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June 01, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Relationships with Select Investment Banks

Private equity firms try to develop and maintain good business relationships with the various investment banks because the I-banks drive potential deal flow to the PE firms. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

When private equity firms exit their portfolio companies, some act as their own M&A advisor (private equity executives often have prior investment banking experience), but many PE firms hire investment bankers to represent them in the sale of their portfolio companies.

Which Investment Banks Do They Engage?

May 21, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Investment Banks Mostly Work the Sell-Side

Most investment banks work on the sell-side of a client engagement.

Why the Sell-Side?

The largest portion of compensation earned by an investment banker comes from the success fee. Consequently, bankers prefer to work on transactions with a high probability of closing. For reasons discussed below, sell-side engagements have a much higher probability of closing compared to buy-side engagements.

May 18, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Investment Banking – Industry Dynamics

At, we track investment banking firms, their preferred sectors and their key executives. We also predominantly serve investment bankers as customers and correspond with them daily. Consequently, we have a good pulse on M&A deal flow and changes in industry dynamics. Over the past eight years or so, we have seen an industry trend reversal. Five to eight years ago, we noticed a general consolidation within investment banking as smaller firms moved under the umbrella of larger firms. However, in the last few years, we are seeing the opposite – the investment banking industry becoming more fragmented as newly-created firms launch and scale with the help of third-party services.

April 03, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Interview – Nicholas Assef with LCC Asia Pacific

Nicholas Assef

About Your Firm…

LCC Asia Pacific is an independent investment banking firm operating out of Sydney and Brisbane in Australia. LCC was founded in 2004. The Firm provides both strategic consulting and investment banking services to both public & private corporate clients in the mid- to upper mid-market ($50 million and $1 billion in enterprise value), principally in the following sectors:

  • Engineering, Contracting & Complex Services
  • Oil Field, Energy & Infrastructure Services
  • Renewables, Water, Environmental & Waste Services
  • Industrials including Industrial Technology & “Smart Manufacturing”
  • Mining & Resources
  • ICT & Logistics

Describe the corporate market in Australia and Asia

While the U.S and Europe tend to have a broader number of companies in the mid-market, Australia and Asia markets typically look like an “hour-glass”. A market map would illustrate many smaller companies at the bottom, a number of larger companies at the top and lower concentration in the middle. Mid-market companies in Australia and Asia tend to get acquired when they demonstrate a number of key positive factors – hence the lower number of constituents.

Across Australasia pension funds tend to invest in mid-caps as they become “Stock Index Relevant”. You can then see valuations of many mid-caps become “full” in time from such index related investment inflows, and as a strategy, identifying those that are likely to be on this trajectory and acquiring them before they hit high valuations can be highly effective.

March 23, 2018 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Quality of Earnings – the Driver of M&A Due Diligence

During an M&A transaction, the buyer will often hire a reputable accounting firm to perform a “Quality of Earnings” (QE) analysis. As the name suggests, a QE analysis aims to determine the quality of a target company’s profits (the money the company keeps from sales minus operating cost). Ultimately, the buyer wants to verify that the reported earnings are repeatable – consistently repeatable.

What earnings are repeatable?