Los Angeles, CA — FocalPoint Partners LLC, a leading middle market investment bank, is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Nishen Radia and Managing Director Clay Bryan have been named as “Top Private Equity Advisors” for Year 2020 by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Concurrent with this recognition, FocalPoint has formed a new Financial Sponsors Group to be led by Mr. Bryan in Los Angeles. The Financial Sponsors Group will service private equity groups and their portfolio companies with a comprehensive suite of M&A, financing, and restructuring services.
Radia is Co-founder of FocalPoint and has served as principal financial advisor on numerous high-stakes transactions in the consumer, personal care, and business services sectors. He counts a number of private equity firms and their portfolio companies among his roster of clients. Notable transactions include advising Audax Private Equity on the sale of CoolSys to the Private Equity Group of Ares Management, advising PNC Riverarch on the sale of Electrical Source Holdings to Greenbriar Equity, and advising Easy Ice, a portfolio company of Saratoga Capital Management, on its sale to Freeman Spogli.
Bryan has 20 years of experience in sponsors coverage, M&A, debt and equity capital markets, and restructurings, providing solutions to investors ranging in size from middle market to large multi-strategy asset managers. Mr. Bryan has advised privately-owned and publicly-held companies across a range of industries. He has worked at both bulge bracket and boutique investment banks, structuring and executing transactions including high-growth M&A deals, leveraged financings in support of LBOs, distressed situations, and minority investments in the U.S. and internationally.
Clay Bryan commented, “FocalPoint has scaled its business by combining best-in-class industry and multi-disciplinary product expertise to deliver outstanding results for clients in good times and bad. Today, our firm is exceptionally well positioned to serve financial sponsors throughout the life cycle of an investment, and we could not be more excited to continue investing in and growing our relationships with private equity and other investors.”
“Clay is the right choice to lead the firm’s Financial Sponsors Group,” noted Nishen Radia, Managing Partner. “Like other Managing Directors at the firm, he excels in both healthy and distressed company transactions and understands the credit markets well. This breadth of product capabilities is unique in the marketplace and has been a fundamental tenet of our firm since its formation.”
Duane Stullich, Managing Partner, added, “As we continue to grow the firm, strategic deployment of our talent is key. We believe Clay has the vision, experience, and tenacity to lead our Sponsors coverage, and we are thrilled he has taken on this challenge.”
“In addition to M&A and Sponsors coverage, Clay is very experienced in debt placements and is a fantastic addition to our Capital Markets business. This practice now has seven dedicated senior professionals across the U.S., making it one of the larger middle market Private Debt and Equity Capital Markets groups in the country,” noted Rajesh Sood, Managing Partner.
Clay Bryan is the seventh senior professional to join the firm in 2019-20, including Rob Deutschman in Los Angeles, Hector Torres in Chicago, Michael Brill, Richard NeJame, and Martin Burke in New York, and Alvin Wang in Shanghai.
About FocalPoint Partners, LLC
FocalPoint is an independent investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private placements, financial restructurings, and special situation transactions. Since 2002, the firm has provided advisory services to middle market clients across eight industry sectors: aerospace and defense, business services, consumer, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrials, and technology/media. With offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Shanghai, and affiliated partner offices around the world, FocalPoint’s domestic and international coverage is truly global. Visit focalpointllc.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Please contact Clay Bryan or Nishen Radia at 310-405-7000 with any questions about the Private Equity Advisor awards, or visit the firm’s Financial Sponsors page to learn more: https://tinyurl.com/ybzsbw3p