By Bryan Livingston
Managing Partner and CEO
If you operate in the middle-market, you’ve likely heard of Capital Alliance Corp.’s (cadallas.com) long-time association with M&A International (MAI) — recently reorganized and rebranded under the Oaklins banner.
Established in 1985, Oaklins is a fully integrated and independent global M&A advisory firm that offers a unique suite of capabilities and advantages to middle-market businesses.
Oaklins’ reach is far and wide. The Oaklins investment banking team consists of 700 professionals in 40 countries who offer targeted industry expertise and decades of successful transaction experience to mid-market clients.
Oaklins’ bankers have long-standing, cross-border working relationships in place. For over three decades, Capital Alliance has been putting Oaklins’ relationships to work on behalf of our clients, both at home and abroad. Oaklins gives us mature response channels that we use to reach out globally. Our professionals, and those at all Oaklins firms, are knowledgeable of potential opportunities around the world — and right in our backyard.
Second, Capital Alliance and other Oaklins firms place highly experienced M&A professionals on each M&A engagement. Larger, diversified consultancies may use a sector leader to close a middle-market engagement and then hand it off to a junior execution team that does not have critical industry experience.
Third, the Oaklins’ model is conflict-free. We are transaction specialists who engage and get the job done. Although we enjoy long-term relationships with our clients, we are not looking to provide additional services after the completion of a deal. We don’t have audit, advisory and consulting arms that could create the risk of conflicts of interests among those roles.
Finally, we own the middle-market. As a boutique firm, Capital Alliance focuses entirely on middle-market deals, as do all Oaklins firms. We understand the middle and what makes it tick. We know where the opportunities lie and the behavior of the most important buyers and sellers in the industries that we serve.
Can larger firms focusing on big-cap deals offer that level of expertise to the mid-market? No. Certainly, they may reel in a few mid-market M&A opportunities, but it’s not their focus. We make middle-market our main meal, every day.
Under the new Oaklins structure and name, our firm and our colleagues worldwide have taken an important step to strengthen an already formidable global presence.