Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA (June 22, 2010)FOCUS LLC, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance services, announces that Peter Vaky has joined FOCUS as a managing director in its Atlanta, GA office. Mr. Vaky has more than 35 years of investment banking experience leading merger and acquisition, private equity investing, capital raising and structuring, and complex debt and equity transactions. In his capacity as head of various capital formation business units, Mr. Vaky managed over 1,000 transactions in the debt and equity markets with an aggregate value exceeding $200 billion.

According to Jonathan Wilfong, managing partner, southeast, of FOCUS, “Pete’s expertise includes capital raising in the international and domestic public and private debt and equity markets, mergers and acquisitions, valuation services, debt negotiation and restructuring, cross border and international transactions, as well as corporate finance. This vast amount of experience will be of great value to our clients.”

Before joining FOCUS, Mr. Vaky was the co-founder and managing partner of VVS CAPITAL, a private equity group dedicated to opportunities in logistics, energy, health care and business services with target companies in the middle market facing generational transition. He led the successful acquisition of James Brown Contracting Inc., the largest hauler of paper and packaging in the southeastern U.S.

Previously, he was a managing director and head of distribution and syndicated finance for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, managing director of global distribution for Bank of Montreal, managing director and section 20 principal for the debt trading group at Bank of America Securities, senior director for emerging markets trading at Continental Bank, group head for Continental Illinois Asia Ltd in Hong Kong and Sydney Australia, and the assistant representative for Wells Fargo Bank in Mexico City.

Mr. Vaky received his B.A. (with Distinction) in History and English from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from DePaul University in Chicago.


FOCUS LLC provides a range of middle market investment banking services with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate finance. FOCUS is a national firm serving clients from offices in major cities across the United States. 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 U.S. and worldwide. FOCUS bankers are seasoned operating and financial executives with extensive transaction experience. Securities transactions conducted by FOCUS Securities LLC, an affiliated company, registered Broker Dealer member FINRA/SIPC. For more information on FOCUS, visit www.focusbankers.com.

Kahla Cooper is the Director of Marketing at FOCUS. In this role, Ms. Cooper designs and implements the overall marketing strategy. Ms. Cooper works with each industry team leader to define programs in order to promote and brand FOCUS’ suite of capabilities.