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Benchmark International (South Africa) is proud to be shortlisted for the annual Africa Global Funds Awards

Benchmark International (South Africa) is proud to be recognised and shortlisted in the category of Best Independent Advisory Firm alongside some of South Africa’s most recognised corporate finance brands.

The Awards were created to honour and generate both industry and public recognition of the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of Service Providers covering Africa.

The 2019 awards shortlist was announced in mid-September and the black-tie event and ceremony will be hosted on October 24th at the Radisson Blu Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Benchmark International’s nomination was motivated by the consistent year on year growth in transaction activity and success achieved in transactions across the spectrum of M&A and corporate finance disciplines.

About Benchmark International:

Benchmark International’s global offices provide business owners in the middle market and lower middle market with creative, value-maximising solutions for growing and exiting their businesses. To date, Benchmark International has handled engagements in excess of $6B across various industries worldwide. With decades of global M&A experience, Benchmark International’s deal teams, working from 12 offices across the world, have assisted hundreds of owners with achieving their personal objectives and ensuring the continued growth of their businesses.

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Senior Deal Associate, JP Santos, Announced as Winner of the 10th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards

Benchmark International is delighted to announce that one of our very own has been awarded as an Emerging Leader by The M&A Advisor. The M&A Advisor created the awards to show recognition of leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals, and to gather professionals together for professional development and mentorship opportunities.

Senior Deal Associate, JP Santos, has been chosen for his accomplishments and expertise from a pool of nominees by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders. Benchmark International is proud to be represented by one of our talented teammates at this prestigious event.

Santos expressed his gratitude for the award stating “I’m humbled at being nominated as an Emerging Leader by Benchmark International and subsequently being chosen as a winner. I’m fortunate that I have the opportunity to be a part of a team of driven individuals who are passionate about serving our clients in an effort to help them reach their goals,” he said. “This award is a tremendous honor for me personally as well as our firm, and I appreciate the recognition from The M&A Advisor and the panel of judges.”

On Tuesday, September 17, The M&A Advisor will host a black tie Awards Gala at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to introduce the 2019 Emerging Leaders Award Winners to the business community and to celebrate their achievements. The Awards Gala is a feature of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Summit—an exclusive event bringing current and past Emerging Leaders Awards winners together with their peers and industry stalwarts.

In 1998, The M&A Advisor was founded to offer insights and intelligence on M&A activities. Over the years, networks have grown, and their award ceremonies have been dubbed the Oscars of M&A. Benchmark International is proud to accept recognition from this organization and always strives to leave no stone unturned.

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Global CEO, Gregory Jackson, named a recipient of the 2019 Leadership Award from M&A Advisor

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that our very own Global CEO, Gregory Jackson, has been announced a recipient of the 2019 Leadership Award from M&A Advisor. Our organization works hard to make the best transactions for our clients, and Mr. Jackson notes that without all members of the Benchmark International team, this accomplishment would not be possible.

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Investment Banker of the Year Winner!

On November 06, 2018 Benchmark International professionals attended the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards in New York City and walked away winners. The award ceremony is part of a larger summit hosted by M&A Advisor that is dubbed ”the country’s premier gathering of professionals engaged in M&A, restructuring and financing.” Industry leaders, watchers, and influencers travel from around the world to participate in this renowned professional-development summit and to be recognized for their accomplishments.

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that its Managing Director, Kendall Stafford, has been awarded with the title of “Investment Banker of the Year.” Stafford was one of eight finalists for this award, and went up against other outstanding individuals in the M&A realm. Stafford is an exceptional leader on mergers and acquisitions transactions, and Benchmark International is elated to say she is a prime example to the philosophy that we leave no stone unturned.

“The award recipients represent the finest in the M&A industry in 2018 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of extremely impressive finalists,” expressed Roger Aguinaldo, Founder of The M&A Advisor. “From lower middle market to multi-billion dollar deals, we are recognizing the leading transactions, firms, and individuals that represent the highest levels of achievement.”

