Boston, MA – Capstone Partners, a leading middle market investment banking firm, is honored to announce the receipt of several transaction and leadership awards from The M&A Advisor—the premier global network of M&A, Turnaround, and Finance professionals—at their recent Future of Dealmaking Summit. The event, held in New York, NY on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, included both the Emerging Leaders Awards and the 20th Annual M&A Advisor Awards.
The Annual Emerging Leaders Awards honors the achievements of outstanding young professionals who have reached a significant level of success in mergers and acquisitions, turnaround, and financing while still under the age of 40 and celebrates their accomplishments and contributions to progress in the industry.
2021 Capstone Partners Emerging Leaders Award Recipients include:
- Adam Brissette, a Director in Capstone’s Financial Advisory Services (FAS) Group. Adam has 15 years of experience in accounting, business valuation, financial consulting, and M&A. FAS Managing Partner Brian Davies shared, “Adam joined us two years ago and since then has helped shape our service lines. He has been a go-to team member for all of us in FAS. We are lucky to have had him join and we look forward to his continued rise.”
- Sarah Doherty, Vice President of Research. Sarah joined Capstone in 2016 and oversees the firm’s Research team including the development of middle market insights and reports that have been featured in many of the nation’s top news outlets and industry publications. Todd McMahon, Head of Investment Banking at Capstone, commented, “This award is very well deserved as Sarah has a unique combination of leadership, insight, and professionalism that truly make her stand out in her field.”
- Crista Gilmore, a Director in Capstone’s Building Products & Construction Services Investment Banking team. Darin Good, Managing Director and Head of Capstone’s Building Products and Construction team stated, “Crista Gilmore is the complete package and makes our team better. There is nothing she can’t do at a very high level. She is hyperintelligent, competitive, hardworking, and detail oriented, combined with being thoughtful, funny and a servant leader. It is an honor to work with such an amazingly talented and humble person every day.”
- Paul Koeniger, Vice President of Business Development. Paul has nearly 10 years of experience in financial services and uses his talents to cultivate relationships for Capstone within the private business owner community, introducing them to the firm’s full suite of services. Peter Asiaf, Head of Business Development at Capstone, added, “Paul joined Capstone Partners as Vice President of Business Development in 2019. In very short order, it became evident that the application of his strong institutional finance acumen, leadership qualities, and uncommon commitment to Capstone’s mission helped him achieve immediate results for the firm. He is now a key member of the team respected for his ability to build trusted relationships with business owners across multiple sectors.”
Pictured second from left: Paul Koeniger, Vice President of Business Development at Capstone Partners
“As an organization, we have always believed that our awards programs stand as an oasis for inspiration and celebration of achievement. Over the past 18 months, we have witnessed notable contributions from these emerging leaders in the face of tremendous economic turmoil and uncertainty. Truly, the Emerging Leader Awardees we are honoring this year are the best and the brightest. They are the future of the M&A, finance, and turnaround industry,” said Roger Aguinaldo, Founder and CEO of The M&A Advisor.
In addition, Capstone Partners was awarded M&A Deal of the Year ($50mm-$75mm), announced at the 20th Annual Awards Ceremony, for having advised for having advised American Sentinel University on its sale to Post University. American Sentinel University is a leading regionally accredited university, providing online education and professional development to the nursing and healthcare management communities through affordable and flexible bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral nursing degree programs. The transaction, closed in February 2021, was led by Managing Director and Head of M&A, Jacob Voorhees, and Senior Director, Shawn Keenan. Voorhees commented, “It’s a great honor to receive this award from M&A Advisor. Closing a nursing and medical education deal in a highly regulated environment during COVID is not for the faint of heart! However, we are most excited for the shareholders of American Sentinel that were able to realize the benefits of 20 years of hard work building the business.”
Pictured left: Jacob Voorhees, Head of M&A at Capstone Partners
The 20th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala honored the professionals whose activities set the standard for M&A transactions. This year, over 200 nominees, representing over 500 companies, became finalists for the awards.
“The award recipients represent the finest in the M&A industry this past year and earned these honors by standing out in a group of extremely impressive finalists,” said Roger Aguinaldo, Founder of The M&A Advisor. “From lower middle market to multibillion-dollar deals, we are recognizing the leading transactions, firms, and individuals that represent the highest levels of achievement.”
ABOUT THE M&A ADVISOR
The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on M&A activities. Over the past twenty-two years they have established the premier global network of M&A, Turnaround, and Finance professionals. Today, they have the privilege of presenting, recognizing the achievements of, and facilitating connections between the industry’s top performers throughout the world with a comprehensive range of services. For more information, visit www.maadvisor.com.
ABOUT CAPSTONE PARTNERS
Capstone Partners is one of the largest independently owned investment banking firms in the United States. For over 20 years, the firm has been a trusted advisor to leading middle market companies, offering a fully integrated range of expert investment banking and financial advisory services uniquely tailored to help owners, investors, and creditors through each stage of the company’s lifecycle. Capstone’s services include M&A advisory, debt and equity placement, corporate restructuring, special situations, valuation and fairness opinions, and financial advisory services. Headquartered in Boston, the firm has 175+ professionals across the U.S. and an international presence including over 450 professionals in 43 countries. With 12 dedicated industry groups, Capstone delivers sector-specific expertise through large, cross-functional teams on a global basis. For more information, visit www.capstonepartners.com.
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