FOCUS, LLC Forms Information Technology Group

Washington, DC (July 1, 2008)FOCUS, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition and corporate finance services announces the formation of its Information Technology Group. Over the past several years, the most active industries for FOCUS services has been information technology. To better serve our clients in this segment, FOCUS has formally organized some of its most experienced investment bankers into a specialized team focusing on software, IT services, and transaction processing companies.

The FOCUS Information Technology Industry team is led by George Shea from the firm’s Southeast Region. Other team members include Jim Harper, also of the Southeast Region; Brad Balow, Marshall Graham and Manan Shah of the MidAtlantic Region; Michael Zook of the Midwest Region and John Bradshaw, Bob Netter, Laura Russell-Jones and John Simpson of the Western Region. This national team is complemented by Mark Braunstein, Dick Cook and Don Hollis; FOCUS Senior Advisors who as CEO’s built and sold leading edge technology companies prior to joining FOCUS. The group features seven former IT industry CEOs with extensive transaction experience.

“The formation of this industry team, focusing on the information technology industry, is a natural outgrowth of our past success providing merger, acquisition and capital formation services to the information technology industry,” said George Shea, Managing Partner of the group. “The largest segment of FOCUS’ business originated during the past three years came from clients in this industry, and we continue to execute an increasing number of IT transactions, including cross border deals.”

The formation of the Information Technology Group will allow FOCUS to direct its resources—including capital and top bankers-- to the information technology industry with the addition of specialized research talent, engagement execution personnel, and marketing and sales support.

Further details on the Focus IT Group can be found on the FOCUS Information Technology Group web page,, which features comments from clients, recent client engagements, and descriptions of the services that Focus provides. For more information please contact George Shea at [email protected] or by telephone at 404.491.1757.


FOCUS, LLC provides a range of middle market investment banking services across the U.S. and internationally with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate finance. FOCUS is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. FOCUS specializes in businesses 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 31 FOCUS bankers are seasoned operating and financial executives with extensive transaction experience. For more information on FOCUS, visit