Franklin Partners advises a U.S. Private Capital Fund in Recapitalization.

Franklin Partners initiated and completed a transaction to provide liquidity to a private capital fund for its portfolio company, a security systems integrator. More »


Franklin Partners advises innovative education products company in sale.

Smith System Manufacturing Company, a Texas-based manufacturer of progressive furniture for pre-K-12 students, has been acquired by Steelcase Inc. More »


All States Ag Parts Acquired by Kinderhook Industries.

All States Ag Parts, the largest and fastest growing supplier of new, used and remanufactured tractor and combine parts in North America, has been acquired by Kinderhook Industries. More »


Franklin Partners
announces healthcare
M&A transaction.

Franklin Partners has initiated and negotiated the sale of The Burchfield Group, a leading pharmacy benefit consulting, auditing and compliance services company, to Aon plc. More »


Franklin Partners
advises Top Tool Company
in sale to Cirtec Medical.

Top Tool Company, a manufacturer of complex, small precision stamped components for the medical products industry has been acquired by Cirtec Medical, LLC. More »


Franklin Partners
advises Merrill Corporation
in sale of business unit.

Merrill Corporation, a global provider of secure content sharing, regulated communications and disclosure services, has announced it has sold its Real Estate and Franchise business to Xpressdocs Holdings, Inc. More »


Cirus Controls, LLC acquired by Certified Power, Inc.

Cirus Controls announced that is has been acquired by Certified Power, Inc. a leading value-added distributor and provider of engineered fluid power and machined solutions. More »


Franklin Partners advises Zepol Corp. in sale to Datamyne.

Datamyne, a leader in global business intelligence based on multinational trade data, has completed the acquisition of Minneapolis-based Zepol Corporation. More »

“Franklin Partners was invaluable to our search for a strategic partner. Their thoughtful and patient approach to understanding our business and industry uncovered new opportunities and enabled us to evaluate our business from a new perspective.”

—Tom McDougall, President, 
The Weidt Group, Inc.


PowerObjects acquired by a global IT services provider

PowerObjects, a professional services firm focused on providing service, support, education and add-ons for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, has been acquired by HCL Technologies. More »


Franklin Partners advises Pride Engineering in sale and recapitalization

May River Capital, LLC, a Chicago-based private equity investment firm has purchased and recapitalized Pride Engineering, LLC in partnership with management and other co-investors. More »


Franklin Partners advises The Gold Center in sale.

The Gold Center, Inc., one of the country’s largest wholesale dealers of gold and silver coins and bullion, and a leading refiner of gold, silver and platinum scrap, has announced its sale to an undisclosed family office. More »


EIS expands capabilities by acquiring Trient Technologies.

EIS, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, has acquired Trient Technologies, Inc., a Wisconsin-based contract converter and provider of supply chain management services. More »


The Weidt Group merges with EYP Energy.

The Weidt Group, a provider of proprietary energy software modeling tools, energy benchmarking, and software development capabilities, has merged with EYP, a portfolio company of Long Point Capital. More »


Franklin Partners advises Oxbo International Corporation in merger.

Two of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialized harvesting equipment—Oxbo International Corporation and Ploeger Agro B.V.—have merged to create the Ploeger Oxbo Group. More »

Franklin Partners advises exceptional private companies in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Founded in 1994, Franklin Partners has become one of the preeminent, independent M&A advisory firms in the Upper Midwest. Our partners’ experiences include investment banking, private equity, commercial banking, accounting advisories as well as leadership positions in growth-oriented public and private companies. As a result, we are able to provide true senior-level attention from diverse business perspectives.

Our clients are entrepreneurs, family offices, private equity firms, and corporations seeking to divest of non-strategic businesses. We are known for our insights into the M&A process, our problem-solving skills and dedication to our clients.

Our expertise by sector:

Business services, especially technology-enabled business services Healthcare services, devices, and information technology Niche manufacturing and distribution


Strength defined by shared values and diverse experience.

Franklin Partners is a team of senior executives from prestigious investment and commercial banks, and private and public companies. We've led technology, healthcare and energy practices; worked in multi-national corporate development departments; and led industrial companies.

We share an appreciation for entrepreneurs and private companies, where traditional business values abide and innovation flourishes. 

Get to know us:





We’ve sat on all sides of the deal table.

Various hats around the deal table

We have been buyers, sellers, investors, lenders, business executives and board directors—as well as advisors. Our array of leadership experiences is uncommon in a firm of our size. These perspectives enable us to forsee problems, analyze situations from multiple points of view and find practical solutions to satisfy all parties.


