Washington, DC (April 17, 2008)FOCUS LLC, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance services, announces that Jim Millar has joined the Atlanta office as a managing director. With more than 20 years of financial and business expertise, Millar has advised, managed and led more than 40 transactions worth an aggregate value of more than $1 billion.

“Jim’s work in the healthcare industry, coupled with his expertise as a senior executive with middle market companies, made him a choice candidate for FOCUS’ Atlanta office,” said Jonathan Wilfong, southeast regional managing partner of FOCUS. “His expertise in both private placements for middle market companies and buy and sell side transactions will be an excellent addition to our FOCUS team.”

Before joining FOCUS, Millar was founder and managing principal of The Vine Group, a business advisory firm focused on the healthcare and medical device industry. At the Vine Group, he closed more than $150 million in private placement transactions. Although his primary focus at The Vine Group was healthcare services and life sciences, as evidenced by the sale of a healthcare technology and services company to Aetna, Millar successfully completed sale and financing engagements for middle market companies in the manufacturing, distribution, software and recreation industries.

Prior to The Vine Group, Millar served as corporate vice president of strategic development of TheraTx, Inc., a fast-growing healthcare services company. Leading the identification, valuation and integration of strategic acquisitions for the company, Millar completed several key transactions at TheraTx including the purchase of a large senior care facility operator and management company.


FOCUS LLC provides a range of middle market investment banking services with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate finance. FOCUS is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles 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 U.S. and worldwide. FOCUS bankers are seasoned operating and financial executives with extensive transaction experience. Securities transactions conducted by Wm. H. Murphy & Co., Inc. registered Broker Dealer member FINRA/SIPC. For more information on FOCUS, visit www.focusbankers.com.

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