Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory Firm,, Seeks Experienced Managed Director for its Automotive Division

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Middle market M&A advisory firm seeks experienced deal maker for its investment banking division covering the automotive sector.

Investment bank Seeks Managing Director for its Automotive Division has initiated a search for a Managing Director for its automotive investment banking division. Working with members across the team, the new managing director is expected to arrive with a deep knowledge of the automotive sector, as well as extensive experience supporting clients on both the buy and sell side of mergers and acquisitions.

In 2015, there were unprecedented levels of M&A activity in the automotive sector and specifically in the automotive supply sector. “M&As in the automotive supply sector have been on the rise for several years but last year, the sector saw more activity than nearly any other,” observes Nate Nead, Director of Nead further emphasizes, “What’s most striking is the fact that in the automotive supply sector, we’re also seeing more megadeals, so both the number of deals and deal values are on the rise in North America.” While there are many reasons for the current wave of activity in the automotive supply industry, two factors appear to be driving this current wave: the rising costs faced by suppliers and rising auto sales. “This combination of factors is helping some suppliers capture big deals,” adds Nead.

In addition to its automotive division, has divisions focused on oil, gas and electricity, software and technology, shipping and logistics, and real estate. On the buy side, offers services ranging from assessments of management readiness to evaluation of financial capacity to negotiation support. On the sell side, the firm’s advisors support companies by providing expert valuations and finding and courting potential buyers. “There is strong reason to believe that the current wave of activity on the supplier side of the automotive industry will continue for some time,” says Nead, “That’s why there’s a pressing need for experienced M&A advisors to support clients in this sector and why we’re currently looking to bring someone with the right combination of automotive sector and M&A experience on to the team.” offers a full suite of services to its clients from raising capital and providing buy-side and sell-side M&A assistance to supporting public offerings and succession planning. plans to grow its automotive division along side its other divisions, including those in real estate, media, software, medicine and health, and the energy sector. “In North America, the automotive sector has historically been a major part of merger and acquisition activity,” says Nead, “But what we are seeing at the moment is still somewhat unique both in its concentration on the supplier side and in the number and size of deals.”

A subsidiary of Merit Harbor Group, LLC, is a full-service middle market investment bank working across the middle market. Based in the United States but with a global reputation, has offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Princeton, Las Vegas and Chicago. The firm’s experienced advisors provide clients’ with strategic advisory on selling companies, expansion through acquisitions and raising capital. works across sectors including real estate, healthcare, oil and gas, consumer goods, media, software, web-based enterprises and the automotive industry.

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