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Benning Associates' M&A practice is built upon the premise of becoming a trusted advisor to our clients, providing them with sound advice and not simply the expedient answer.

Having spent most of our banking careers in the middle market, we are respectful of the trust our clients place in us - particularly founder and family-owned businesses. We are cognizant that we are intermediaries, not principals.

We view our job first and foremost being one of creating multiple financial options for our client, helping them sort through what is best for their company and its investors, and then banking that deal as best as possible.

James Geshwiler

James Geshwiler

Managing Partner - CommonAngels

Talking about changes in M&A banking and working with Greg Benning.

Core Values

Our A-Team At BA there is no B-team. Our relationship bankers are our execution bankers. We don't hand off deals to out-of-town industry or product groups. We don't have separate pitch and execution teams. The team the client knows is the team the client works with.
Client Focus We believe that each of our clients, their circumstances, objectives and opportunities, is unique and demands our full attention. We don't believe that "one size fits all." And we don't have the "small deal phobia" of large banks.
Leverage Our Experience BA has more experience than other banks our size. We put that to work. We leverage our network and related transaction experience to generate better options for our clients and superior execution.
Idea Driven We are idea driven. We drive to see and build the strategic value. We are not a slave to deal precedents. Our clients expect us to deliver real thought, process and executional leadership.
Outperform We will outperform other "full-service" investment banks. We will go the extra mile and develop the creative option. We will dig deeper and work to understand our clients better than anybody.
Independence and Objectivity We are dedicated to offering our clients independent and unbiased advice. We do not have potentially conflicting brokerage, capital markets or lending activities.