FranAdvisory®

A few M&A Advisors specifically focus on the buying and selling of franchisors. Others who have handled franchisor transactions often do so as a part of their focus on retail businesses or consumer businesses.

Most M&A Advisors provide the range of services that a franchisor seller requires – strategic planning, timing advice, valuation analysis, structuring advice, Deal Book assistance, identification and procurement of prospective buyers and financing sources, negotiation assistance, auction processes, due diligence guidance, and closing assistance.

Many M&A Advisors represent both sellers and buyers, and some are better at handling large transactions while others are more appropriate for smaller sellers. Most franchisors fall within the fairly wide “middle-market” that many M&A Advisors handle. It is often best if the M&A Advisor you engage has handled other franchisor transactions, and transactions of the size and type that you are contemplating.

The list below is of M&A Advisors that have handled sell-side or buy-side transactions involving the identified franchisors. You are encouraged to visit their websites, and to carefully evaluate and choose the best M&A Advisor for your planned transaction.

Advanced Restaurant Sales
Jerry’s Subs


Arlington Capital Advisors
Boneheads, C2 Education, Camp Bow Wow, Doc Popcorn, Doc Green’s, Genghis Grill, Mama Fu’s, The Egg & I, The Flying Biscuit Café, Maui Wowi, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Monkey Joe’s, Newk’s, PJ’s Coffee, Planet Smoothie, Pure Barre, Shane’s Rib Shack, WOW Café


Bank of America
Tire Pros


Barclays Bank
PODS


BB&T Capital Markets
1-800 Radiator


Bellmark Partners
Elephant & Castle, Good Times


Boxwood Partners
SMARTBOX


Brookwood Associates
Au Bon Pain, BD’s Mongolian Grill, Habit Burger, Paradise Bakery, Rita’s, Zoe’s Kitchen


Capital Growth Advisors
Stevi B’s Pizza


Compass Advisory Services
Big Boy, Lee’s Famous Recipe


Conway MacKenzie
Dippin Dots


Credit Suisse
Better Homes & Gardens, CENTURY 21, Coldwell Banker, Maaco, Meineke, Sotheby’s, Starwood


Croft & Bender
Mr. Handyman, Molly Maid, ProTect Painters


Deustche Bank
Marriott, Tire Pros


Duff & Phelps
Fazoli’s, Friendly’s, Houlihan’s, Noodles & Company


Evercore
Better Homes & Gardens, CENTURY 21, Coldwell Banker, Maaco, Meineke, Sotheby’s


Fidus Partners
Coverall, Express Oil Change, Skyline Chili, Worldwide Express


FocalPoint
Crunch Fitness, Fuddruckers


Gensis Capital
Popeye’s


Geraty Investments
Rita’s Italian Ice, Taco Mac


Goldman Sachs
Aaron’s, A&W Restaurants, AmeriSuites, Burger King, Carl’s Jr, Dollar, Hardee’s, Hertz, Hilton, Little Sheep, Mongolian Hot Pot, Long John Silver’s, Party City, Thrifty, Tire Pros


Guggenheim Partners
Destination Maternity, Runners Point (Foot Locker)


Harris Williams
AAMCO, ABRA Auto Body, Aire Serv, America’s Service Station, Bojangles’, Checkers, Drive N Style, Econo Lube, FASTSIGNS, Glass Doctor, Gold’s Gym, The Grounds Guys, Huddle House, LINE-X, Maaco, Meineke, Merlin, Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric, Mr. Rooter, Pro Oil Change, Rally’s, Taco Bueno


Houlihan Lokey
Papa Gino’s


HSBC Holdings
Coco’s, Carrows


Imperial Capital
Chevys


Innovation Capital
Hooters


J.H. Chapman Group
A&W Restaurants, Cassano’s, East Side Mario’s, Ground Round, Le Petit Bistro, Roadhouse Grill, Zipps Drive-Thru


