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Benchmark International (Still) Ranked #1 Sell-Side, Privately Owned M&A Advisors In The World By Pitchbook Global League Tables

PitchBook has released their Q2 2022 Global League Tables, and Benchmark International has once again received several impressive rankings. The firm remains ranked as the #1 Privately Owned Sell-Side M&A Advisors in the World and is ranked as the 10th Most Active Investment Bank in the United States. This ranking puts Benchmark International ahead of other well-known firms, including Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, Woodbridge International, and Bank of America Securities.

Benchmark International is also ranked as:

  • 17th Most Active Investment Bank Globally
  • 11th Most Active Advisor & Accountants (PE Deals Only) in the US
  • 12th Most Active M&A Advisors in the US
  • 13th Most Active M&A Advisors in Europe
  • 14th Most Active M&A Advisors Globally

Gregory Jackson, CEO of Benchmark International, said, "We are happy to see that we are being recognized for our hard work and continually going above and beyond for our clients. Every day we strive to do more and do it better, and our status is being reflected in real-world data. We plan to continue to extend our reach on a global level and emerge as a leader in the many other regions that we are active within."

Steven Keane, Executive Chairman of Benchmark International, said, "Adding this recognition to our many accomplishments and being known as a true market leader on the world stage is an exciting honor for our team. We look forward to what the future holds for us."

PitchBook is a leading SaaS company that delivers data, research, and technology that covers private capital markets, including venture capital, private equity, and M&A transactions. It offers analytical tools designed to help subscribers make sense of collected information regarding companies, investors, transactions, funds, advisors, and mergers and acquisitions.

If you are considering the sale or exit of your company, our M&A experts at Benchmark International would love to hear from you so that we can discuss what great things we can make happen for you and your future.
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Benchmark International Named Best Global Middle Market M&A Specialists 2022

Benchmark International has been named 2022’s Best Global Middle Market M&A Specialists by the Global 100. 

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Benchmark International’s Gregory Jackson Named International Ceo Of The Year (Corporate Finance)

Gregory Jackson, Benchmark International’s CEO, was named International CEO of the Year (Corporate Finance) by the Gamechangers™ 2022 Global Awards, adding to his growing and impressive list of accolades.

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Benchmark International Named Best Middle Market M&a Specialists

Benchmark International has been named the Best Middle Market M&A Specialists by Corporate Vision’s Corporate Excellence Awards.

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Benchmark International Named International Mid-market Advisory Of The Year (Corporate Finance)

Benchmark International has been named the International Mid-market (Corporate Finance) Advisory of the Year by the Gamechangers™ 2022 Global Awards. 

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Benchmark International's Brittney Zoeller Named To 10 Most Inspiring Women Leaders Of 2022

Brittney Zoeller, Benchmark International’s director of marketing, has been named one of the 10 Most Inspiring Women Leaders of 2022 by Industry Era for Women.

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Benchmark International’s Steven Keane Named Best International Chairman Of The Year, USA

Benchmark International’s Executive Chairman, Steven Keane, has been named the Best International Chairman of the Year, USA by the Global 100 (2022).

In the Global 100 by EMG Publishing, a world-renowned publishing house, each award has a unique, proprietary selection process and ranking method. According to a comprehensive set of criteria, only the most worthy winners are chosen based on their domestic and international work. Judging focuses heavily on the complexity, and strategic significance of work performed, underscoring the importance of the recognition each winner is receiving as an organization or individual.

EMG Publishing is based in the United Kingdom and is known for producing some of the world’s most coveted awards programs that celebrate excellence across the globe. EMG Publishing aims to provide a benchmark of the very best industry leaders, exemplary teams, and distinguished organizations.

Congratulations, Steven!

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Benchmark International Ranked in Mergermarket’s Global League Tables Q1 2022

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that it has been ranked in the top 10 by Mergermarket for the number of deals it has conducted in Ireland.

Bank of America, PwC and JPMorgan are amongst the companies to also rank in the top 10.

