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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 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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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 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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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’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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Kendall Stafford Wins the 2020 Americas Rising Star Dealmakers Award

A special congratulations to Managing Partner Kendall Stafford at Benchmark International for receiving the Americas Rising Star Dealmakers award for 2020.

Global M&A Network honored the winners of the Americas Rising Star Dealmakers during the 3rd annual virtual ceremony celebrations held this year. The prestigious "once in a lifetime" award singularly recognizes brilliant and exceptional young dealmakers from the private equity and growth investors, lending, M&A, and restructuring transactional communities.

"We congratulate the winners for their talents and commitment to excellence in executing growth generating deals. They represent the future of the industry as an invaluable team member at their firm. We are especially delighted to honor their outstanding achievements during these times of economic uncertainty as the recipient of the "rising golden star" personal trophy accolade and wish them many successes throughout their professional career and for many more years ahead." said Shanta Kumari, CEO and global group editor, at Global M&A Network.

Kendall Stafford was chosen based on her track record of success, compassionate leadership skills, and expanded M&A knowledge. Kendall commented regarding the award, "It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Global M&A Network as one of America’s top dealmakers. I am passionate about helping middle-market business owners achieve their exit strategies. I have been fortunate to have been given the opportunity to thrive in such a rewarding market.”

Kendall began as a Director at Benchmark International's US headquarters in Tampa, Florida. She now resides as the Managing Partner at Benchmark International's Austin office, where she continues to lead with compassion, empathy, and transparency, not only for her clients but for her team. 

Check out the full list of 2020 winners HERE, and again congratulations to Kendall Stafford for being acknowledged and receiving this prestigious award.

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Benchmark International’s Steven Keane Named Chairman Of The Year

Benchmark International’s very own Steven Keane was named 2020 Chairman of the Year by Corp Today Magazine’s Global Business Awards.

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Benchmark International’s James Robinson Wins ‘Young Accountant of the Year’

Benchmark International is proud to announce that James Robinson, Associate Director for the Manchester Transaction Team, has been awarded ‘Young Accountant of the Year’ by Insider Media as part of its North West Young Professionals Awards 2020.

This award is for accountancy-related professionals and includes people working in professional practice and in the finance teams of corporate businesses.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions, no awards ceremony took place this year, but the achievements of those across a range of sectors including banking, accountancy, law, property and marketing, are still being honoured.

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Benchmark International Is Honored To Support the TGH Foundation

Benchmark International received a thank you card from Tampa General Hospital (TGH), reminding us how important it is to support our neighbors and healthcare heroes during these unprecedented times.

On April 14th and 15th, our founders Steven Keane and Gregory Jackson purchased 400 pizza pies to feed the healthcare professionals at TGH. We wanted to give back to the community by supporting our favorite pizza place - Grimaldi's Pizzeria, while also feeding the healthcare professionals at TGH, who are selflessly working each day to help fight against COVID-19 and keep our community safe.

Benchmark International is honored to have supported Tampa General Hospital and their inspiring healthcare heroes.

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Benchmark International Awarded Young Professional Team Of The Year

Insider Media recognized Benchmark International with its “Young Professional Team of the Year” award.

Benchmark has also been shortlisted by Insider for the Small Business Deal of the Year 2022 in the Wales Dealmakers Awards for the acquisition of Capital Network Solutions by Flow Communications. These awards spotlight top company transactions over the year and the corporate finance advisers, company dealmakers, lawyers, and funders that made them happen.

Insider is the United Kingdom’s most successful regional B2B media company, with five regional B2B magazines read every year by more than 200,000 subscribers. They host around 140 market-leading events, including award dinners in all regions outside of London. Its Young Professionals Awards has been celebrating talent across the region in various sectors since 2003.

Gregory Jackson, the CEO of Benchmark, said, “The hard work that our team members put in daily is constantly being recognized around the world. And it should be because they truly deserve to be praised for their talent and high standards.”

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Congratulations to Kendall Stafford for Being Awarded as One of the Top 10 Most Successful Businesswomen to Watch

A special congratulations to Managing Partner, Kendall Stafford at Benchmark International who was recognized and awarded by Insights Success Magazine as one of the top 10 most successful businesswomen to watch in 2019.

