Seeks Experienced Managing Director to Lead its Sports Investment Banking Practice

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Middle market M&A advisory and investment banking firm seeks experienced deal maker to lead its sports practice.

Investment bank Seeks Managing Director for its Sports Division seeks an experienced merger and acquisition advisor to lead its sports investment banking division. Working with advisors across the firm, this new member of the team will have experience in capital raising and mergers and acquisitions, as well as specific experience working with sports-related businesses, including but not limited to major league sports teams, independent leagues/franchises, large sport corporations, sport consultants and start-up companies focused on the sports market. has an established reputation supporting sellers and buyers in the sports industry and is currently looking to grow this lucrative niche market division under the leadership of an experienced industry advisor. “The sports sector is unique on many levels,” says Nate Nead, Director of Nead further emphasizes, “Compared to other sectors, including real estate, energy and software, there are relatively few deals in the sports industry but the deals that do close are usually highly lucrative.” Nead also adds, “Because sports is also entertainment, acquisitions in the sports sector are often public events—it’s not just investors and industry players who are watching but in some cases, also fans—this can throw all sorts of curveballs into a process that usually unfolds behind the scenes.” has an established history of supporting clients in the sports industry. Among other services, advisors offer support to sports sector clients with capital raising and mergers and acquisitions. Specifically, has a reputation for helping clients court prospective buyers, carry out expert valuations, and acquire acquisition financing. Nead emphasizes that since mergers and acquisitions in the sports sector frequently involve players in other industries, including the food and beverage and media industries, has a distinct advantage over many other investment banks currently offering M&A advising to sports teams, leagues and franchises.

“Working in this niche market requires sector-specific experience and that’s why we’re looking for someone with substantial sports industry experience to lead the division,” says Nead, “But unlike many other sectors, in sports, prospective buyers may or may not already be in the sports game. In sports, a prospective buyer is just as likely to be a fan with the capital required to purchase a team they have previously backed from the sidelines.” Nead further explains, “For this reason, when is courting prospective buyers in the sports sector, we’re not simply drawing on our established sports clients but also looking across sectors—based on experience, this is often where one finds the most available buyers. In this way, the firm’s breadth is a major strength when working to close sports sector deals.” offers a range of services to clients from succession planning to buy- and sell-side merger and acquisition assistance. In addition to its sports division, has advisors working across sectors, including but not limited to software, technology, medicine and health, real estate, manufacturing, energy and media.

A subsidiary of Merit Harbor Group, LLC, is a full-service investment bank that works across the middle market. is a national firm with offices in Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Princeton, Chicago and Las Vegas. Strategic advisory on buying and selling companies, expansion through acquisitions, and raising capital are just some of the services offered by’s experienced advisors across sectors, including the sports industry.

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