Jefferies & Co.
Bally Total Fitness, Benihana, On the Border


KeyBanc Capital Markets
Romano’s Macaroni Grill


KPMG Corporate Finance
The Cleaning Authority


Lazard Middle Market
Hand and Stone, Starwood


Lincoln International
Curves


Mastodon Ventures
Bar Louie, Good Times Burger & Frozen Custard, Peter Piper Pizza, Quaker Steak


Metronome Partners
Bruegger’s Bagels


Merrill Lynch
Tire Pros


Moelis & Company
Coco’s, Carrows


Morgan Joseph TriArtisan
Grandy’s, Midas, Souper Salad


Morgan Stanley
Panera


National Franchise Sales
Fosters Freeze


North Point Advisors
America’s Taco Shop, Blaze Pizza, Blimpie, Bluebird Care, Bruegger’s Bagels, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Captain D’s, Cereality, Champps, Checkers, Chevys Fresh Mex, Church’s Chicken, Cici’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, Corner Bakery, El Pollo Loco, FASTSIGNS, First Watch, Frullati Café and Bakery, Fuzio Universal Pasta, The Great Steak & Potato Company, Hooters, Interim HealthCare, Jimmy John’s, Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria, Johnny Rockets, Just Better Care, Kahala Coffee Traders, Logan’s Roadhouse, Massage Envy, Maui Wowi, NrGize Lifestyle Café, Papa Murphy’s, Peter Piper Pizza, Pinkberry, Planet Smoothie, Rally’s, Ranch One, Rollerz, Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill, Sbarro, Smashburger, Surf City Squeeze, TacoTime, Tasti D-Lite, Timothy’s World Coffee, Wetzel’s Pretzels


Piper Jaffray
Au Bon Pain, Bluebird Care, Bruegger’s Bagels, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Captain D’s, Carrows Restaurants, Chevys Fresh Mex, Claim Jumper, Coco’s Bakery Restaurants, Del Taco, Drybar, Einstein Noah, El Pollo Loco, Hooters, Interim HealthCare, Jamba Juice, Johnny Rockets, Just Better Care, Krystal, Noodles & Co., Orangetheory Fitness, Outback Steakhouse, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, Pure Barre, Sarku Japan, TGI Friday’s, Timothy’s World Coffee, Village Inn


Raymond James
Don Pablo’s, Frisch’s, Greene Turtle, McAlister’s Deli, Miami Subs


RBC Capital Markets
Longhorn Steakhouse, Shoppers Drug Mart, Tim Hortons


Robert W. Baird & Co
Bad Daddy’s


Sagent Advisors
Massage Envy, Supercuts


SMBC Nikko Securities
Coco’s, Carrows


SPP Capital Partners
Garfield’s Restaurant & Pub


SSG Capital Advisors
Saladworks


Stephens Inc.
J.D. Byrider, Pure Barre


Stifel Nicolaus
Einstein Bros. Bagels, Manhattan Bagels


The Cypress Group
Bear Rock Foods, Beef O’Brady’s, Cici’s Pizza, PJ’s Coffee, Quiznos, Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, Texas Land & Cattle, Texas Steakhouse


The McLean Group
Fast-Fix, IKOR, Lenny’s Sub Shop, Right at Home, Senior Helpers


TM Capital Corp
Mrs. Winner’s Chicken & Biscuits


Trefethen Advisors
Circle K, Dairy Mart, On the Run


Trinity Capital
Baskin Robbins, Buffalo Grill. Buffalo’s Café, Dunkin’ Donuts, Redbrick Pizza, Schlotzsky’s Deli, Togo’s Sandwiches


UBS
Popeye’s, Retail Zoo


Wells Fargo Securities
Carl’s Jr., Green Burrito, Hardee’s, Papa Murphy’s, Tim Horton’s, Red Burrito


William Blair & Company
America’s Service Station, Crunch Fitness, Drive N Style, Econo Lube,  Giordano’s, Maaco, Massage Envy, Mattress Firm, Max & Erma’s, Meineke, Merlin, Pro Oil Change, Snap Fitness, Vision Source, White Hen Pantry


The Wintour Group
Muscle Maker Grill