Chief Executive Officer | Managing Director
Mr. Graves oversees Hilco’s Investment Banking Business and is a member of the Investment Banking Leadership Team. He brings over 25 years of shareholder value creation and corporate finance expertise to Board Members, Private Company Shareholders, Private Equity Groups, and Sr. Executives. He and his team focus on working with clients to buy, sell, and merge companies as well as restructuring companies, negotiating asset, debt, and equity transactions, assessing the value of businesses/providing fairness opinions, and helping companies find needed debt and equity capital.
Brian’s experience includes a wide range of divestiture/sell mandates, turnaround, growth strategy, merger, acquisition, and capital raising initiatives across most economic sectors. He has worked extensively in several industries including manufacturing, industrial distribution, automotive and trucking, technology, e-commerce, telecom, healthcare, business services, building products, financial services, food & beverage, consumer products, retail, and media. His experience as a M&A Advisor, Board Member, Investment Executive, and Operating Leader has provided him and his team with a strong network of Private Equity and Strategic Buyers desiring to grow by acquisition and private capital investment. Specifically, his experience includes Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures, private and public company investment, strategy, financial restructuring, and debt/equity financing for businesses with $15MM to over $3 billion in revenue. His previous experience includes leadership and advisory roles with Dresner Partners Investment Bank, IMAP Investment Bank, Ernst & Young's Strategic Advisory Group, Credit Suisse's HOLT Value Group, Mesirow Financial, and Motorola. He has advised leading institutional investment groups, public and privately held companies along with privately held high growth mid stage companies who all have one thing in common, a desire for "Wall Street Sophisticated Strategic Advise and Services" tailored to their organization's needs. Accordingly, Brian has a deep understanding of how to best position companies for sale, create and lead a competitive process, and negotiate to successful closings.
Mr. Graves holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Purdue University. Brian is also a Member of the Board of Directors for Summit Holdings and he is active with the Association for Corporate Growth. He has been featured as a guest speaker and panelist where he has shared insights on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, valuation, growth strategy, and private equity investing and been featured in Experts Corner of Mergers and Acquisitions magazine and has authored articles for Transaction Advisors M&A Journal.