Grow your business to the next level

Your business started with a vision. Picked up speed through your passion, drive and determination. Now, to take it to the next level, you need to make a transformational move.

We can help you make that move.

Whether it’s raising new capital to fuel your growth or sourcing and negotiating an acquisition, we specialize in structuring transactions that meaningfully change the course and outlook of private, owner-operated companies.

Financing Advisory
When we aren’t investing our own capital, our network of 2,063 lenders, investors, and transactional advisors (as of May 21, 2018), allows us to source the right capital, i.e. with the right structure, pricing and terms. With optionality comes flexibility – if large publicly traded companies use investment bankers to source their capital – why shouldn’t you? They know that seeing a lot of proposals gives them leverage in negotiations, and ensures they aren’t agreeing to a sub-par deal.

As investment bankers, we create that optionality by staying close to our network, being a valuable source of deals for them, and presenting opportunities to them the way they want to see them. This makes sense for our clients no matter what the new capital is being used for, e.g. acquisitions, shareholder buy-outs, management buy-ins, growth, refinancing, etc.

Buy-side Advisory
When we are tasked with executing on an comprehensive acquisition strategy, our clients engage us because we are unrivalled in the country in terms of deal sourcing capabilities. Most other firms focus on delivering due diligence services, not finding and negotiating the right deal.

Underpinning those capabilities is our team of a half dozen origination analysts and associates, whose sole purpose is to keep their finger on the pulse (i.e. the intentions) of potential sellers. They track 34,525 Canadian companies (as of May 21, 2018), and can easily access targets in the US and elsewhere through their own research, other advisors in our network, and limited-access mergers and acquisitions marketplaces.

Market Insights
From the archives: August 2016

Can investment banks really help raise debt?
Most boutique investment banks in Canada have built their names on raising equity through the public markets for companies in the resources sector. In…

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Case Studies

TheRedPin
TheRedPin.com is a technology-enabled real estate brokerage whose agents close 2.5x more deals than the industry average. We advised them on raising growth capital, and then invested ourselves.

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Rhyno Equity Group
Rhyno is a private equity firm that acquires mid-market manufacturing companies in the GTA. Their partners engaged us to structure the debt component of a buy-out of a kitchen cabinet maker.

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Edmonton IT Company
We are engaged to find, negotiate and due diligence suitable acquisition targets for an Edmonton-based managed IT service provider executing on a nationwide roll-up of the industry.

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As with most situations involving shareholders, I realized early on that an investment bank could play a critical role in managing this sensitive transaction. The team at FirePower provided invaluable guidance and advice.
Dean Rookes, CEO of Corrosion Service