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Deep industry ties in our focus sectors allow us to bring actionable ideas to our financial sponsor clients. Our professionals are able to bring financial sponsors to appropriate companies seeking investment, and to access a deep pool of equity investors interested in middle market companies.

Once all parties are at the table, we move into execution. We leverage the resources of KeyBanc Capital Markets® to deliver M&A advisory services, debt and equity capital markets and leveraged finance solutions. Working with many financial sponsors time and time again, we bring our trusted partners opportunities on a regular basis, with the understanding that when we commit, we get the deal done.

We don’t try to be experts in all things, but focus on specific industries. Our specializations include: industrial and manufacturing; consumer and retail; oil and gas; utilities, power and renewables; healthcare; technology; real estate and many sub-sectors within these categories.

Key regularly facilitates introductions and provides capital to fund strategic investments. Recent examples can be found here (PDF), and include:

  • KeyBanc Capital Markets served as Joint Lead Arranger, Joint Bookrunner & Syndication Agent on $1,285 million of Senior Credit Facilities for Fairmount Minerals, Ltd. (“Fairmount”) to acquire substantially all of FTS International’s sand reserves, processing facilities and associated logistics assets. KeyBanc has a strong history with Fairmount, having served as sell-side advisor for Fairmount in 2010, as well as Joint Lead Arranger for financing in 2010 and 2011.
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets served as buy-side advisor to Ignite Restaurant Group ("IRG"), a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney & Co., in its acquisition of Romano's Macaroni Grill. In addition, we closed the senior financing supporting this acquisition, serving as Joint Lead Arranger and Joint Bookrunner on $150 million Senior Secured Credit Facilities for IRG. In May 2012, we served as co-manager on a $93 million IPO of IRG.
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets acted as Sole Lead Arranger, Sole Bookrunner and Administrative Agent on $75 million of senior secured credit facilities for Authentic Brands Group, LLC (“ABG”), a portfolio company of Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. (“Leonard Green”). The proceeds were used to fund a dividend recapitalization. This transaction represents KBCM’s first transaction with Leonard Green and ABG, as well as ABG’s debut debt syndication.

Key’s highly specialized teams are able to deliver financial sponsors with companies in need of investment in multiple industries. The major categories in which we specialize include the following:

  • Consumer & Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial
  • Oil & Gas
  • Real Estate
  • Utilities, Power & Renewables
  • Technology

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KeyBanc Capital Markets brings ideas, and the ability to finance the execution of those ideas. We do this through our deep ties to companies in our focus industries. Execution of these strategic ideas is provided through a full service platform including the following:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Advice
  • IPOs and follow on offerings
  • Leveraged Finance
  • High yield debt
  • Asset Based Lending
  • Derivatives and Foreign Exchange