Insights Success Magazine focuses on leading companies, their style of conducting business and ways of delivering effective solutions to strengthen market share.  

Kendall was recognized for her compassionate leadership skills and M&A knowledge that continue to shine throughout her career and success with Benchmark International.  

Kendall began as a Director at Benchmark International’s US headquarters in Tampa, Florida. She now resides as the Managing Partner at Benchmark International’s Austin office, where she continues to lead with compassion, empathy, and transparency not only for her clients but for her team.  

She is responsible for motivating and mentoring the team in Austin, ensuring customer service standards are consistently met, and effectively transacting duties the team was hired to perform.  She says, If I do these three things successfully, everything else falls in line. My effective communication, organization, and negotiation skills serve me well in this role.” 

Kendall's reaction to receiving this recognition and award demonstrates her determination to continue to be a leader in this space and an inspiration for other women. “I’m honored to have been recognized for this award. I think it is a testament to the values I hold for myself but also for the values I continue to evoke as my role as Managing Partner at Benchmark International.”  

Kendall added in the article that for budding women leaders, she advised, “Young women who would like to start their own business should just go for it. There’s no time like the present and you must believe in yourself. Don’t listen to anyone that says you can’t do something and never let fear stop you from trying. You will learn a lot about yourself and your business during the journey and, ultimately, you will be surprised at what you accomplished along the way.” 

Check out the complete article here, and again a special congratulations to Kendall Stafford for being acknowledged and receiving this prestigious honor.  

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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 the Gamechangers™ ACQ Global Awards.

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 most extensive program of their kind in the market, celebrating achievement, innovation, and brilliance in the industry. They have a legitimately independent nomination process, and the winners are chosen by the industry itself. 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. The awards are the only industry honors awarded purely on the basis of voter participation.

Gregory Jackson, CEO of Benchmark International, said, “Our incredibly talented team is behind our success. Everyone is so focused on doing the best for our clients—it’s actually personal for them. They see each deal from the perspective of the business owner and really know what it’s like to be in their shoes. Our compassion coupled with our expertise gives us an edge all around the world.”

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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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Benchmark International’s Nick Hulme Named Most Active Financial Advisor

Benchmark International’s Nick Hulme was named Most Active Financial Advisor by Pro-Manchester Annual Corporate Finance Review.

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Benchmark International Awarded Leading Mid-market Corporate Advisory Firm Of The Year

Posted on September 15, 2019 By in Recognition + #BenchmarkAwards

Benchmark International has been named the Leading Mid-Market Corporate Advisory Firm of the Year by Acquisition International’s Leading Advisory Awards.

Acquisition International has a circulation of 108,000 readers in more than 170 countries. It is one of the many publications by AI Global Media, a UK-based publisher that has had more than 200 issues to its name since 2010.

Each year, the publication highlights some of the world’s most renowned and innovative professionals. Their team works diligently to ensure that the awards are allocated only to the individuals and firms that truly deserve them and have demonstrated excellence within their respective fields. From large international corporations to small firms and individuals, the Leading Advisory Awards recognize the industry’s very best in the business and serve as the ultimate guide for those seeking trusted experts.

The award recipients are based on achievements, endeavors, and efforts made over the previous 12 months. Acquisition International’s in-house team uses publicly available sources such as local and national press, industry journals, client recommendations, press releases, and other published works to potential source candidates based entirely on merit, each of which is then carefully scrutinized to narrow down a shortlist, followed by a final selected list.

Throughout this process, factors that the team takes into consideration include sector expertise, experience, industry recognition, innovation, client testimonials, reputation, firm performance, leadership, and extracurricular activities, among others.

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Benchmark International Named International Gamechanger Of The Year


Benchmark International has been named International Gamechanger of the Year by the Gamechangers™ ACQ Global Awards.

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 winners are chosen by the industry itself. 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. The awards are the only industry honors awarded purely on the basis of voter participation.

Steven Keane, Chairman of Benchmark International, said, “Once again, our team proves that we are changing the game and having a great time doing it. We are passionate about going out of our way to make the best deals for our clients, and we appreciate that the world is recognizing the difference that we make.”

