PierCap Partners Launches M&A Investment Banking Firm in San Diego

Firm provides unique mix of Wall Street and Main Street experience, with focus on serving local privately held, family-owned businesses.

SAN DIEGO (February, 2016) – PierCap Partners, a mergers and acquisition (M&A) investment banking firm, has launched in San Diego with a new office in Del Mar. Dedicated to serving privately held and family-owned businesses with revenues ranging from $10 million to $250 million, PierCap Partners helps businesses create value through acquisitions or partial/full sale of ownership interest for the best combination of price, terms and strategic fit.

Unlike most M&A firms, which approach transactions solely from the vantage point of deal-makers, PierCap’s co-founders and managing directors, Ashish Jariwala and Zaheer Dhruv, have personal experiences on all sides of the transactional table–as business operators, acquirers, sellers, marketers, strategists and corporate leaders. For Jariwala and Dhruv, these diverse perspectives converge on a common theme–helping businesses create value.

“For most owners, selling their business or bringing on new investors is not something they do every day. For us, it’s our singular focus,” said Jariwala. “We understand how important it is to get the countless details just right. Our goal is to give owners peace of mind throughout the process, knowing that they are armed with the data and insights needed to make the best decisions to meet their goals.”

Jariwala began his career as an entrepreneur with an industrial manufacturing business. After a challenging start, a leveraged acquisition and many years of continual investment, he executed a successful, but laborious, sale process. Over the next 15 years, he then moved on to a career as an investment banker in New York, and later California. He advised dozens of middle-market, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, private and public companies, multinational corporations, ESOPs and management groups. But he never lost sight of what it felt like to be on the business-owner’s side of the table, including the anxiety and self-doubt that comes from going through the complex M&A process alone.

Dhruv’s background includes private equity and corporate transactional experience, supporting multiple acquisitions and leading technology due diligence and integration efforts. Over the last 15 years, his leadership roles have included such functional areas as strategy, digital marketing, technology, customer operations and investment research. He understands how successful business operate and what it takes to achieve growth ambitions. A hallmark of his leadership experience has been enabling teams to anticipate the implications of growth on the business and identify the right times to take action.

PierCap Partners’ proven, disciplined M&A process is founded by three fundamental principles: (1) maintaining the delicate balance and spirit of collaboration, (2) establishing and negotiating from a position of strength, and (3) securing optimal outcome and trust between all impacted parties. The team explores all viable financial options, provides marketing and positioning expertise, pursues the highest quality prospects (locally, nationally and globally), employs proven negotiation strategies, and successfully reaches deals that achieve client goals.

“Mergers and acquisitions are a critical part of a business strategy,” said Dhruv. “Our goal is to see all business owners explore multiple viable offers and to have the transaction cross the finish line with minimal disruptions to running their business. Being able to do so effectively benefits not just the owners and the business, but also the larger communities they serve.”

The firm’s services include investment banking, partial or full business sales (sell-side M&A), acquisitions (buy-side M&A), divestitures, transaction advisory, valuations and opinions and strategic assessments. By focusing on a small number of clients, PierCap Partners is able to provide senior-level engagement throughout each phase of a transaction, with the singular goal of helping owners achieve their personal and professional goals.

Investment banking, M&A advisory and securities are offered through Independent Investment Bankers Corp., a registered broker-dealer, member FINRA/SIPC. PierCap Partners LLC and Independent Investment Bankers Corp. are not affiliated entities. More information about PierCap Partners, including further details about the team’s background, experience, service offerings and processes, is available at www.piercappartners.com, on LinkedIn or by calling (858) 342-7517.