Franklin Partners is a preeminent merger and acquisition advisory firm specializing in private company sell-side transactions
Partners for the journey
Proven success in numerous industries and business models
Navigating the challenges to reach a superior outcome
Insightful, direct, relentless
Our diverse experiences give us uncommon insights into deal making. We have sat on all sides of the table—as CEOs, CFOs, directors, lenders, corporate development professionals and business owners, as well as investment bankers—and we have led deals in many industries—consumer, commercial, professional and technical services, manufacturing and more.
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Before founding Franklin Partners, Chip led a private manufacturing company with a direct-to-consumer model and with significant operational challenges. He was also the Chief Financial Officer of a NASDAQ company, and after graduating from business school, he was part of the acquisition team of a multinational, NYSE corporation (Owens Illinois, Inc.). Chip has been a board director of public and private companies as well as not-for-profit organizations.
Chip is a graduate of Grinnell College and the Booth School of Business of The University of Chicago.
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Joel joined Franklin Partners in 2011 and has 20 years of investment and commercial banking experience. Prior to joining Franklin Partners, Joel was with a Minneapolis-based syndicate lender where he underwrote, serviced and restructured complex commercial loans in hospitality, Native American gaming, senior housing and commercial real estate development.
Joel is an insightful and practical dealmaker, with the ability to pull together competing parties to a common purpose. He can also relate to owners seeking a transition, having served on the board and overseeing the sale of his family’s multigenerational business.
Joel is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, and the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management (MBA).
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Trey joined Franklin Partners in 2023 from Loon Advisors, an investment bank where he worked on a variety of private and public company private placement and M&A transactions. Prior to investment banking, Trey began his career in clinical research and medical sales.
Trey is a graduate of Macalester College and is pursuing an MBA at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Our team also includes our extensive network of industry-specific experts, fractional CFOs, and specialists in digital marketing, technology assessment, operations and market research. Together we ensure your business is prepared and positioned correctly to maximize its value.
We prepare an objective analysis of the business that articulates a strong company position, illustrates the unique and differentiating characteristics while addressing typical buyer concerns—resulting in more buyers and better outcomes.
We prepare our clients and their teams for the rigors of the sale process—and we manage the process to success.
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If you are considering a sale or recapitalization of your business and would like to know more about our approach, please contact us:
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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
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