Mergers & Acquisitions

We are distinctly positioned to assist our clients in achieving their strategic objectives through thoughtfully executed transactions.

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.

Sell-side Advisory

We leverage our independence, breadth of industry knowledge and global track record in our sell-side advisory roles.

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.

Buy-side Advisory

We have a strong record of successful buy-side advisory assignments with both public and private target companies.

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

Our sector expertise, transaction experience, and global/local footprint make us ideal partners to our clients in developing strategic opportunities in foreign jurisdictions.

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.

 

Strategic Alliances

The current global environment of short product lifecycles, low-cost production outsourcing and increased technology specialization continues to justify strategic alliances as a top business priority for many corporations.

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

Our team has expertise in guiding Special Committees to optimal outcomes, advising on high profile, sensitive and discreet situations.

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

GCA is regularly engaged to advise our clients – their boards of directors and management teams – in response to activist shareholders or other unsolicited shareholders activity.

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.

IP Advisory

The speed of innovation in the technology industry has created significant opportunities for patent-rich companies. Our firm has been one of the more active investment banks in the highly specialized Intellectual Property sector.

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

Our team serves as an advisor, agent and advocate on behalf of private and public growth clients across our industry sectors.

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

Our team serves as an advisor, agent and advocate on behalf of private and public clients across our industry sectors.

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

Our team serves as a financial advisor, agent, and advocate to private fund sponsors and limited partners worldwide.

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 team is qualified to guide companies through the complexities of financial recapitalization and when appropriate restructuring processes.

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 Capital

We opportunistically invest alongside our clients.

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.