.
Selling Middle-Market Companies
Selling a business can be complex, but our experienced team of highly accomplished investment bankers successfully manages the transaction from engagement to completion. We are a creative and tenacious team that listens well, advocates for our clients and delivers results.
The Edwards investment banking team understands the selling process and provides senior leadership and involvement throughout the engagement. Our investment banking team has extensive experience in each key element of the selling process including:
Reviewing client objectives and understanding the business in depth
Presenting and positioning the business
Targeting and approaching potential buyers
Communicating with potential buyers
Managing due diligence
Negotiating optimal terms and agreements
Closing the deal to achieve maximum value
Our years of experience in investment banking have shown us the importance of managing the ups and downs of each transaction. We maintain a positive and pragmatic perspective throughout the process, while upholding strict confidentiality. Our goal is to always meet or exceed client expectations.
Advising on Buying Companies
We advise business owners and senior leaders on potential acquisitions and related capital requirements. We develop a framework and approach for acquisitions, identify potential targets, contact prospects, perform informal market valuations and negotiate transactions for buyers.
In addition, when appropriate, we assist clients in locating the optimal type and structure of debt and/or equity capital to fund an acquisition.
Advising on Capital Raising
We advise clients on the optimal way to access capital from both banks and alternative debt and equity financing providers. We bring an experienced and impartial perspective to our capital raising clients. We assist clients in connection with funding a planned or potential acquisition, or in raising debt or equity financing to fund the operations and/or growth of the business.
Our experienced team works with each client to review capital market conditions and funding alternatives. We customize the approach to meet specific client requirements, with a focus on matching the capital structure to the business.