As we look back at a successful 2017, and look ahead to continued momentum in 2018, we would like to thank our clients and partners for entrusting us with your confidence over the past year. It is the success of our clients, partners and employees that drives us at Meridian – it is the core of who we are.
Over the past year Meridian has helped our clients complete transactions with an aggregate deal value in excess of $500M. We are appreciative of the opportunity to share our recent successes with each of you.
Continued Build-Out of Execution Team
We are always looking to attract top talent and last year we added three analysts, Joe Hiefield, Josh Aguilar and Erik Nilsson and Vice President, Giovanna Burns to our execution team. Building on this, we were delighted to be named a 2017 Best Workplace by Puget Sound Business Journal. As Meridian president Brian Murphy told the paper, “We have been fortunate to develop a unique culture based on teamwork, transparency and doing the right thing for our clients. Our employees live and protect this culture daily.”
Strengthening of Industry Practice Teams and Thought Leadership
Meridian’s continued commitment to strengthening our industry expertise was highlighted by the formation of a Food & Beverage Practice Group in early 2017. Today, the firm offers dedicated industry teams and leading middle-market capabilities across the Aerospace and Precision Manufacturing, Tech-Enabled Services, Consumer, Food & Beverage and Diversified Industrial sectors.
Additionally, Meridian published over a dozen industry research pieces and co-sponsored a variety of thought leadership events throughout the year. In May, we teamed to bring an insightful evening titled No Longer Just a Matter of Taste: Strategic Innovation in the Food and Beverage Industry, featuring a panel of luminaries from some of the Pacific Northwest’s most delicious brands. In September, we were privileged to co-host former Chanel CEO Maureen Chiquet in a discussion of her new book, Beyond the Label: Women, Leadership, and Success on Our Own Terms.
Over the past year we continued to bring international capabilities and transaction experience to our clients through our relationship with Global M&A. Members of our senior leadership team participated at M&A and industry conferences in North America, Europe, and Asia – sharing our thoughts on cross-border M&A trends and considerations.
Meridian Capital provided advisory services on engagements with clients located in Israel, Spain, Italy, China, and the United Kingdom. In Q1 2017, our aerospace client, HR Givon, was acquired by WiPro, a public company based in India.
Select 2017 and Q1 2018 Transactions
If we had the opportunity to work with you over the past 12 months, we sincerely appreciate your trust and collaboration. It has been a pleasure working with our partners in mutually serving our clients.