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Benchmark International Awarded North America Deal Of The Year

Posted on September 14, 2019 By in Recognition + #BenchmarkAwards

Benchmark International has been awarded the North America Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor in the 10th Annual International M&A Awards for facilitating the acquisition of Gasco Afilliates, LLC by Tech Air.

The M&A Advisor Awards are widely respected as a pinnacle of achievement in the industry, recognizing excellence in dealmaking, restructuring, and financing, celebrating the contributions and achievements of leading firms and professionals.

The M&A Advisor serves the world’s leading M&A, financing, and restructuring professionals. It was founded in 1998 to publish insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions. Since then, they have been serving the world’s premier organization of M&A, turnaround, and finance professionals. It is the preeminent organization recognizing excellence, honoring achievement, presenting thought leadership, and facilitating connections among the world’s leading dealmaking professionals.

It is a prestigious honor to be recognized on such a global scale, and the entire Benchmark International team looks forward to making more great deals happen in the future.

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Benchmark International’s Bhavina Halai Shortlisted For Young Professionals Award

Benchmark International’s Bhavina Halai was honored by the Insider Young Professionals Awards for being shortlisted as Young Business Development Professional by Insider Media.

Insider is the United Kingdom’s most successful regional B2B media company, with five regional B2B magazines read every year by more than 200,000 subscribers. They host around 140 market-leading events, including award dinners in all regions outside of London. Its Young Professionals Awards has been celebrating talent across the region in various sectors since 2003, recognizing those under the age of 35 who have made a difference through their dedication, expertise, and dynamic approach.

Congratulations, Bhavina!

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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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Benchmark International’s Shortlisted For Business Of The Year

Benchmark International’s was shortlisted for Business of the Year by the Greater Manchester Business Awards.

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Benchmark International Wins Gold Addy Award

Benchmark International was awarded a Gold ADDY Award by the American Advertising Awards. The ADDY was awarded for Benchmark’s publication, THE MARK.

THE MARK is designed to inform business owners and leaders with unique perspectives on an array of subjects, as well as information regarding Benchmark’s recent accomplishments as an M&A leader. It is a comprehensive resource of roughly 100 pages and covers highly relevant topics, as well as client testimonials and completed transactions.

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest competition, with more than 25,000 entries each year in local AAF Ad Club Competitions. Its mission is to reward the creative spirit of excellence in advertising. Selection of the most creative entry in each category is determined by a scoring process, in which a panel of judges evaluates all dimensions of every piece. A GOLD ADDY is a recognition of the highest level of creative excellence.

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Benchmark International Wins Silver Addy Award

Benchmark International was awarded a Silver ADDY Award by the American Advertising Awards. The ADDY was awarded for Benchmark’s rebranding initiative.

The rebranding initiative revamped the look and feel of the overall Benchmark brand, including a newly designed logo. The new branding is very elegant and conveys quality, professionalism, and a high level of sophistication. You can see the refined branding showcased throughout the Benchmark website.

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest competition, with more than 25,000 entries each year in local AAF Ad Club Competitions. Its mission is to reward the creative spirit of excellence in advertising. Selection of the most creative entry in each category is determined by a scoring process, in which a panel of judges evaluates all dimensions of every piece.

Congratulations to the Benchmark marketing team for such a deserved recognition!

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Benchmark International Awarded Financial Deal Of The Year

Posted on September 14, 2018 By in Recognition + #BenchmarkAwards

Benchmark International has been awarded the Financial Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor in the 10th Annual International M&A Awards for facilitating the acquisition of Silexx Financial Systems by the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

The M&A Advisor Awards are widely respected as a pinnacle of achievement in the industry, recognizing excellence in dealmaking, restructuring, and financing, celebrating the contributions and achievements of leading firms and professionals.

The M&A Advisor serves the world’s leading M&A, financing, and restructuring professionals. It was founded in 1998 to publish insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions. Since then, they have been serving the world’s premier organization of M&A, turnaround, and finance professionals. It is the preeminent organization recognizing excellence, honoring achievement, presenting thought leadership, and facilitating connections among the world’s leading dealmaking professionals.

The Benchmark team is honored for this recognition and is proud to continually make game-changing deals around the world.

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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 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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