Mergers & Acquisitions
We leverage our extensive sector expertise and transaction experience to provide our clients with balanced and insightful judgment. Our team delivers a comprehensive range of advisory services for public and private companies, including buy-side, sell-side and going-private transactions, special committee advisory services, fairness opinions as well as corporate preparedness and takeover defense, strategic alliances, recapitalizations and restructurings.
Lastly, our deep understanding of the complexities involved in successfully completing cross-border transactions is well-respected by our clients.
Acting for financial sponsors, special committees of boards, or selling shareholders we can operate at the nexus of any process, assist in preparation of highly customized positioning for prospective acquirers, assist in negotiations and give impartial and objective advice about the merits of offers received.
Through our global network of relationships, we work with buyers to identify early prospective target companies and execute a coordinated plan to affect each assignment.
Cross Border Advisory
We work with clients through all stages of a transaction, including strategy development, target selection, partnership, negotiation, deal structuring and closing. Our focus is on ensuring proper communication and a complete understanding of both parties’ objectives in order to deliver a lasting structure that supports their economic and strategic visions.
We leverage our extensive global/local relationships to provide our clients with balanced and insightful judgment on corporate alliances.
Special Committee Advisory & Fairness Opinion Assignments
With decades of transaction experience, we bring a nuanced approach to advising company leadership. Our roles advising a Special Committee of a Board of Directors that has been formed due to conflicts related to a possible transaction include: stock-for-stock mergers, strategic asset divestitures, joint ventures, cross-border acquisitions, management-led buyouts, leveraged recapitalizations and financial restructurings. When requested, we also provide Fairness Opinions as part of our engagement.
Corporate Preparedness & Takeover Defense
Unlike most of our peers in the industry, GCA does not have conflicts with activist shareholders and we do not engage in business lines (i.e., prime brokerage, stock lending, trading, etc.) with hedge funds or activists shareholders. This results in our ability to provide an extremely thorough well considered and unbiased perspective on behalf of our clients.
GCA has demonstrated a thorough understanding of this complex sector and has experience working with our clients to monetize and protect their intellectual property. We have worked with companies as well as private equity and venture capital firms seeking to make decisions in the IP space.
Equity Capital Markets
We leverage our 100 years of combined transaction experience and more than 500 financings to create innovative equity and equity-linked capital solutions for our public and private company clients. We provide a comprehensive range of capital markets services including placement of common and preferred stock, equity-linked debt, and equity lines for acquisitions and roll-ups. In addition, we provide advisory services to growth companies contemplating pursuing an initial public offering in domestic and international capital markets.
Our sources of capital range from traditional venture and crossover firms to more non-traditional sources like hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds, public mutual funds and family offices. GCA’s commitment to this market enables our senior professionals to understand the dynamics that have an impact on private financing activity and to provide our clients with unbiased and informed advice.
Debt Capital Markets
We provide a comprehensive range of debt market solutions focusing on debt capital sources that are adept at servicing growth companies’ needs. They include not only traditional commercial banks, but also non-traditional sources such as business development corporations (BDCs), hedge funds, credit funds and private sources of debt capital.
Our commitment to this market enables our senior professionals to understand the dynamics that have an impact on private financing activity and to provide our clients with unbiased and informed advice.
Private Funds Advisory
GCA’s Private Funds team leverages over 80 years of combined transaction experience and multiple successful fundraisings for a variety of private equity strategies, including domestic and international buyout, venture capital, mezzanine, restructuring/turnaround, growth capital and real asset funds. We also provide secondary market liquidity to limited partners.
Our clients benefit from our experience-based advice and proven ability to customize the fundraising strategy to expedite their success The PFG team is committed to understanding the dynamics impacting private markets and to provide our clients with unbiased and experience-based advice.
Recapitalization & Restructuring Advisory
Our senior professionals bring to every client engagement a breadth of experience with debt capital markets, lenders of various types, and creditors perspectives.
In the event that a client needs to restructure its balance sheet and debt capital composition, we provide a comprehensive range of restructuring advisory services, including capital raising and rescue financing, distressed mergers & acquisitions, and assessment of strategic alternatives. We focus on developing and implementing innovative and efficient transaction structures that maximize value and satisfy the objectives of diverse stakeholders.
GCA combines the experience of our senior professionals with our global network to identify compelling investment opportunities in both direct investments and in venture capital and private equity funds.
In addition, we are actively involved in multiple segments of the principal investing market in Japan, largely through our mezzanine financing fund, Mezzanine Corp., which has invested over $500 million.