A Look Under The Hood Of Independent Sponsorship In M&A

By John Gilson, Colby Jenkins and Michael Miller (February 18, 2021, 5:37 PM EST) -- The presence of independent sponsors as participants in the lower-to-middle mergers and acquisitions market has grown exponentially over the past several years, with investors increasingly seeking to co-invest with prominent or promising independent sponsors and sell-side advisers increasingly including independent sponsors in auctions and other competitive processes.

The discussion herein is primarily geared toward the market economics in arms-length independent sponsor transactions. 

It should be appreciated that there are nearly as many transaction types as there are capital partners, such that discussions of market economics are highly dependent upon the independent sponsor — including transaction, industry experience and track record, the...

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