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 2,087 lenders, investors, and transactional advisors (as of Jul 23, 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 34,059 Canadian companies (as of Jul 23, 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

Pita Pit Canada
Pita Pit Canada ("PPC") is the franchisor to 228 Pita Pit locations across Canada. FirePower's Investment Banking team was engaged to arrange financing for its acquisition of a majority interest in Pita Pit International ("PPI"). FirePower generated multiple proposals from prospective lenders, negotiating and structuring favourable terms and pricing with a lender interested in supporting PPC's future expansion plans.

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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. We advised management on financing the buy-out of existing shareholders.

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Corrosion Service
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.

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As this was the first time we went outside our founders’ circle of family and friends to raise non-dilutive capital, I wanted to make sure I knew all my options. FirePower proposed to do a survey of likely lenders, on a no-name basis; their survey would give me concrete feedback on the likelihood of our raise, while LOT retained the flexibility of anonymity. After positive responses from lenders, the Board decided to formally task FirePower with raising the necessary capital. FirePower proved to be very creative and relentless in their pursuit of the right deal for LOT.
George Achilleos, President of Live Out There