25 years of performance

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


Partners for
the journey

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.


Burton F. Myers II

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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 R. Fischer

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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).

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. 


Success in numerous industries and business models

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.


Navigating the challenges to reach superior outcomes

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We prepare our clients and their teams for the rigors of the sale process—and we manage the process to success. 

Transactions in the lower middle market have unique challenges

  • Owners and their management teams are usually not prepared for the rigors of a sale process involving highly skilled, professional buyers and their advisors.
  • Our clients frequently uncover new market niches that require research and explanation for buyers to grasp the potential of the opportunity.
  • The usual suspects—large corporate competitors and generalist private equity firms—want to apply standard valuation metrics in a one-size-fits-all strategy that is predicated on sellers not knowing the real value of their business.

How we address these challenges

  • We take the time to prepare our clients for the sale process. We collect, analyze and organize the information to substantiate the opportunity, and we coach the team through each step of the process, shoulder-to-shoulder.
  • We uncover the unique attributes of each business and present these attributes in compelling ways. We strive to make it easy for buyers to recognize and substantiate the strategic opportunity, and to make our client the most attractive potential acquisition they are considering.
  • We get beyond the usual suspects. We seek out buyers who will embrace fresh ideas and we conduct competitive sale processes. Our contacts include thousands of buyers across the globe—companies with a broad range of investment themes.


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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Franklin Partners Inc.
222 South Ninth Street #3050
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

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