David Roberts leads the Automotive Group at FOCUS Investment Banking, a team of six professionals with deep experience advising on mergers, acquisitions and capital formation to entrepreneurs, acquirers and investors in the automotive aftermarket.
David brings unparalleled knowledge and experience to his work in the automotive industry. In 1995, he co-founded Caliber Collision, the world’s first and now its largest collision repair consolidator. As Chairman of Caliber through 2003 and the initial leader of its Corporate Development team, he wrote the book on how to change, grow and thrive in this intensely competitive industry. Helping raise more than $125 million in capital for Caliber and other providers, he also led the acquisition of 37 individual shops and Multiple Shop Operators at Caliber.
David and his team have established themselves as the premier advisor to collision repairers to paint distributors where they have closed more than ten transactions in the last two years including some of the largest in industry history.
Prior to his work at Caliber, David Roberts was a securities analyst and portfolio manager with a hedge fund where he focused on healthcare investments. Using the third party payor, risk sharing model from his healthcare work, he helped form and capitalize a specialized auto claims adjusting and reinsurance enterprise.
A Managing Director of FOCUS since joining the firm in 2003, he has led numerous engagements in a variety of industry sectors. He has more than 20 years experience advising sellers and buyers of middle-market companies. During his career, he has represented clients in more than $750 million of transactions, consummating multiple mergers, acquisitions and financings. His executive experience also includes service as a founder, officer and director of both public and private companies – including an IPO of the largest franchisee of Chuck E. Cheese.
Mr. Roberts holds a JD from Berkeley Law at the University of California where he has been an Adjunct Lecturer since 2003. He earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University. Mr. Roberts also served as an officer in the US Navy.
Managing Director and Automotive Group Team Leader
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