The recognition of the 17th Annual M&A Awards hosted by The M&A Advisor is additional support to the claim that Benchmark International truly strives to provide the best service to its clients. Benchmark International was also recognized earlier this year at the Emerging Leader Awards and the 10th Annual International M&A Awards, both also hosted by The M&A Advisor; the leader in M&A recognition globally. Benchmark International’s Transaction Director, Luis Vinals, was named an Emerging Leader, and Benchmark International won Regional Deal of the Year for North America for the acquisition of Gasco Affiliates, LLC by Tech Air, and also won Financials Deal of the Year for the acquisition of Silexx Financial Systems by the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

When it’s time to sell your business, you want a team on your side that will bring you the most value for your business in every facet. Benchmark International works with clients on every front, from emotional needs, to monetary needs, to cultural needs for business owners looking to exit their businesses. Call today to find out how Benchmark International can help you.

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Steven Keane Wins Chairman of the Year!

Benchmark International is proud to announce that our Chairman, Steven Keane, has won Chairman of the Year 2018 by Acquisition International. Congratulations Steven!!!

 

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Benchmark International’s Nick Hulme Named as One of the UK’s Most Active Financial Advisers

The latest league table for H1 2018 by Mergermarket, part of Acuris, has named Benchmark International’s Nick Hulme as one of the top financial advisers in the UK, placing joint third and advising on six deals.

The review looked at the most prolific advisers in the UK by the number of deals conducted over USD 5m, with Benchmark International placing above firms such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

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Benchmark International Wins ‘Best for Acquisition, Growth & Exit Strategies 2018’ in the UK Enterprise Awards

Benchmark International is delighted to announce that it has been named by SME News as ‘Best for Acquisition, Growth & Exit Strategies 2018’ in its UK Enterprise Awards.

Part of AI Global Media, the international provider of corporate news and information, SME News produces quarterly publications with the latest news, features and deals across the UK SME landscape.

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Benchmark International's Luis Vinals Announced as Winner of the 9th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards

The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the Emerging Leaders Awards on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. The M&A Advisor, renowned globally for its recognition of leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals, created this event to promote mentorship and professional development amongst the emerging business leaders. Luis Vinals was chosen from a pool of nominees by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders.

“The Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards was born as the 40 Under 40 Awards in the United States in 2010 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of young M&A, Financing and Turnaround professionals who had reached a significant level of success and made a notable contribution to their industry and community. With the expansion of the Emerging Leaders program to the United Kingdom, and Europe in 2016, the 2018 US award winners join a truly global network of outstanding young professionals,” said David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor.

On Friday, September 14th, 2018 The M&A Advisor will host a black tie Awards Gala at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to introduce the Emerging Leaders Award Winners to the business community and celebrate their achievements. The Awards Gala is a feature of the 2018 Emerging Leaders Summit – an exclusive event pairing current and past Emerging Leaders winners together with their peers and industry stalwarts.

Luis Vinals is a Transaction Director at Benchmark International. He leads a team of analysts to help achieve Benchmark International’s clients’ goals of growing or exiting their businesses. Luis has experience in many different industries including, importing/exporting, specialty manufacturing, business services, etc. Luis’s experience in international trade and banking provides a unique perspective to the various transactions that he leads.

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Gregory Jackson Named CEO of the Year by Corporate Insider

Benchmark International’s Global CEO, Gregory Jackson, has been named the CEO of the Year by Corporate Insider for their 2018 M&A Awards. This marks the seventh award for Benchmark International this year and a second individual award for Mr. Jackson.

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Photos from the M&A Advisor Awards 2018

The M&A Advisor has named Benchmark International the winner of the North American Deal of the Year and the Financials Deal of the Year for their 10th Annual International M&A Awards. Here are some photos from the event:

FINANCIALS DEAL OF THE YEAR
Acquisition of Silexx Financial Systems by Chicago Board Options Exchange

The acquisition of Silexx Financial Systems by Chicago Board Options Exchange was chosen as the Financials Deal of the Year. Managing Director, Dara Shareef, steered this deal through to the end. He said what made this deal unique was the client’s acknowledgment that to get the best deal he possibly could, he knew he needed to use a mergers and acquisitions firm.

