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.
When we aren’t investing our own capital, our network of 2,244 lenders, investors, and transactional advisors (as of Jan 21, 2019), 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.
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 33,785 Canadian companies (as of Jan 21, 2019), 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.
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…
Rhyno Equity Group
Rhyno is a private equity firm that acquires mid-market manufacturing companies in the GTA. Rhyno's partners engaged FirePower to structure the debt component of a buy-out of a kitchen cabinet maker.
Environics Analytics (“EA”) is a leading North American provider of marketing and analytical services. The company needed financing to support its expansion plans in the US and Canadian markets, and wanted to secure capital from a senior lender that understood EA’s value drivers. FirePower surfaced numerous proposals, then negotiated and improved on the terms and conditions to the benefit of EA.
One of three equal shareholders of Corrosion Service, an infrastructure services company, approached FirePower, seeking to buy out the other two. Although this was a highly sensitive situation, we were able to raise the debt financing necessary for a successful close.