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LEAP Group was formed to acquire the assets of Metal Networks, an online quoting platform for metals distribution and procurement based in Austin, Texas.
LEAP Group's shareholders had not concluded a cross-border transaction, nor had they bought software assets from a pre-eminent venture capital firm before. They sought FirePower's help negotiating price and terms for Metal Networks, and structuring the financing for it.
LEAP brought us into the transaction at an advanced stage, and discussions were stale. We proposed fresh ideas on three contentious deal points, and retained new legal counsel (Texas-based, instead of Ontario-based) for our client, which helped resolve a few more issues.
Due diligence resumed with our guidance, and the deal closed shortly thereafter. Our insertion into the deal proved to be a catalyst that led to a win-win conclusion.
CSR Cosmetic Solutions
The owner of CSR had taken over the business out of bankruptcy. After successfully building it into one of the largest cosmetic contract manufacturers in North America, he was ready for a well-deserved retirement. A previous sale attempt (by a top-tier accounting firm) was unsuccessful in 2015.
F12.net (“F12”), a leading Canadian Managed Service Provider (MSP), was executing on a highly successful acquisition strategy. 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. With FirePower’s support, F12 acquired Apps on Tap in May, 2018.