NORTH AMERICAN DEAL OF THE YEAR
Acquisition of Gasco Afilliates, LLC by Tech Air

The sale of Gasco Afilliates, LLC to Tech Air was chosen at the North American Deal of the Year. Managing Director, Tyrus O’Neill headed the team that closed this transaction. He said it took a lot of tenacity and determination to get the client the best possible value for the company. 

The Benchmark International Team at the M&A Advisor Awards 2018 in New York:

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Corporate LiveWire Names Benchmark International the 2018 M&A Mid-Market Firm of the Year

Benchmark International has been awarded the M&A Mid-Market Firm of the Year award for 2018 from Corporate LiveWire. Corporate LiveWire is a corporate news source that provides news from all corners of the globe to business professionals in the corporate sector.

Specifically, Corporate LiveWire focuses on companies involved in mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, MBOSs, and raising finance. They take a close look at the types of transactions completed in all shapes and sizes and analyze the current market. The Corporate LiveWire M&A Awards recognize and celebrate industry experts and dealmakers from across the world.

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Benchmark International is Showered in Recognition

2018 has proven to be a year of great activity for Benchmark International. Benchmark International won awards from Corporate LiveWire, ACQ5, and International Advisory Experts. These awards are proof of the commitment Benchmark International places on setting the standard for quality performance and client satisfaction.

2018 MID-MARKET M&A FIRM OF THE YEAR

Corporate LiveWire awarded Benchmark International with the 2018 Mid-Market M&A Firm of the Year. As stated on their website “Corporate LiveWire provides business professionals and individuals in the corporate finance sector with information on the latest news and developments from around the globe. The resource offers regular up to date information on an array of subject areas such as corporate transactions, international markets, business strategy and changes in legislation.”

The Global Winner’s publication, by Corporate LiveWire, will be distributed to more than 90,000 businesses and professionals. Benchmark International will be a featured listing in this publication. The organization accepts nominations from its readers and analyzes industry best practices and track records for success when considering candidates for awards. Moreover, a third-party panel of judges is used to determine the final winners for the various award categories. The Corporate LiveWire Awards identifies the successes of businesses, finance firms and individuals who have led the way in every sector across the corporate finance world. Corporate LiveWire readers nominated Benchmark International, and after a review by the judging panel and the number of nominations considered, Benchmark International was chosen as the winner of this prestigious recognition.

INTERNATIONAL MID-MARKET CORPORATE FINANCE ADVISORY OF THE YEAR 2018

ACQ5 is a leading corporate magazine and news site. It is a finance sector news source for CEOs and CFOs and other corporate finance and private equity executives from all corners of the globe. ACQ5 hosts a legitimately independent nomination process and all award winners are chosen by the industry itself. Benchmark International was chosen as the International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory of
the year.

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Benchmark Wins North American Deal of the Year and Financials Deal of the Year!

The M&A Advisor has named Benchmark International the winner of the North American Deal of the Year and the Financials Deal of the Year for their 10th Annual International M&A Awards.

NORTH AMERICAN DEAL OF THE YEAR
Acquisition of Gasco Afilliates, LLC by Tech Air

The sale of Gasco Afilliates, LLC to Tech Air was chosen at the North American Deal of the Year. Managing Director, Tyrus O’Neill headed the team that closed this transaction. He said it took a lot of tenacity and determination to get the client the best possible value for the company. 

“It’s an honor to learn that Tech Air and CI Capital’s acquisition of Gasco won North American Deal of the Year. This achievement is a testament to the entire Benchmark International team and the diligent effort that went into guiding the sell-side process from start to finish,” O’Neill said. ”I truly enjoyed being a part of a deal that delivered specific results for several members of a multigenerational business. It’s a double-win when the deal allows certain members of the business to exit early, while the younger generation remains to take advantage of a robust growth strategy and new capital partners. This is a great example of how Benchmark International’s unique fingerprint strategy generates amazing results in finding the ideal acquisition target and deal structure for our clients. We hope to continue strengthening the market by aligning our clients with the right buyers and creating value for both sides just like in the Gasco deal.”

