An Independent Sponsor Podcast

Ongoing Series


“Deal-by-Deal,” a podcast brought to you by McGuireWoods, explores middle-market M&A with independent sponsors and other private equity professionals who employ the independent sponsor model.

Episode 3: April 26, 2021

On this episode of Deal-by-Deal, John Huhn, managing partner at Compass Group Equity Partners, talks to host Rebecca Brophy and McGuireWoods partner Jon Finger about how he got involved with the independent sponsor model and where he thinks the model is headed.

John also discusses why it’s important for independent sponsors to be clear on their preferred role in an investment partnership and how independent sponsors have the opportunity to shape and improve businesses over time. John shares his approach to finding deals, how to identify the right capital partners and the work needed to help establish trust.

Episode 2: March 30, 2021

On this episode of Deal-by-Deal, host Greg Hawver is joined by McGuireWoods partner Richard Grant and Columbia River Partners' Pooneet Goel and Nathan Chandrasekaran who share insights regarding closing complex M&A transactions and driving growth post-closing.

The second half of the episode features Brad Harrop of Capstone Headwaters and McGuireWoods' Brian Coughlan talking in-depth about the current state of credit markets for middle-market M&A transactions, including specific trends and deal terms.

Episode 1: February 16, 2021

In this inaugural episode, McGuireWoods partners Greg Hawver, Rebecca Brophy and Jeff Brooker share the three components of a conventional independent sponsor deal and how to account for carried interest.

Following a spirited conversation of war stories and lessons learned while working on middle-market private equity M&A at the ground level, McGuireWoods partner Bryan Bylica joins Greg to discuss additional expansions of the Paycheck Protection Program. They examine different aspects of the program, including the scope of who can apply, decreased incentives for banks and its biggest pitfall.


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