Divestitures, Acquisitions, Management Buyouts and Financing

Leading Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Boutique with Global Reach


Objectivity, integrity and independance: We build our relationships for the long term by closely protecting and defending your interests.

36 years
of Investment Banking Experience

400 +
Completed Transactions

$5 B +
Accumulated Deal Value

A well-executed and integrated acquisition can help your company make a giant leap forward from where it is today. Based on your criteria, we use proprietary databases to identify ideal acquisition candidates. Once the perfect target is found we will help you structure the best possible offer and work towards closing a successful transaction. Cafa can also help you acquire the business you currently work for. We have conducted a number of very successful Management Buyouts (MBOs).

Selling a business can be one of the most stressful events a business owner will ever encounter. The business sale process is complicated and disruptive. The process can be challenging because there are many unknowns: What is my business worth? Who should I contact? How should I contact them? How much information should I provide? How do I keep things confidential? How will my employees and customers react? How can I prevent my competition from finding out? Cafa has the answers to these and many other sale-related questions.

A successful financial structure establishes a proper balance between debt and equity ensuring optimal shareholder returns without endangering the company with too much debt.

Cafa provides practical, down-to-earth advice in several financial and corporate aspects to business owners, shareholders as well as company boards.

Our latest transactions

MBO Advisor

Cafa assisted Cowan Dynamics Inc. in connection with a partial acquisition of interest by certain members of its senior management team.

Buyside Advisor
has acquired
Business Services

Navacord, one of Canada’s largest commercial insurance brokers, has acquired TCIM, a managing general agent (MGA) headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Cafa sourced this investment opportunity for Navacord.

Sellside Advisor
has acquired
Autobus Bissonnette

Cafa advised the shareholders of Lucien Bissonnette Inc., a school bus transportation company, on the sale of their shares to Transdev Canada Inc., a strategic acquirer.

Buyside Advisor
has acquired

Cafa acted as financial advisor to FH Métal, a Breton group of companies specializing in the design, manufacture and installation of metal structures (doors, staircases, railings and other metal architectural items), in the acquisition of Escalier Hélicoïdal Indutriel (EHI), located in the Paris region.

Our latest publications

Selling a company
Earnout Clause – A Seller’s perspective

In many transactions an earnout clause (the “Earnout”) can bridge a valuation gap between the Seller and the Buyer.

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Selling a company
Preparing Your Business for Sale

In this newsletter, we outline some key elements that should be considered to effectively prepare oneself a few months or even years prior to a sale process in order to maximize value.

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Selling a company
Different Strategies for Selling Your Company Under Different Situations

There exist different strategies for selling your company. This newsletter examines three distinct ways of putting your company up for sale.

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Other subjects of interest
Retention Bonuses in M&A Transactions

Retention bonuses are a financial incentive to keep employees with a company.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some detailed answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

No, Cafa does not lend or invest money.

As an independent investment banker, Cafa acts solely as an intermediary to facilitate your company obtaining the best-suited financing it requires without any conflicts of interest. We typically arrange funding from $5 million upwards. You can contact us to assess your needs, whether for project financing, debt financing or equity financing. Here are some of our newsletters related to financing:

Depending on your industry and the size of your business, there are many go-to-market strategies to prepare your business for sale and maximize your value. The first step would be to reach out to an investment banker, who will be able to provide an initial valuation range and go-to-market strategy for your business. Look at our “The Investment Banker …the benefits of using one…” and “The Process of Selling Your Business” newsletters to prepare prior to your first meeting. Then, contact us here.

We’ve successfully executed many Management Buyouts (“MBOs”). Oftentimes at the onset, neither the company owners nor the employees actually believe the transaction is possible. Although each situation has its own challenges, an experienced advisor can help you realize your goal. See our Newsletters on the “Key Elements for a Successful Management Buyout” and their takeaways. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss the feasibility of your MBO project. And if you’re a company owner interested in selling to your employees, we can help you orchestrate that too.

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