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Columbus, Ohio Office

CFA Columbus is one of the original founding offices of CFA, which, in turn, is one of the largest and oldest private investment banks in North America serving the middle market.  Our securities licensed and registered professional M&A advisors also bring prior senior level entrepreneurial and corporate experience to their roles as investment bankers. Imagine the advantage of tapping into the negotiating skills of a CFA principal who knows both sides of a transaction.

Our commitment to remaining independent from any investment, accounting, legal, or lending affiliates ensures that we deliver unbiased guidance. We represent only one side, your side. And we do so in the context of our own Registered Broker-Dealer, Corporate Finance Securities, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, to protect our clients from the threat of deal rescission post-close and the potential legal liabilities associated therewith.

Selling, buying, or capitalizing a business is a complex process that requires thorough preparation, skillful negotiation, and intimate knowledge of markets. With CFA, you work locally with a senior principal who can provide expert valuation, analysis, and negotiating skills, while gaining you preferred access to the international network of CFA advisors, as well as, the universe of potential buyers, sellers, and sources of capital.

The M&A professionals in CFA’s Columbus, OH office deliver the full range of our investment banking services regionally while drawing upon our international resources when and as appropriate. The primary focus of the Columbus office is as follows:

  • Geography – The State of Ohio and its contiguous states out to Indianapolis on the West, Detroit to the North, and Pittsburgh/Wheeling to the East
  • Industry Sectors – Manufacturing, Distribution, and B2B Services
  • Advisory – Mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, financing, strategic/exit planning
  • Company Size – $5 to 200 Million in Annual Revenues
  • Client Types – Operating Companies, Private Equity Groups, Management Teams, Individual Investors
  • Representations – Buy-Side seeking acquisitions, Sell-Side seeking full or partial exits

Columbus Team

We partner with our clients to facilitate the valuing, buying, selling, and capitalizing of businesses. We manage the complex, comprehensive, and confidential process from planning through closing, allowing our clients to focus on leading their businesses while we focus on maximizing their transaction ROIs.

Our process has been well honed over decades of success. We bring with it a wealth of resources, established protocols, industry contacts, and an intimate understanding of the expectations of all parties to a transaction.
 
Our advisors are all senior. We are well experienced executives from prior corporate, entrepreneurial and investment banking careers who have “walked in your shoes”.

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Robert P. St. Germain

Bob St. Germain is a Managing Director and Principal of Corporate Finance Associates who brings over 35 years of leadership experience from service in the military, from executive level positions... Read More »
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Steve Hauser

Steve Hauser is a Managing Director with Corporate Finance Associates, and has 30+ years experience in general management, sales, and corporate development ... Read More »
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Thomas Washbush

Thomas Washbush is General Counsel and Director of Acquisition Services for the Ohio Region of Corporate Finance Associates. With more than 16 years in corporate law and... Read More »
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Charles E. Washbush

Charles Washbush is a Founder and Senior Partner of Corporate Finance Associates. With over 25 years experience in corporate finance and investment banking, following years of hands-on experience... Read More »

Choosing an investment banking firm is not easy. For many business leaders it is often a once in a lifetime decision.  If you harbor any doubts about the next step, call us. Selecting an experienced and knowledgeable firm that is a strong advocate for your interests will provide the confidence and security inherent in making the right decision.