Our Approach

Founded in 2010, First Hill Partners is a regionally focused, middle market investment bank dedicated to providing high-touch, advisory services to founders, companies and investors.

We take a long term approach and pride ourselves on offering our clients access to our deep rolodex of relationships, in-depth industry knowledge, structuring and negotiating expertise as well as strategic guidance. Unique to our firm all of the principals have worked in both operating roles as well as financial services.  Transactions are lead exclusively by our senior bankers.  First Hill’s team has decades of experience, having completed over 150 transactions throughout their careers.

We have significant expertise across a variety of industries including:

  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Business Services
  • Closely Held Business
  • Industrial Technology and Manufacturing
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Food and Beverage Equipment

First Hill provides mergers & acquisitions, capital raising, and advisory services. All securities transactions are offered through our wholly owned subsidiary First Hill Securities, LLC, a member of FINRA and SIPC.

Our dedication to innovative companies, combined with our extensive network of business relationships and proven execution capabilities, makes us a trusted advisor to our corporate clients and a valued resource to investors.

Our Services

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Our principals have significant experience in a variety of company sales, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. We provide our clients with strategic insight and analysis, a deep rolodex of relationships and senior-level attention and execution on every transaction. For our company sale/divestiture clients, this approach has helped us to strategically position our clients to a broad base of potential buyers (including those not immediately obvious to all parties), enabling us to exceed expectations for consideration and service received. For our buy side clients, our broad relationships allow us to present proprietary acquisition targets that enable those clients access to strategic targets.

Key components of our M&A services include:

  • Sell-side Representation
  • Buy-side Representation
  • Management Buyouts
  • Restructuring
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CAPITAL RAISING

First Hill’s principals have held leadership positions in the venture, private equity and debt placement functions for a variety of firms. This background has created an extensive network of investors interested in all components of our client’s capital structure ranging from senior and subordinated debt to venture capital and private equity. Moreover, these relationships enable us to maximize the strategic value of a financing partner, while minimizing our clients’ cost of capital. Additionally, these capital providers have come to value First Hill’s domain knowledge in bringing them opportunities that are relevant to each of their focus areas. In short, they see differentiated transactions from us.

Key components of our capital formation services include:

  • Equity Placements
  • Debt Placements
  • Strategic Investments
  • Recapitalizations
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BOARD AND FOUNDER ADVISORY SERVICES

Unlike many transaction-only based investment banks, First Hill takes a longer-term view of its relationships. Our Board and Founder Advisory Services business was initially created based on demand from many of our reference clients who after selling their business have started, or taken over senior roles, at new companies. We have since expanded this offering to provide long term guidance to companies that are considering transactions in the medium to long term be they closely held businesses with founders looking to retire, companies experiencing generational change or entrepreneurial companies seeking a long term home for their organization.

Key components of our Board and Founder Advisory Services Include:

  • Corporate Strategy and Positioning
  • Transaction Timing Evaluation
  • Generational Transition
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