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C.W. Downer & Co

C.W. Downer & Co. is built upon a solid research platform that carefully identifies and thoroughly details all potential buyers or acquisition targets. We reach further because the right opportunities are often overlooked or unrecognized by more traditional practices.

We scour the globe to provide our clients with the most complete information for executing their divestiture or acquisition programs. We begin by identifying, researching, and contacting every possible prospect from the bottom up. Searching beyond the surface maximizes value while adhering to our clients' strategic goals. We reveal the most appropriate buyers and identify companies that can be acquired.

Our exhaustive research is purposefully reinforced by personal contact with each prospect that gauges their position and appetite for negotiations. We are skilled communicators with a fully-integrated, global team structure that yields significant local market knowledge and insight into the subtle, cultural nuances that ultimately affect negotiations.

We are proud to offer our clients the personal, senior-level attention typically found in boutiques together with the broad, global execution capabilities found only in larger bulge-bracket banks.

Charles W. Downer pioneered the approach of combining comprehensive, cross-border M&A advisory services with a focus on middle-market transactions. In the early to mid-1970s, companies involved in middle-market transactions had few options for sophisticated and professional advice. Advice was typically reserved for larger transactions and there was little incentive for diverting resources to handle smaller, middle-market deals.

Our business grew dramatically by offering such unique services. In 1980, we opened our first international office in Paris, giving us a strong base for sourcing and executing our M&A services in Europe. As we grew, we established offices in Sydney, Dublin, Frankfurt, Shanghai, Beijing, and our most recent office in Madrid, Spain. Today we are recognized as one of the leading providers of M&A advisory services for middle-market companies ($20-500 million) and subsidiaries of larger corporations.

On June 1, 2006, R. Wade Aust, Joseph Downing, Arthur Gottlieb, and Ashley Rountree, assumed primary responsibility for managing the firm from the three founding partners. "It is with great satisfaction and pride that I hand the reigns … to new leadership," Mr. Downer said. "When we began to implement our transition plans in 2000, I had great expectations of this next generation of partners, all of which have been exceeded. I have enjoyed a wonderful career at the firm, and am convinced that it is poised for even greater accomplishments in the years ahead."


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