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 2,117 lenders, investors, and transactional advisors (as of Nov 20, 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 33,835 Canadian companies (as of Nov 20, 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

F12.net
F12.net (“F12”), a leading Canadian Managed Service Provider (MSP), was executing on a highly successful acquisition strategy, and FirePower was engaged as the company looked towards the GTA area for expansion. The FirePower team built a comprehensive target list and crafted a story emphasizing F12’s amazing corporate culture.  Of the potential targets, Apps on Tap represented an exciting synergistic addition for F12, and with FirePower’s support, F12 acquired Apps on Tap in May, 2018.

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TFI
TFI is the largest distributor of specialty food preparation equipment and training programs in Canada, supplying over 10,000 locations. FirePower's investment banking team advised management on financing the buy-out of existing shareholders.

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Environics
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.

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FirePower’s team delivered what we needed: a term debt structure that is well thought out with respect to terms and conditions, and has enough flexibility to allow us to grow.
Jan Kestle, President and CEO, Environics Analytics