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Benchmark International Shortlisted by Insider Media for its Young Professionals Awards 2018

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that it has been shortlisted by Insider Media for its ‘Young Professional Team of the Year’ award, along with Associate Director, Bhavina Halai, being shortlisted for its ‘Young Business Development Professional’ award.

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Kendall Stafford WINS the 2018 International Advisor Experts Award

Benchmark International’s Managing Director, Kendall Stafford, has been chosen as an International Advisory Expert Award recipient. International Advisory Experts is a global alliance of well-established and experienced legal, financial and consulting firms that are committed to providing clients with specialist solutions for their international business requirements.

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Thomson Reuters Ranks Benchmark International as One of the Worlds Top 50 M&A Companies

Thomson Reuters released their review of the mid-market mergers and acquisitions industry for 2017. In this report is a list of the worldwide mid-market rankings for companies that completed deals valued up to $500 million. Benchmark International is pleased to be listed in the top 50, worldwide, for M&A deals valued up to $500 million. Businesses named on this list include KPMG, Ernst & Young, LLP Deloitte, Goldman Sachs & Co., JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, amongst others. With the distinction of being listed in the same category as M&A industry giants, Benchmark International is showing we are an invaluable asset to any business owner looking to exit his or her business.

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Benchmark International wins ‘International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory of the Year’ for a third time

Benchmark International is proud to announce that it has, once again, been named ‘International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year’ at the annual ACQ Global Awards.

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Benchmark International Named as the North West’s No.1 Financial Adviser

Benchmark International is proud to announce that it has placed top of the North West Financial Adviser table for the second consecutive year in Experian’s annual North West and Manchester Corporate Finance Review.

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CEO of the Year: Greg Jackson, Benchmark International

Greg Jackson, CEO of Benchmark International was named as one of 2016’s top CEOs of the year by AI Global Media. As a part of the award, Jackson was featured in AI Magazine’s November issue, an honor only a few come to achieve.

“I am honored to be recognized as CEO of the Year given the immense amount of talent in the industry.  Benchmark International has grown exponentially in recent years by providing clients with a global offering backed by unquestionable experience, expertise and talent. Our trailblazing business model has set new expectations for the industry as a whole. The driving force behind our success is centered on our relentless desire to ensure our clients are at the forefront of everything we do.”

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Benchmark International named ‘Best Company Sales Specialists’ & secures ‘Award for Excellence in Exit & Growth Strategies’

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that is has been named ‘Best Company Sales Specialists for 2016’ by Acquisition International, along with securing the ‘Award for Excellence in Exit & Growth Strategies’.

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1st Class Holidays to PHD Equity Partners Deal shortlisted for 'Deal of the Year (sub £10m)'

Benchmark International is proud to announce that the deal in which 1st Class Holidays was acquired by PHD Equity Partners has been shortlisted for ‘Deal of the Year (sub £10m)’ at this year’s Insider North West Dealmakers Awards.

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Benchmark International Named 'International Corporate Finance Advisor of the Year'

Benchmark International are pleased to announce that we have been named as the ‘International Corporate Finance Advisor of the Year’ by the 2016 Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine.

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Kendall Stafford: Winner of 40 Under 40 Award

The M&A Advisor has announced the winners of their 7th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards. Kendall Stafford, Managing Director, located in Benchmark International’s Texas region has been named an Award Winner of this prestigious honor. Kendall was selected as an Emerging Leader in the Dealmaker category amongst other dealmakers from companies such as Raymond James, Deloitte, and PWC.

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Recent US Recognition & Awards

Benchmark International continues to rake in awards in 2016. Benchmark International gained recognition in Tampa with the Best of Tampa Award for Business Services and won the 2016 Corporate LiveWire M&A Award Corporate Exit Strategy of the Year for the Fingerprint document while Kendall Stafford, a Managing Director for Benchmark International, won the M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Award. The company continues to strive for excellence within the industry and 2016 should be no exception.

