Investment Bank Seeks Experienced Restaurant Investment Banker

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Mergers and acquisitions advisory firm,, seeks experienced managing director for its restaurant and retail division.

Investment Bank Seeks Managing Director for its Restaurant & Retail Division, a division of Merit Harbor Group, LLC, has initiated a search for a managing director for its restaurant and retail investment banking division. This new member of the team will possess a broad knowledge of the restaurant and retail sectors and have a track record of supporting investors in these markets. Nate Nead, Director of, emphasizes that the restaurant and retail markets can be highly specialized and raise unique M&A risks: “The restaurant and retail markets are home to businesses of all sizes and not all owners and investors are intent on scaling up. After all, there can be a lot of value in keeping a restaurant or retail operation small and exclusive. For this reason, M&As raise unique risks in both sectors, but these are risks that can be managed with due diligence and an attentiveness to the markets’ specific volatilities.” Nead adds, “This is why we’re currently looking for a managing director for our restaurant and retail operation who has the capacity to bring a true depth of industry know-how and experience to the table.”’s restaurant and retail division is a new and rapidly expanding part of the firm. On the sell side,’s advisors can assist companies by providing expert valuations so they obtain the maximum payout possible. On the buy side, offers a range of services, including those targeting companies hoping to expand into global markets. “For beer and spirit producers, opportunities are growing in global markets at a much faster pace than they are in the United States. We know that rates of beer and spirit consumption in India and China, for example, are growing at two to three times the rate they are domestically,” observes Nead. “A U.S. based micro brewery that wants to enter one of these foreign markets by establishing a brewery and bar overseas has many opportunities, but choosing the right opportunity and ensuring the acquisition will result in a high ROI overtime requires expertise that goes well beyond beer craft,” says Nead, adding “fortunately, that’s precisely the sort of expertise that our restaurant and retail division can offer.”

Across its many divisions, offers a full suite of services from raising capital and providing buy-side and sell-side M&A assistance to supporting succession planning and public offerings. Along with growth in other sectors, including real estate, media, software and oil and gas, its restaurant and retail arm continues to expand and to support buyers and sellers alike. Nead says, “The candidate who assumes the position of managing director of restaurant and retail operations will play a key role in continuing to build this division and respond to the unique and increasingly global needs of our clients.”

A subsidiary of Merit Harbor Group, LLC, is a full-service investment bank that works across the middle market. A national firm with a global reach and offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Princeton, Las Vegas and Chicago,’s experienced advisors offer clients strategic advisory on selling companies, expansion through acquisitions, and raising capital.’s scope stretches across sectors, including real estate, healthcare, oil and gas, consumer goods, media, software, web-based enterprises and the restaurant and retail sectors. Interested parties are encouraged to follow the company blog at

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