Diamond Capital Partners Joins 'The Alliance of International Corporate Advisors', Expanding The Investment Bank’s Global Reach

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Diamond Capital Partners' New Member Alliance Benefits Clients Looking to Sell, Buy or Raise Capital, by Placing Deals in International Marketplace

Diamond Capital Partners (http://www.diamondcapitalpartners.com), a mid-market investment banking firm, is pleased to announce the formation of ‘Alliance of International Corporate Advisors’ (AICA; http://www.aoica.org), a global network of merger and acquisition (M&A) advisory firms. Diamond Capital Partners attended the AICA inaugural meeting in Miami Beach, Florida, on May 7-8, 2010, bringing together investment banking firms from the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, to launch the organization.

The Miami meeting culminated a year-long global organizational effort, where an optimal mix of industry-specialist, middle-market M&A advisory firms from six continents, gathered to found AICA. The operational objective of AICA is to provide unparalleled origination and joint execution capability to its members around the globe. AICA has been established with 29 member firms in 20 countries, focusing on middle-market M&A, corporate advisory and capital raising transactions, across multiple industry specialties.

David Herman, a Diamond Capital co-founder and Managing Partner, says, “Membership in AICA significantly extends our firm’s reach into the major business markets; our clients will undoubtedly benefit from our relationship with AICA members. We are now able to call on over 100 senior investment bankers worldwide, to assist in our transaction mandates – which allows us to facilitate assignments worldwide while assuring our clients that the entire global market is covered.”

AICA currently has member firms in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United States, France, Italy, Spain, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Romania, Serbia, Australia, Japan, China, Israel, India, Vietnam, and Egypt. The AICA membership represents a diversity of industry specialties, including emerging markets.

As a founding member of the AICA, Diamond Capital Partners’ will be able to increase their clients’ exposure in for-sale situations, by accessing AICA members on all six member continents, for an optimal pool of buyers. The firm will also be able to leverage their affiliate members’ relationships with local investment banking firms, and obtain international perspective and advice. This will, in effect, allow Diamond Capital to conduct a preliminary “international reality check”, and also allow them to obtain feedback about interest in their clients’ companies, in international markets.

Each of the AICA member bankers brings their unique contacts, expertise and market insights to the table, while providing other members with local market knowledge and buyer qualification. This also allows for the conduct of local due diligence, and assures that the local members know the right entry point into the market, for any given deal. This kind of market knowledge also allows Diamond Capital to better assist their clients looking to purchase companies overseas.

"We are pleased to welcome Diamond Capital Partners as a charter member of the AICA family," says Rachel Sargent, AICA’s President. “Diamond Capital brings their experience, track record of closing strategic transactions, and stellar reputation to our partners around the world. All of the founding members of this group have been closely screened and are the pre-eminent mid-market investment banks in their respective markets. This is truly an organization of entrepreneurs who have founded and built their own firms and understand the entrepreneurial experience, firsthand.”

This new affiliation with the AICA further demonstrates Diamond Capital Partners’ belief that providing their clients with real world, hands-on operational experience allows the firm to better understand their clients’ strengths and weaknesses, and to find creative ways to solve their funding or M&A dilemmas. The Diamond Capital Partners team has completed hundreds of successful transactions, ranging from $10 million to over $200 million in value.

About Diamond Capital Partners

Diamond Capital Partners is currently led by its five founding and managing members, David Herman, Bruce Kobritz, Mark R. Ross, Robert T. Smith and Robert K. Whyte, each of whom has extensive transactional and negotiating skills, along with significant, corporate operational expertise. Diamond Capital Partners is headquartered in Century City, Los Angeles, with additional operations in New York.

Diamond Capital’s goal is to maximize clients’ shareholder value by providing senior-level banking and corporate experience with an aggressive, precise auction process in mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. The firm focuses on privately held companies with revenues of up to $200 million, and serves transactional arenas such as advertising and media, food services, consumer products, business services, entertainment, manufacturing, healthcare, Internet and technology, real estate, medical devices, retail and distribution, and alternative energy.

The Diamond Capital team’s experience and expansive contact roster allows them to conduct high-end, efficient auctions, saving time and producing better-than-market valuations. Diamond Capital looks to take the most direct route in any given transaction situation; honing in on targeted opportunities, in order to present the best possible scenario to its clients, allowing the client to focus on, and attain, their most optimal deal results.

For further information and updates on Diamond Capital Partners, its individual management team members, completed transactions and services offered, please visit: http://www.diamondcapitalpartners.com.

About Alliance of International Corporate Advisors (AICA)

AICA offers global independent and innovative advice from M&A boutiques that are committed to mid-market transactions ($5-500 million US). The alliance amplifies the depth of knowledge and expertise of individual members to the benefit of AICA clients. AICA members deliver independent, innovative advice and know-how; and provide deep sector knowledge, M&A technical excellence and key relationships rooted at local business level to the benefit of both domestic and international clients. For more information about AICA and its member firms, please visit: http://www.aoica.org.

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