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Benchmark International - The Northern Powerhouse

Benchmark International enjoyed a highly successful year in 2015, completing record numbers of deals across each of its UK and overseas offices.

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Benchmark International Wins 'Rising Star' Award

Posted on November 25, 2015 By in Blog + #BenchmarkAwards

Alongside our success on behalf of clients, Benchmark International is immensely proud to announce that Roger Forshaw, Associate Director, has won the ‘Rising Star’ award at the annual JCI Manchester Young Talent Awards.

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Benchmark International Wins M&A Deal of the Year (Over $250M to $500M) Award

Posted on November 19, 2015 By in Blog + #BenchmarkAwards

It is with great pride that Benchmark International announces winning Technology Deal of the Year (Over $250M to $500M) at the 14th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. The winners were announced at the annual gala held at The New York Athletic Club in New York on November 17, 2015.

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BENCHMARK INTERNATIONAL NOMINATED FOR UK AND USA M&A AWARDS

Posted on September 29, 2015 By in Blog + #BenchmarkAwards

2015 has been an exciting and prosperous year for Benchmark International and clients alike, bolstered by the M&A industry’s continued resurgence.

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Benchmark International wins the ‘International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory of the Year’ award for a second year running

In recognition of recent efforts, Benchmark International is the proud recipient of the ‘International – Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory of the Year’ award for a second year running at the ACQ Global Awards 2015.

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Benchmark International winner at AI M&A Awards

Benchmark International is delighted to announce it has been named winner of the AI M&A Awards ‘Best for Acquisition Strategy 2015 - UK’ at the Acquisition International Awards 2015.

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Benchmark International nominated at Awwwards event

Posted on June 23, 2015 By in Blog + #BenchmarkAwards

Benchmark International is delighted to announce that our new website has been nominated for this year’s prestigious Awwwards prize, following our successful rebranding earlier this year.

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Benchmark International named International Corporate Finance Adviser 2014

Posted on December 18, 2014 By in Uncategorized + #BenchmarkAwards

Benchmark International is pleased to have been named ‘International Corporate Finance Adviser 2014’ by Corporate Livewire at its ‘Business Awards 2014.’

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Benchmark International in Thomson Reuters M&A Mid-Market League Tables

Thomson Reuters has released its M&A Mid-Market Financial Advisor Rankings for the first nine months of 2014 and, once again, Benchmark International is positioned amongst the leading advisors in global M&A.

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Benchmark International named ‘International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory of the Year’

In further recognition of its efforts Benchmark International has been named ‘International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory of the Year’ at the ACQ Global Awards 2014.

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Benchmark International named ‘International Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year’

Posted on September 1, 2014 By in Blog + #BenchmarkAwards

Benchmark International is immensely proud to have been named ‘International Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year’ at Acquisition International’s 2014 Finance Awards.

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Benchmark International named ‘Dealmaker of the Year 2014’ at M&A Awards

Benchmark International is proud to have been named ‘Dealmaker of the Year’ at the Acquisition International M&A Awards 2014.

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Benchmark International wins Team of the Year award

Benchmark International’s corporate finance team was the proud recipient of the prestigious ‘Team of the Year’ award at the Insider Young Professionals Awards 2014, beating off competition from fellow nominees KPMG and Savills.

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Benchmark International shortlisted for ‘Team of the Year’

Posted on April 8, 2014 By in Blog + #BenchmarkAwards

Benchmark International’s corporate finance team has been nominated for the prestigious ‘Team of the Year’ award at Insider’s ‘Young Professional Awards 2014’.

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Benchmark International selected for Deal of the Month in Finance Monthly

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that one of its several recently completed deals, in which 4 Sight Consulting was successfully acquired by Wilde Analysis, has been selected by Finance Monthly’s editorial panel for their ‘Deal of the Month’ feature in the April edition of the magazine.

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Benchmark International wins ‘Deal of the Year’ at Insider Dealmakers awards

Benchmark International’s UK team were the proud recipients of the ‘Deal of the Year (Sub £5m)’ award at the Insider Dealmaker Awards 2013, held at Manchester Central, Thursday 24 October 2013.

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