The first thing any company should consider when merger talk is in the air is to assess who the would-be or potential merger candidates are. Madison Street Capital, the Chicago-based boutique investment firm, does all the legwork for small and medium size companies that are looking for the right merger or acquisition partner. That is one of the reasons Madison Street Capital is a finalist for the 15th annual M&A Advisor Awards. The M&A advisor awards are the best of the best in the financial industry. When co-founders Charles Botchway and Anthony Marsala got the news, they both realized all their hard work, and the Madison Street Capital reputation was finally paying off in an industry that is over competitive and narcissistic. But those terms don’t describe Botchway and Marsala’s business traits. Both men have down-to-earth accomplishments in valuations and financing as well as in pairing companies for future financial and operational challenges.
Madison Street Capital is not the merger and acquisition firm that would pair Google with Microsoft or Merck with Pfizer. Those deals are in another merger category. The chances of securing regulatory approval for deals like that are slim to none. Madison Street likes to work with companies that are producing revenue of $500 million or less. The giant mergers have more moving parts, and Botchway and Marsala know those big mergers never work out the way they start. Shareholders plan an important role in mergers and acquisitions and getting shareholder to agree when mega-millions are on the table is very hard to do. Madison Street Capital likes the small dream mergers that bring two companies together, so they can fulfill their revenue dreams. A good example of one of those dream mergers is the Acuna & Associates S.A. merger with Dowco. Madison Street is a finalist for the M&A Advisor Awards because of that complicated, but successful, merger.
In an effort to identify dream mergers, Tony Marsala interacts with companies in emerging markets. Those markets are often overlooked by other investment firms because of language issues or political complications. But Marsala knows the South American market, and he is responsible for some of the new growth that is giving Madison Street more credibility in the M& A industry. Even though Madison Street Capital is a Chicago-based company, the firm has a presence in several other countries, and that exposure is a big reason why Madison Street is one of the best boutique investment firms in the business.
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