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About Consensus

We are investment bankers to the consumer products and retail industries. We have offices in New York, Boston, and London.

Investment Banking

We advise parties seeking to sell their business or raise growth capital. After conducting due diligence, we manage the entire marketing process and lead negotiations to deliver an optimal result for our clients. Our sector of expertise enables us to move quickly and efficiently, identifying sources of capital and acquisition partners that are likely to have a high interest in investing in or acquiring your business. Our professionals are multi-disciplinary, allowing us to alleviate the burden of a transaction on management. We also advise acquirers and investors on transactions, offering deal sourcing, negotiation, due diligence, valuation and benchmarking services.

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Analytical and Valuation

Because of our extensive expertise in the retail and consumer sectors, our analytical and valuation services are unsurpassed. We offer extensive due diligence services, documenting for our clients all aspects of the target company. We provide valuation services, including fairness opinions in public transactions, that incorporate our extensive transactional experience in determining the true value of a consumer-facing business. We provide benchmarking services, enabling our clients to compare themselves or their targets to peer businesses in a number of analytical categories. We prepare financial models for clients that include extensive sensitization of key variables so that all likely scenarios can be fully assessed.

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Connecting consumer-facing companies to capital
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Some Facts About Us

2006

Consensus Founded

6

Next Great Consumer Brands Conferences

328

Issues of The Weekly Consensus

3

Offices

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Focus on Growing Consumer Brands

We work extensively with high-growth, high-potential consumer and retail companies, some of which are early stage. We provide the resources and support that growing consumer brands need to build and expand. We work closely with companies throughout the growth cycle, providing strategic advice and assisting with growth capital. We help propel these businesses, and better enable them to lead their respective markets to become the next great consumer brands. Then we help them stay there.

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Why We’re Different

Because all we focus on is the consumer products and retail industry, we built our team differently than most investment banks. We aren’t just a group of transactional experts. We are senior professionals who have worked in the industry our whole careers and whose broad experiences and contacts can be drawn upon in our clients’ best interests. Transactions can be traumatic on businesses, but our multi-disciplined team will relieve many of the extra burdens that a process can put on our clients’ management teams.

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Investment Banking

We advise consumer-facing businesses on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, licensing and other brand transactions, and strategic planning. We maintain relationships with sources of capital for businesses at every stage in their life cycle, including angel investors, venture capitalists, private equity funds, hedge funds, factors and other commercial lenders, strategic investors and commercial banks.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Full-service sell-side M&A advisory services aimed at optimizing the value of your investment upon exit.

Capital Raising

Connecting your growing consumer-facing business to value-added private equity, family office, hedge fund, angel investor, venture capital and strategic investors.

Brand Transactions

Managing a licensing-in or licensing-out process or a sale and leaseback of your company’s brand.

Buy-Side Advisory

Leveraging our unique domain expertise by originating and advising investors and lenders on transactions in our sector.

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Analytical and Valuation Services

We help investors, lenders, boards of directors, and acquirers conduct due diligence, assess investment and acquisition opportunities, and provide valuation and fairness opinion services. Our analytical and valuation services team has diverse experience including accounting, financial, appraisal, legal and operations backgrounds - all within the consumer and retail banking industries.

Due Diligence

Comprehensive due diligence investigations and documentation for investors and lenders.

Valuation Services

Valuations and fairness opinions for acquisition, investment and brand transactions using market and intrinsic valuation methodologies.

Restructuring Advisory

Full range of restructuring services, including M&A, restructuring advisory, cash flow modeling and reporting, creditor and lender advisory and fiduciary and trustee services.

Financial Planning

Working with management to develop your financial plan and projections, including P&L, balance sheet, cash flow statement and borrowing base planning and sensitivities.

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We Produce

We produce a weekly digital publication on consumer and retail news (The Weekly Consensus), the leading conference for consumer growth capital (Next Great Consumer Brands), and a proprietary scoring system for evaluating the financial condition of retailers (Retailer Health Ratings). Click the logos below to learn more.

 

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investment bankers to the consumer products and retail industries 
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Leadership

Our leadership team is multi-disciplinary, with deep transactional, financial, accounting, legal and operational experience – all in the consumer-facing industry.

Michael A. O'Hara
Michael A. O'Hara

Michael A. O'Hara

William D. Busko
William D. Busko

William D. Busko

Christopher EIlis
Christopher EIlis

Christopher EIlis

Mark Lenz
Mark Lenz

Mark Lenz

Patrick O'Quinn
Patrick O'Quinn

Patrick O'Quinn

Marshall Schleifman
Marshall Schleifman

Marshall Schleifman

Thomas Scotti
Thomas Scotti

Thomas Scotti

Douglas Stebbins
Douglas Stebbins

Douglas Stebbins

Betsy White
Betsy White

Betsy White

Steven Bowles
Steven Bowles

Steven Bowles

Research
Maeghan Thompson
Maeghan Thompson

Maeghan Thompson

Operations
Michael A. O'Hara

Michael A. O'Hara

William D. Busko

William D. Busko

Christopher EIlis

Christopher EIlis

Mark Lenz

Mark Lenz

Patrick O'Quinn

Patrick O'Quinn

Marshall Schleifman

Marshall Schleifman

Thomas Scotti

Thomas Scotti

Douglas Stebbins

Douglas Stebbins

Betsy White

Betsy White

Steven Bowles

Steven Bowles

Research
Maeghan Thompson

Maeghan Thompson

Operations
philosophy

Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worry about what happened yesterday.

Steve Jobs, Apple
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Next Great Consumer Brands

We host the annual Next Great Consumer Brands conference at Nasdaq in Times Square, New York. The event brings together under one roof the most exciting emerging consumer brands and the sources of capital that help them grow. Founded in 2011 and held each spring, the conference has become the leading event for consumer growth capital. The next event is May 3, 2017.

The Conference – May 3, 2017

To learn more, please visit nextgreatconsumerbrands.com

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The Weekly Consensus

Join thousands of others in the consumer products and retail industries who read The Weekly Consensus every Monday. The Weekly Consensus is a newsletter and digital magazine that summarizes the most important strategic stories from all major consumer segments from the week before and includes The Big Story, an editorial authored by a senior Consensus professional and other industry leaders. The Weekly Consensus is delivered to your inbox every Monday morning or can be read on our website.

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