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 6: October 15, 2021

The demand has never been greater for fully invested, sustainable healthcare. Considering the events of the past year and a half, the healthcare industry is more relevant than ever. For Archimedes Healthcare Investors founder and managing partner Harry Eichelberger, independent sponsorship for healthcare is exciting and ripe with opportunity.

Join host Rebecca Brophy, McGuireWoods partner Holly Buckley and Harry as they discuss business models, alignment and the sweet-spot of healthcare investment. Hear Harry discuss the transition from private equity to independent sponsorship and what it means to be nimble. Gain insight as Holly and Harry share what they believe to be the investment areas poised to grow.

Episode 5: September 15, 2021

Deal activity in 2021 continues at an unprecedented clip. Join hosts Greg HawverJeff Brooker and Rebecca Brophy as they discuss activity heading into the fourth quarter and how to navigate the uncertainties tightening the pressure valve on M&A middle market.

In the second half of this episode, Greg is joined by McGuireWoods partner Tom DeSplinter and DuneGlass managing partners Ryan Graham and Daniel Hosler. Learn why Ryan and Daniel made the switch to independent sponsor from private equity. Hear what they’ve learned along the way as they discuss the benefits of the independent sponsor model and share insights on healthcare investment opportunities.

Episode 4: June 30, 2021

In Episode 4, host Jeff Brooker is joined by Pleasant Bay Capital Partners managing director Scott Fisher. Tune in as Scott shares tips for fledgling independent sponsors, including strategies for cultivating relationships, the pros and cons of doing deals with multiple capital providers and the importance of carving out a personal niche as an independent sponsor.

In the second half of the episode, host Greg Hawver joins Jeff to provide a sneak peek of the much-awaited results of McGuireWoods’ independent sponsor deal survey for transactions completed in 2018 – 2020.

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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