Issue 2 2021

48 Acquisition International - Issue 2 2021 industries, has given our team a unique perspective of the transactional needs of investors and business owners.” CLC employs a c o m p r e h e n s i v e formula for speaking with business owners, private equity, family offices and corporations making acquisitions. The firm’s approach is proprietary and private; however, it has made the firm one of the most successful M&A advisory firms in the US for several years. “Over the past five years, the firm has won two awards for Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year,” Brent elaborates. “The firm has also won numerous other awards, including Dealmaker of the Year, 8 Deal of the Year Awards, and one of the team members was named to Rising Star, 40 Under 40 Dealmakers of the Future.” The US market, like the world market, has been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. However, Caddo Lake Capital has outperformed the M&A Advisory industry during these times. In 2020, CLC nearly achieved a record year in the company’s history, but also in the history of the founders in the industry reaching back 14 years. And the future, according to Brent and the team, looks ever brighter. “Five times in the history of the firm and its founders, the company has completely sold out of its inventory. Some would say, “You’re only as good as your NEXT deal.” As a result, our business always is about what have you closed, what are you about to close, and what is the pipeline of what you will close next. After 14 years and a prolific number of closings, the firm has proven it will continue this outstanding track record.” Company: Caddo Lake Capital Contact: Brent D Earles Website: Supporting You From Beginning To End addo Lake Capital (CLC) is a boutique M&A advisory firm exclusively serving privately held and closely held businesses worldwide. With a strong emphasis on wildlife and the preservation of nature and the environment, the firm’s namesake was chosen to represent the lake and bayou (Caddo Lake) on the Texas/ Louisiana border. The Caddoans, an Indian tribe who resided in the area until the late 19th century, were known for their friendliness and helped to give The Lonestar State of Texas its name – something which is reflected in the state’s motto to this day: Friendship. “At Caddo Lake Capital, we sit between entrepreneurs and the capital markets, providing a strategic pathway for successful mergers and acquisitions,” explains Brent Earles, who along with Fred McCallister, are the firm’s founding partners. “We provide white-glove service at Caddo Lake Capital on both the buy side and sell side of transactions.” CLC sources proprietary opportunities for buy side clients, carefully orchestrating ideal partnerships capable of creating outstanding returns. Whether a corporation, a private equity group, or a family office, clients can be confident that the Caddo Lake Capital team will be dedicated to their strategy. “We provide valuable feedback during the search process, and diligently support the entire process to ensure that every phase of the transaction is successful from the initial introduction through closing.” The team at CLC also enthusiastically represents owners of businesses. Deal after deal, it strives to consistently produce premium valuations for business owners, while also bringing forward investment partners with ideal chemistry for future success. “Our culture is warm, encouraging and inviting,” states Brent enthusiastically, proving that teamwork really is a key differentiator in the firm’s success against competitors. “We are a close-knit group with high respect for each other, and we love how much of a difference we make in the lives of the people involved in our transactions.” In their 70+ years of combined experience, the firm’s team has executed mergers and acquisitions totalling more than $2 billion, serving as advisors on a broad range of businesses and transactions across healthcare, telecommunications, business services, software, multi-unit operations, manufacturing, industrials, specialty retail, consumer products, information technology, media and entertainment, and distribution. “Our decades of experience representing both buyers and sellers in the private markets, as well as having experience across many C Caddo Lake Capital is a Dallas based mergers and acquisitions firn that specializes in the buy and sell side of transactions. We speak to Brent Earles and find out more about what makes the firm, and its close-knit team, so successful. Aug20189