An Acuris company, Mergermarket delivers M&A intelligence, data and research. To qualify in its league tables, transactions must be over 5m USD in value and publicly available.

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James Thornton, COO at Benchmark International, commented: “We are delighted to have been ranked in Mergermarket’s Global & Regional League Tables for the first quarter of 2022. To be ranked in these league tables is further acknowledgement of the hard work and effort our teams put into every transaction.

“Having only established an office in Ireland less than five years ago, it is great to see that we are growing our footprint and have established ourselves as a distinguished institution in this location by conducting a number of deals over 5m USD, competing with M&A industry giants.

“Over the course of the last year, Benchmark International has expanded its international reach further, establishing an office in Germany, and I’m looking forward to seeing what our new team will achieve, and seeing Benchmark International on the German league tables as well very soon!”

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Benchmark International's Kendall Stafford Wins "Top USA Woman Deal Maker Award"

Benchmark International’s own Kendall Stafford has won the Top USA Woman Deal Maker Award from the 4th Annual USA Growth Intelligence Forum and the USA M&A Atlas Awards.

The award singularly honors the A-list of the most talented, respected, and brilliant women dealmakers from private equity, venture capital, investment banks, legal, and restructuring transactional communities. It is officially “award winner recognition,” unlike industry lists, rankings, editorial praise, or write-ups.

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Benchmark International Named Gamechangers™ Progress Champion 2022

Benchmark International continues to draw accolades on the world stage, being awarded the Gamechanger™ Progress Champion Award 2022 by the Gamechangers™ 2022 Global Awards.

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Benchmark International’s Steven Keane Named Best International Chairman Of The Year, Usa

Benchmark International’s Executive Chairman, Steven Keane, has been named the Best International Chairman of the Year, USA by the Global 100 (2022).

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Benchmark International's Brittney Zoeller Named To 10 Most Inspiring Women Leaders Of 2022

Brittney Zoeller, Benchmark International’s director of marketing, has been named one of the 10 Most Inspiring Women Leaders of 2022 by Industry Era for Women.

Brittney brings a unique mix of talent and strategic insight to the table for Benchmark and our clients. She applies her creative vision, design and user experience, and technological savvy to create exceptional interaction experiences every day, spearheading all marketing initiatives and leading a team of cross-disciplined marketers.

Gregory Jackson, CEO of Benchmark, weighed in on her award, saying, “Brittney is a true force to be reckoned with. She is a kind, creative, and highly driven leader who knows how to motivate others and whose positivity and optimism are infectious throughout our organization. She inspires us all.”

Industry Era for Women is a digital publication that features CEOs, C-suite executives, and other industry pioneers. It serves as a forum for C-level executives to share their experiences in order to support and inspire others to achieve goals and stay competitive. It also serves as a platform for executives to discuss trends, decision-making processes, and leadership in sales, marketing, and productivity, as well as positive retention of staff.

Brittney has received several awards with Benchmark International, including a Silver ADDY for the Benchmark rebranding and logo design, and a Gold ADDY for the design of THE MARK, Benchmark’s magazine publication. She was also recognized in New York City as an “Extraordinary Leading Woman” by the Direct Marketing News.

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Benchmark International Wins Deal of the Year at the Northern Ireland Dealmaker Awards

Benchmark International is delighted to announce that the sale of County Antrim-based ventilation systems installer RGM Vent, where Benchmark International acted as lead adviser to the sellers, won Deal of the Year at the Insider Northern Ireland Dealmaker Awards.

The deal was deemed significant as Benchmark International’s Transaction Team maximised value for RGM Vent and maintained excellent relationships with the client, resulting in four referrals from the client and accountant to date, as well as a testimonial from CEO at RGM Vent, Raymond Murphy:

“March 2019 was the day I had my initial meeting with Benchmark and from the moment I met Nick and Jonathon I knew I was making the correct decision in going with Benchmark Int.

