Photo: Craig LadkinWashington, DC and Los Angeles, CA (February 22, 2011)FOCUS LLC, a national middle market investment banking firm providing merger, acquisition, divestiture and corporate finance services, announces that Craig Ladkin has joined FOCUS as a Senior Advisor in its Los Angeles, CA office. Mr. Ladkin has 25 years of experience managing financial and development transactions in a large variety of industries.

According to Paul Richey, Managing Director, West, of FOCUS, “Craig’s vast experience with all types and sizes of clients makes him a tremendous asset to FOCUS. Craig has worked with very large clients such as the World Bank, IFC, and the Treasury Departments of more than a dozen OECD nations, along with their state-owned power and utility companies. He has also worked with smaller organizations, including angel level investments, small city urban renewal projects and private schools. We are thrilled to have him on board.”

Mr. Ladkin entered investment banking in the 1980s upon joining Nomura Securities in London to help establish their derivatives and risk management operations. Later he joined AIG Financial Products to build a client base in Scandinavia and northern Europe, managing hundreds of groundbreaking transactions up to $1.5 billion. Returning to the US as Managing Director, North America, he focused on the Canadian public sector. Mr. Ladkin has advised and managed transactions for the Treasuries of Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Belgium, Denmark, Canada, the World Bank, IFC, African Development Bank, Hydro-Quebec, BC Hydro, Ontario Hydro and many multi-national corporations and financial institutions.

Mr. Ladkin founded Wildflower Developments Corporation where he’s won awards for restoration of historic buildings, co-founded two private schools, and advised the public sector on urban renewal projects. He has advised and invested in a number of angel companies including Productivity Works, a leader in Voice Recognition Technology (acquired to Microsoft), PhotoChannel Networks (digital imaging processing), and Swan Island Networks (critical information distribution and secure information sharing).

Mr. Ladkin holds an MBA in International Finance and Marketing from the renowned London Business School in London, England. He also holds a BSc in Geotechnical and Petroleum Engineering from the University of British Columbia.


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


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