Ascend is a leading boutique M&A Advisory firm focusing exclusively on the middle-market. With a proven track record of closed transactions across the US, our extensive CPA knowledge and experience, along with our team of expert bankers and affiliates, allows us to generate successful outcomes for our clients.
Our focus is to stay TIME DRIVEN, identify the RIGHT BUYERS so we can generate the BEST OVERALL DEAL.
Our 150-day transaction process keeps deals from falling apart. Excess time kills most transactions. We employ a “Shark Tank” analysis, asking the right questions to generate a deep dive into the strengths and vulnerabilities of your company. This approach yields answers that prepares management for the diligence ahead, addressing issues timely and keeping positioning on track.
The “RIGHT” buyer is one that wants or needs your company strategically. Our ability to identify these buyers and engage them in a competitive bidding process is key to what sets us apart. Broad auctions cast a wide net that can lose many of the best buyers, waste time sifting through unqualified ones and risk confidentiality. Our job is to drop a targeted net into the “RIGHT” buyer pool facilitating the most advantageous match possible. These buyers can pay 25%+ more than other prospects due to their strategic needs and capabilities.
BEST OVERALL DEAL
Our valuation and deal terms strategies are designed to generate the best overall deal. Our extensive CPA experience offers us the unparalleled ability to identify and increase EBITDA add-backs most never see. We focus on maximizing cash proceeds in your pocket, while minimizing deal risk, through proper preparation. Structuring integral components such as working capital, escrows, advantageous tax positioning, rep & warranties and constructing back-end value opportunities, are all key to optimum deal success.
The Ascend team is comprised of our accomplished M&A professionals and an extensive network of affiliates.These include CEO’s, high level consultants, and industry experts located through the country allowing us to offer our clients more comprehensive industry knowledge and support.
Founder & Managing Member
Senior Accounting Advisor
W. Dale Behan
John Howard, II
IT & Web Consultant