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, Ruby Tuesday’s, Shane’s Rib Shack, WOW Café

Bank of America
Tire Pros

Barclays Bank

BB&T Capital Markets
1-800 Radiator

Bellmark Partners
Elephant & Castle, Good Times

Boxwood Partners
AdvantaClean, Color World, DoodyCalls, Dryer Vent Wizard, Grout Medic, Monster Tree, Outdoor Living Brands, Premium Service Brands, RedBox+, Two Maids and a Mop, ShelfGenie, Sir Grout, SMARTBOX, STOP Restoration, Superior Fence, SweetFrog, Sylvan Learning

Brookwood Associates
Au Bon Pain, BD’s Mongolian Grill, Habit Burger, Paradise Bakery, Quiznos, 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

Daiwa Securities Group
Massage Envy, Supercuts

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

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

Fidus Partners
Coverall, Skyline Chili, Worldwide Express

Crunch Fitness, Fuddruckers

Genesis Capital

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

Innovation Capital

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

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 Stanley

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, Code Ninjas, Corner Bakery, El Pollo Loco, Express Oil Change, Fast-Fix, FASTSIGNS, First Watch, Frullati Café and Bakery, Fuzio Universal Pasta, The Great Steak & Potato Company, Hooters, Interim HealthCare, IKOR, Jimmy John’s, Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria, Johnny Rockets, Just Better Care, Kahala Coffee Traders, Krispy Kreme, Lenny’s Sub Shop, Logan’s Roadhouse, Massage Envy, Maui Wowi, Mosquito Squad, NrGize Lifestyle Café, Papa Murphy’s, Peter Piper Pizza, Pinkberry, Planet Smoothie, Planet Fitness, Rally’s, Ranch One, Re-Bath, Right At Home, Rollerz, Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill, Sbarro, Senior Helpers, 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

SMBC Nikko Securities
Coco’s, Carrows

SPP Capital Partners
Garfield’s Restaurant & Pub

SSG Capital Advisors

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, 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

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