Washington, DC (August 13, 2007) – FOCUS, LLC, a national investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition and corporate finance services to middle-market companies, announces its combination with Education Capital, LLC, advisors to entrepreneurs and investors within the business of education.
“Bringing these two businesses together is in line with FOCUS’ strategy of structural growth designed to ensure we are meeting the needs of mid-market companies,” said Doug Rodgers, CEO of FOCUS. “We see the education industry as a dynamic growth market perfectly suited to our firm’s strengths. The addition of Education Capital will allow FOCUS to better develop a robust practice to serve this important expanding market.”
Founded in 1997, Education Capital has garnered a national reputation for successfully advising dozens of profit and non-profit education companies and investors, leading to more than $100 million of transactions. Clients have included Accelerated School Project, Bonsal Capital, Co-nect, Inc., New American Schools, ThinkLink Learning, Total Education Solutions, and Vanderbilt University.
According to Bill Bavin, managing partner of Education Capital, “This combination is a win-win for both firms. As part of FOCUS, we can better leverage our successful track record with FOCUS’ national footprint, proven processes, and powerful research capabilities, to provide services to a broader group of education organizations nationwide.”
Bavin will join FOCUS as a managing director of the Washington, D.C. office and lead efforts in the education industry. He brings more than two decades of financial, business and management experience honed at Sallie Mae, Ferris, Baker Watts, and The Chase Manhattan Bank, in addition to the past decade as Managing Partner of Education Capital.
About FOCUS Enterprises, Inc.
FOCUS, LLC provides a range of middle market investment banking services across the U.S. with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate finance. FOCUS is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco. FOCUS specializes in business units with transactions or revenues in the $5-300 million range, serving entrepreneurs, corporate owners and various types of investors across a broad range of industries, throughout the US and worldwide. All 28 FOCUS bankers are seasoned operating and financial executives with extensive transaction experience. Securities transactions are conducted by affiliated NASD broker dealer, Wm H. Murphy Co. For more information on FOCUS, visit www.focusenterprises.com.