Jonathon was my key point of contact and he was backed by Alex, the process went great throughout and I would definitely recommend Benchmark.”

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The team overcame several complexities during the deal surrounding due diligence, tax advice, restructuring, and differing shareholder aspirations.

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Benchmark International’s Marketing Team Wins Another Addy Award

At the American Advertising Awards, Benchmark International's marketing team won another ADDY® award for their "Virtual Black Box" in the Microsite category. A microsite is any web page or series of pages that are a part of a larger website but intended to feature specialized information. 

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Benchmark International Named Best Middle Market M&A Specialists

Benchmark International has been named the Best Middle Market M&A Specialists by Corporate Vision’s Corporate Excellence Awards.
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Benchmark International’s Gregory Jackson Named International CEO Of The Year (Corporate Finance)

Gregory Jackson, Benchmark International’s CEO, was named International CEO of the Year (Corporate Finance) by the Gamechangers™ 2022 Global Awards, adding to his growing and impressive list of accolades.

Gamechangers™ is a leading corporate news publication, serving the finance sector since 2003. They provide a global audience of more than 245,000 senior executive-level subscribers with valuable information.

The Gamechangers™ Global Awards are the largest program of their kind in the market, celebrating achievement, innovation, and brilliance in the industry. They have a legitimately independent nomination process, and the industry itself chooses the winners. They rely on reader insight and experience for the nominations and look for exemplary businesses that are the benchmark of achievement in their field on a global level. Firms of all sizes are recognized, and the awards represent an endorsement of outstanding work. In addition, the awards are the only industry honors awarded purely on the basis of voter participation.

Steven Keane, Executive Chairman of Benchmark International, said, “I can’t think of a more deserving recipient of this award. Greg inspires our team to raise their game every single day, and his dedication combined with their talent is why we earn such high esteem and respect from our industry peers.”

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Benchmark International Named International Mid-market Corporate Finance Advisory Of The Year

Benchmark International has been named the International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory of the Year by Acquisition International’s ACQ Global Awards.

Acquisition International is a growing publication, currently having a circulation of 108,000 readers in more than 170 countries.

Each year, Acquisition International highlights some of the most renowned and innovative professionals around the world through these awards. According to the publication, their “dedicated team ensures that the awards are allocated only to the individuals and firms that truly deserve them and have demonstrated excellence within their respective fields.” This includes the largest international corporations and smaller firms and individuals in the business. In addition, they select the award recipients based on achievements, endeavors, and efforts made over the previous year rather than getting votes from companies, individuals, or other third parties.

Award winners are chosen through an internal process of research, analysis, shortlisting, and selection. First, an in-house team uses publicly available sources such as local and national press, industry journals, client recommendations, press releases, and other published works to find candidates based entirely on merit. Then, each is carefully scrutinized to narrow down a shortlist that is then followed by a final list.

Throughout the process, factors taken into consideration include sector expertise, experience, industry recognition, innovation, client testimonials, reputation, firm performance, leadership, and extracurricular activities. They aim to showcase the industry’s very best and serve as a trusted guide for those seeking trusted experts.

The Benchmark team is proud of this honor and looks forward to continuing to be pioneers on the global financial advisory stage.

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Benchmark International Awarded International Gamechanger Of The Year

Benchmark International was named International Gamechanger of the Year for 2018 by the Gamechangers™ACQ Global Awards.

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Benchmark International Wins International Advisory Expert Award

Benchmark International was named International Advisory Experts by the Global Advisory Experts Awards. 

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Benchmark International Awarded M&A Deal of The Year (100M - 250M)

At the 20th Annual M&A Advisor Awards, Benchmark International was awarded M&A Deal of the Year (100M-250M) for the acquisition of PBK Architects by DC Capital Partners.

As the 23rd largest US-based architecture firm, PBK, based in Houston, Texas, and its subsidiaries in California, Beijing, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong, employ more than 500 architects, engineers, and related professionals.

