Deloitte US corporate finance division has acquired substantially all of the assets of middle-market advisory-focused US investment bank McColl Partners and its team of almost 70 professionals.

Founded in 2001 by Hugh McColl and six investment bankers, McColl Partners provides strategic advice and assistance to entrepreneurial and institutional clients in evaluating and executing mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and private capital raising assignments.

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, with offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles, McColl Partners serves clients across a number of industries, including consumer, industrial, business and financial services, health care, energy and technology.

McColl Partners’ private capital solutions group has also helped clients raise more than $4bn in senior and subordinated debt, and its employee stock option plan corporate finance practice advises business owners and trustees.

The acquisition doubles Deloitte corporate finance’s size, which now has 25 senior bankers. Adding McColl Partners’ professionals, including 13 managing directors, also substantially expands the firm’s geographical presence in the US and enhances its portfolio of service offerings .

Kevan Flanigan, national managing director of Deloitte corporate finance since 2010, continues to lead the practice, with Hugh McColl working with Deloitte as a senior strategic advisor.
McColl said: "After founding McColl Partners 12 years ago and working hard with my teammates to build it over the years, I’m confident that Deloitte Corporate Finance is now positioned to become a leading middle-market M&A advisor in the US with a global reach that is truly unique."

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Deloitte US chief executive for financial advisory services David Williams said: "Middle-market M&A represents a significant growth opportunity for Deloitte and our clients. The addition of McColl Partners’ professionals enhances Deloitte Corporate Finance’s market position in the US and its global competitive advantage through its access to the member firms of Deloitte.

"This transaction also bolsters the sophisticated investment banking advisory services we provide our large corporate clients as they pursue strategic mid-sized deals in both domestic and global markets and middle-market clients seeking access to global markets or who are engaged in ‘life event’ transactions."

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.