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Benchmark International’s Wins Private Equity Deal Of The Year For The Americas For Sale Of KGM To Compass Group Equity Partners

Benchmark International was recognized by the Global M&A Network for its role in arranging and brokering the sale of KGM, an Oklahoma-based natural gas infrastructure distributor, to St. Louis-based private equity firm Compass Group Equity Partners. The coveted "Private Equity Deal of the Year for the Americas" was awarded at this month's 14th Annual M&A Americas Atlas Awards at Manhattan's Metropolitan Club.  

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Benchmark International Wins Investment Bank Of The Year (Small Mid-Market Americas)

Benchmark International has been honored with an M&A Atlas Award from the Global M&A Network for Small Mid-Market Investment Bank of the Year (Americas).

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Benchmark International Wins Several M&A Atlas Awards: Investment Bank Of The Year (Small-mid Market), Deal Of The Year (Small-mid Market), And Logistics Deal Of The Year

Benchmark International was honored with several M&A Atlas Awards by the Global M&A Network, including:

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Benchmark International Ranked in Multiple Global League Tables

Benchmark International is delighted to announce that it has been ranked in several league tables for the number of deals it has conducted throughout 2022.

Mergermarket’s M&A League Tables for 2022 has ranked Benchmark International number 10 for the number of deals it has conducted in Ireland, up from position 27 in 2021. Other companies in the top 10 include Deloitte, KPMG and PwC.

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FactSet’s Flashwire Advisor league tables has also ranked Benchmark International in its quarterly league for the number of deals it has conducted in the UK, Europe and globally in Q4.

In the UK, Benchmark has placed 8th, 22nd for Europe, and has ranked 40th globally.

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Benchmark International Ranked #1 Sell-Side-Exclusive M&A Firm In The World By Pitchbook

Pitchbook has released their Q3 2022 global league tables, and Benchmark International remains an esteemed leader in the M&A world.

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Benchmark International’s Brittney Zoeller Wins Emerging Leaders Award

The M&A Advisor announced the winners for its 13th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards, and Benchmark International's Global Creative and Brand Strategy Director, Brittney Zoeller, is among the winners.

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Benchmark International Awarded Corporate / Strategic Deal Of The Year ($10MM - $25MM)

Benchmark International was awarded Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year ($10MM - $25MM) for the transaction of Performance Equipment to Mid State Restoration in The M&A Advisor's 21st Annual M&A Advisor Awards.

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Benchmark International Named Leading Specialist M&A Advisory Firm Of The Year 2023

Benchmark International has been named Leading Specialist M&A Advisory Firm of the Year 2023 in the United Kingdom by Acquisition International's Leading Adviser Awards.

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Benchmark International Ranked in Factset’s Global League Tables

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that it has ranked in FactSet’s Flashwire Advisor league tables for the number of deals it has conducted in the UK, Europe and globally in Q3.

In the UK, Benchmark has placed 8th, among companies such as BDO, Grant Thornton, KPMG, and PwC.

Meanwhile, for Europe, Benchmark has placed 23rd, and has ranked 40th globally.

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FactSet Mergers covers all deals where the buyer and seller are disclosed and the transaction involves the sale of at least 5% stake in a business, with some exceptions for impactful or high value deals.

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Benchmark International Awarded International Gamechanger™ Progress Champion For Race And Culture Equality

Benchmark International was named International Gamechanger™ Progress Champion for Race and Culture Equality in the 2022 ACQ5 Global Awards.

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Benchmark International’s Ireland Office Ranked 7th In Emea Advisory League Tables

Benchmark International is pleased to announce that it has been ranked 7th in the top 10 by Mergermarket for the number of deals it has conducted in Ireland. KPMG, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, and PwC are amongst the companies to also rank in the top 10. An Acuris company, Mergermarket delivers M&A intelligence, data, and research. 

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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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Benchmark International's Gregory Jackson Named CEO Of The Year

In the GAMECHANGERS (ACQ5) 2021 GLOBAL AWARDS, Gregory P. Jackson, CEO of Benchmark International, has been named CEO of The Year in the area of Corporate Finance.

The ACQ is a leading corporate news publication serving the sector since 2003, with a global audience of more than 261,000 subscribers. The GAMECHANGERS (ACQ5) GLOBAL AWARDS celebrate achievement, innovation, and brilliance, recognizing the world's most outstanding organizations and professionals.

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

In the GAMECHANGERS (ACQ5) 2021 GLOBAL AWARDS, Benchmark International has been named the International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory of The Year.

The ACQ is a leading corporate news publication serving the sector since 2003, with a global audience of more than 261,000 subscribers. The GAMECHANGERS (ACQ5) GLOBAL AWARDS celebrate achievement, innovation and brilliance, recognizing the most outstanding organizations and professionals in the world. 

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Benchmark International Ranked #1 Sell-Side, privately owned M&A Advisors in the World by Pitchbook

PitchBook has released their 2020 Annual Global League Tables, and Benchmark International is ranked the #1 Sell-Side Exclusive, Privately-Owned, M&A Advisors in the world. PitchBook is a leading financial data provider covering M&A, private equity, and venture capital deal activity.

“We are delighted to be recognized by PitchBook as one of the most active firms in the world,” said Greg Jackson, CEO of Benchmark International. “We remain grateful to our clients for their continued confidence in us and proud of our team’s unwavering dedication and success.”

Executive Chairman, Steven Keane added “This important news solidifies Benchmark International’s standing in the world as a true market leader in the mergers and acquisitions community. It is also a “benchmark” for our company, which was founded in 2008 and remains in private ownership, knowing that our talented team can only continue to make strides from here and carry out our mission to accomplish great things for our clients. We add this recognition to our long and growing list of accomplishments.”

PitchBook’s Global League Tables are a comprehensive report on private equity and venture capital activity worldwide for the year. They are compiled using the count of completed deals for the specified deal type, region, and other criteria. The listing only includes publicly disclosed transactions and/or those confirmed by PitchBook’s primary research team.

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Benchmark International Shortlisted For Deal Of The Year

Benchmark International was shortlisted for Deal of the Year (Sub £10m) by Insider Media in their Insider North West Dealmakers Awards for the Investment into 1st Class Holidays to PHD Equity Partners.

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