In addition to its Top 25 status, in 2019, PBK was ranked as the “#1 Education Design Firm” by Engineering News-Record (“ENR”), widely regarded as the engineering and design industry’s premier publication. Specializing in K-12 projects and, in particular, large public high schools, PBK has long been the go-to firm for sustainable design and next-gen integrations in particular. The company also focuses on two related building types—higher education and sports facilities.

This transaction followed closely on the heels of 11 other deals that Benchmark International closed in the architecture, engineering & construction (AEC) space in the first half of 2020.

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Kendall Stafford Named Investment Banker Of The Year

Benchmark International proudly announces that our Managing Director, Kendall Stafford, has been named Investment Banker of the Year by The M&A Advisor in their 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards.  

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Benchmark International Named Investment Banking Firm of The Year

At the 20th Annual M&A Advisor Awards—known as the Oscars of the M&A world— Benchmark International was awarded Investment Banking Firm of the Year. The awards are presented by The M&A Advisor, and the winners were announced at the Gala Ceremony live event held in New York City on November 17, 2021.

Benchmark International beat out the other nominees, which included Capstone Partners, Clearsight Advisors, DC Advisory, Drake Star Partners, Generational Group, Leonis Partners, and Raymond James.

These awards serve as the industry benchmark for dealmaking excellence, recognizing the leading M&A transactions, restructurings, deal financings, products/services, firms, and professionals.

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Benchmark International Named Among The 50 Best Workplaces Of The Year

Benchmark International has been named as one of the 50 Best Workplaces of the Year 2021 by The Silicon Review. The list is handpicked from different areas and recognizes businesses that attract both talent and clientele and stand out with regards to unique and positive company culture.  

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Benchmark International Wins Several M&A Advisor Awards: Investment Banking Firm Of The Year, M&A Deal Of The Year ($100M-$250M), Professional Services (B2B) Deal Of The Year

Benchmark International won three prestigious awards at the 20th Annual M&A Advisor Awards, presented by The M&A Advisor. The winners were announced at the Gala Ceremony live event held in New York City on November 17, 2021. The awards won by Benchmark International included:

 Investment Banking Firm of the Year

M&A Deal of the Year ($100MM to $250MM)

Professional Services (B2B) Deal of the Year


These awards are known as the Oscars of the M&A world, serving as the industry benchmark for dealmaking excellence, recognizing the leading M&A transactions, restructurings, deal financings, products/services, firms, and professionals. Benchmark International took top billing over other well-known firms such as Raymond James, Goldman Sachs, and KPMG.

Gregory Jackson, CEO of Benchmark International, stated, "We are immensely proud of our team for such honorable achievements. We will continue to pursue only the highest of standards for our clients and to maintain our role as a leader in the world of mergers and acquisitions."

"These awards speak volumes about how much Benchmark International has become game-changers in the middle market. Congratulations to every member of the Benchmark International family who works tirelessly to make sure we shine every day," said Steven Keane, Chairman.

Also weighing in is Dara Shareef, Managing Partner, who said, "This fantastic news is a true testament to the vision, talent, and commitment of everyone at Benchmark International who always goes above and beyond to look out for the best interests of our clients."

Clinton Johnston, Managing Director, also expressed his pride in a statement: "We are delighted with this recognition that demonstrates how highly regarded we are in the M&A space. Our team's hard work and impressive accomplishments deserve to be celebrated."

The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, and today is the leading organization that recognizes excellence and achievement among the world's leading dealmakers.

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Benchmark International Awarded Company Sales Specialists Of The Year

Benchmark International was awarded Company Sales Specialists of the Year in the National Finance & Banking Awards by the Global Advisory Experts.

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Benchmark International Among 50 Most Powerful M&A Firms In The World

UpSlide has named Benchmark International among the 50 Most Powerful M&A Firms in the World.

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Benchmark International Given Acquisition Excellence Award

Benchmark International was given the Acquisition Excellence Award by the esteemed publication Acquisition International.

