DeSilva + Phillips Announces Oaklins

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

For the past three years, we have been collaborating closely with the member firms of the leading global mid-market banking organization, M&A International. To better serve our clients, we are excited to announce an even deeper integration with our international colleagues as M&A International becomes Oaklins – a newly formed global investment bank with offices in 60 cities across 40 countries.

Through this expanded affiliation we have effectively increased the size of our investment banking team from 24 professionals to 700, and have expanded our geographic footprint to encompass the entire globe. Oaklins’ newly created global organization structure provides for seamless multi-office deal team collaboration and a shared brand identity.

Oaklins, which is comprised of 47 member firms, was ranked by Mergermarket as the worldwide leader in mid-market M&A transaction volume with a total of 195 deals in 2015, valued at $8.2 billion. In the last five years, the organization has closed more than 1,500 transactions, valued in excess of $75 billion.

We work with our Oaklins colleagues on a daily basis and have recently closed two deals each with member firms in France and the Netherlands, one deal with the Oaklins team in Toronto and one with the team in Cleveland. And, currently we have a deal pending with another member. Our affiliation with Oaklins is already paying dividends for our clients.

DeSilva+Phillips has built its success based on our deep industry expertise. Our professionals have served as entrepreneurs and senior executives and have successfully completed hundreds of transactions in the markets we cover. In addition to our unparalleled sector experience, we can now offer our clients global coverage. We remain an independent firm and will continue to use our own name; DeSilva+Phillips – but you should expect our colleagues in Oaklins to be increasingly valuable contributors to our transactions, as we help our clients find the best possible outcomes.

Please visit our newly relaunched website at dp.oaklins.com for more information on both DeSilva+Phillips and Oaklins. If you would like to discuss how we can help you with your M&A or strategic needs, please contact either one of us or anyone else at the firm.

Warm Regards,

Roland A. DeSilva                     Reed Phillips III

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