A firm of partners. A history of partnership.

We are a firm of equals. We work as a team on each engagement, sharing information and insights. The team includes our client, the client's management and directors, and other advisors.

Our relationships extend to our many contacts, which include former clients and their advisors, as well as buyers who view us as a resource. Client relationships continue well beyond the transaction.



We focus on three attractive business sectors.

Our industry expertise has developed in three areas: technology enabled business services, healthcare and medical, and niche manufacturing, distribution and services. The diversity of these areas gives us a unique and well-rounded perspective on businesses in the M&A environment.

Technology-Enabled Business services

We have been engaged by service firms, including software delivered in a SaaS model, (Big) data and analytics delivered in a subscription model, and services leveraged with technology, in vertical markets such as healthcare, financial, education, industrial maintenance, and logistics. Our clients have ranged from young companies with meaningful market traction to established market leaders that have re-invented their service models with technology.

From our experience, we have learned to recognize true innovation, the milestones and attributes that drive valuation, and identified the buyers of these businesses.

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Healthcare services, devices and information technology

As the fastest growing sector of our economy, healthcare's environment of innovation attracts investors and strategic buyers competing for the opportunity to scale these innovations and achieve promising high returns.

All aspects of healthcare, from hospitals to iPhone apps, are changing dramatically, driven by a belief that the current trajectory of healthcare spending cannot persist indefinitely, despite the needs of the aging population.

Smaller innovative firms can realize high valuations without taking the execution risk, time and ownership dilution from building a full business model. Franklin Partners understands the regulatory hurdles and qualifications, as well as industry contacts and insights. We've obtained excellent outcomes with buyers who have the resources to scale the business.

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niche manufacturing, distribution and Services

Traditional businesses continue to be acquired by corporations seeking growth, and by private equity firms seeking new platform and add-on acquisitions to round out existing platforms. More recently, long-term financial investors are making direct acquisitions of operating companies.

These buyers will pay premiums for firms with buoyant market fundamentals, high quality earnings and strong management teams. 

Franklin Partners continues to successfully represent numerous manufacturing, distribution, and industrial contracting firms.

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Each assignment is a special situation—an opportunity to create exceptional value for our client, and for the buyer.

Our approach is different

We take a fresh approach to each assignment—finding what makes the business most attractive as well as the best way to present the business to buyers. We roll-up our shirtsleeves to get the right information and to coach management through the complexities of the sale process.

We are distinguished by our business acumen and problem-solving skills

From years of experience, we are able to anticipate and resolve the numerous issues that arise in complex transactions. Our senior people personally handle all aspects of engagements and we have no junior people between us and the client, and between us and the buyers. Furthermore, we promise a personal commitment to the outcome of each project, and will remain engaged through closing of the transaction.


We round up more than
just the usual suspects

By developing a fresh investment thesis, we seek to engage the buyers beyond the traditional buyers operating in our client’s industry.

In many industries, traditional buyers have inflexible valuation metrics based on established norms: a one-size-fits-all approach. We refer to these buyers as “the usual suspects”. To obtain better outcomes, we seek out growth-oriented buyers and investors from other industries and backgrounds who have different perspectives and who are willing to pay premiums for exceptional opportunities.

Compelling presentations

approach_paper02.jpgWe uncover and present the business's attributes that will be most valuable to strategic buyers and investors. The result is an engaging investment thesis rather than a dull business description, and possibly repositioning the business in a more attractive industry segment. Investors consistently give us accolades for the content and quality of our presentations.

“Without Franklin Partners’ creativity and persistence, we would not have been able to articulate the strategy and engage buyers who would look at the business in different ways. Franklin had the insight to find a pathway through the obstacles that got this deal done.”

—James A. Balogh and Gary M. Becker, Founders, DCM Services LLC


Franklin Partners advises U.S. capital fund in recapitalization of portfolio company with European Strategic Investor

Franklin Partners initiated and completed a transaction to provide liquidity to a private capital fund for its portfolio company, a security systems integrator.

With operations in New York and Florida, the portfolio company is a recognized leader in a segment of the North American security market. A global search for a new strategic investor culminated with a publicly-held European company acquiring a majority ownership stake. Read more »

Smith System Manufacturing Company acquired by Steelcase, Inc.

Smith System Manufacturing Company, a Texas-based manufacturer of progressive furniture designed to inspire better learning and improve outcomes for pre-K-12 students, has been acquired by Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS). Franklin Partners initiated and negotiated the transaction as the exclusive advisor to Smith System and its shareholder. Read more »


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222 South Ninth Street, #3050
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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