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Benchmark International is a Finalist in nine categories for the M&A Advisor Awards

Posted on October 27, 2021 By in Awards + M&A Awards + Recognition + #BenchmarkAwards

Benchmark International has been listed as a finalist in nine categories in the 20th Annual M&A Advisor Awards, presented by The M&A Advisor. The awards are known as the benchmark for dealmaking excellence, recognizing the leading M&A transactions, restructurings, deal financings, products/services, firms, and professionals. The winners will be announced at the Gala Ceremony live event held on November 17, 2021. 

The impressive categories in which Benchmark International is a finalist are listed below. 

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Benchmark International Awarded Corporate Strategy Of The Year For Fingerprint Process

Benchmark International was awarded Corporate Strategy of the Year in the M&A Advisor’s M&A Awards for our proprietary Fingerprint process.

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Benchmark International’s Jack Redwood Shortlisted for Young Dealmaker of the Year

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that Associate Director, Jack Redwood, has been shortlisted by the Thames Valley Deal Awards in the category of Young Dealmaker of the Year.

The leading event in the region’s corporate finance calendar, the awards bring together corporate finance advisers, lawyers, bankers, private equity investors, accountants, and funding specialists.

The Young Dealmaker of the Year award will be presented to the person who has had the most significant impact on completion of deals within the region and, over the qualifying period, Jack led and completed a list of impressive list of deals. Deals included the sale of Suttons Seeds to BVG Group-owned Thompson & Morgan, the transaction between RivaNet to NPIF-backed Intec Business Solutions, and the sale of Adelante Software to Aquiline Capital Partners-backed ClearCourse Partnership.

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Benchmark International Awarded Leading Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor Of The Year

Benchmark International was named Leading Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor of the Year by Acquisition International’s ACQ Awards.

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Benchmark International Named Best For Corporate Growth And Expansion

Benchmark International was named Best for Corporate Growth and Expansion in Corporate America by TheM&A Advisor’s M&A Awards.

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Benchmark International’s Kendall Stafford Wins Emerging Leaders Award

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that our very own Kendall Stafford has been named an Emerging Leader by The M&A Advisor’s M&A Awards.

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Benchmark International's Tampa Office Featured in "Workplaces Reimagined"

Benchmark International’s new Tampa headquarters has been spotlighted by The Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2021 feature called Workplaces Reimagined.

The series showcases how business offices in the Tampa Bay region have changed since the pandemic, focusing on new, innovative spaces in Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota counties.

Workplaces Reimagined features one office per month in the weekly edition, and our fantastic new Tampa location in the MetWest building was covered by the publication on July 30, 2021. Our 15,000+ square-foot office was recognized for its welcoming atmosphere, sweeping views, unique décor, and ample amenities that enhance the workspace for our team.

It is just another example of how Benchmark International goes above and beyond to make sure our teams have everything they need to continue to be leaders and trailblazers in the community, and in our industry.

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Kendall Stafford Named Best Mid-Market Financial Services Business Leader 2021

Benchmark International proudly announces that our Managing Partner Kendall Stafford, from our Texas office, has been named Best Mid-Market Financial Services Business Leader 2021 by the 2021 Influential Businesswoman Awards, hosted by Acquisition International.

The winners' selection is made using careful analysis of the panel's final shortlist, as well as anything else that their internal research team learned while doing their online and public due diligence. In addition, the nominee must demonstrate a high level of excellence and work ethic within their chosen field, with their dedication to innovation, commitment, and business development taken into account.

The awards are based solely on merit and not the number of votes that a nominee receives or their financial stature, offering a level playing field for individuals to showcase their talents and achievements.

The Benchmark International team congratulates Kendall on this well-earned commendation, as this isn't the first time she has been recognized as one of the best in the business. "This award confirms everything that we already know about Kendall—that she is a true leader with a unique vision that helps to keep our firm on our trajectory of success and innovation," said Global CEO Gregory Jackson.

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The Global 100: Benchmark International's Steven Keane Named Best International Chairman of the Year

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that our chairman Steven Keane has been named Best International Chairman of the Year by the 2021 Global 100, which is comprised of the world’s leading firms and individuals with votes from global readers in more than 163 countries.

The purpose of the Global 100 is to provide its readers with a complete picture of the world’s true global leaders within their areas of specialty. The unique process follows a very strict format of self-submission and third-party nomination, with the winners then shortlisted based on a highly comprehensive set of criteria. The judging process assesses:

  • The strategic nature of work conducted
  • The complexity of work conducted
  • The scale of work conducted
  • Whether it was done in a timely manner and within budget
  • Any groundbreaking or innovative processes used

In their own words, the Global 100 provides “a benchmark of the very best of the best industry leaders, exemplary teams, and distinguished organizations.”

Our team proudly congratulates Steven Keane on earning such esteemed recognition, which is well deserved. Global CEO Gregory Jackson said, “With Steven’s outstanding leadership, Benchmark International is strongly positioned to continue to thrive and reach new milestones. This acknowledgment is further validation of how our dedication to being the very best in the business is a philosophy that permeates all levels of our team from the top down.”

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Benchmark International's Steven Keane Named Chairman of the Year

The Benchmark International team is proud to announce that our chairman, Steven Keane, has been named International Chairman of the Year in the 2021 Global Business Awards given by Corp Today Magazine.

London-based Corp Today is a business enterprise magazine that focuses on emerging businesses and the world’s leading and fastest-growing companies, as well as their style of doing business and manner of delivering effective and collaborative solutions to strengthen market share. Their reader base consists of 138,000 C-level executives, VPs, Consultants, VCs, managers, and advisors.

The publication’s dedicated team of in-house researchers handpicked all of the 2021 winners based on merit and not popularity. Their stated goal is to recognize the best in the business.

We salute Steven for earning this prestigious recognition, as he certainly deserves it. CEO Gregory Jackson stated, “Steven’s exceptional leadership is a testament to the greatness that our company continually aspires to achieve, never settling for anything less than the very best. It’s just how we are wired at Benchmark International. Congratulations, Steven.”

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Benchmark International Named Leading Specialist M&A Advisory Firm

Benchmark International was named the Leading Specialist M&A Advisory Firm of the Year in the UK by Acquisition International’s (AI) Leading Advisor Awards. 

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Benchmark International Awarded Corporate Finance Experts Of The Year

Benchmark International was named Corporate Finance Experts of the Year (USA) by Acquisition International’s ACQ Awards.

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Benchmark’s CEO Gregory P. Jackson Named International Gamechanger Of The Year

Benchmark International’s CEO, Gregory P. Jackson, was named International Gamechanger of the Year by the Gamechangers™ 2021 Global Awards.

The program is the oldest and largest of its kind in the corporate marketplace. Over the last 20 years, Gamechangers and ACQ5 have firmly established themselves as an industry standard. The awards recognize the firms and individuals that have had the greatest impact on the industry during the previous calendar year. They celebrate achievement, innovation, and brilliance in their annual program, taking the ultimate step in the search for the most outstanding organizations and professionals across the globe, and the best in achievement, ability, and performance. Online surveys are conducted of the publication’s more than 246,000 readers to make the selection of the final award winners.

In the words of the Gamechangers program, “a gamechanger changes the way that something is done, thought of or made; they transform the accepted rules, processes, strategies, and management of business functions. They shift behavior, shape culture, and make clever happen.”

Upon hearing the news of receiving the award, Mr. Jackson said, “This is a very special honor for me because it reinforces Benchmark International’s status as an industry leader on a global stage. Our team deserves to share in this recognition because of the true dedication they pour into every deal that we make happen.”

The nominations made by their voters are studied in order to recognize that all of those nominated are leaders in their fields, and some exceptional performances deserve recognition.

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