As a private equity investor, MERK’s acquisition philosophy is based upon buying excellent businesses with an achievable strategy for growth. Our partners have over the course of their careers invested or advised in over 100 companies deploying over $4.5 billion of investment capital. The Firm typically invests where it identifies opportunities to build businesses with management. This approach includes:
  • A disciplined investment process
  • An intense focus on business transformation
  • Effective governance, active involvement and timely intervention
The emphasis on building businesses has led the Firm to base its investment decisions on the likelihood that management-led operational initiatives will create substantial improvements in growth rates, profitability and ultimately, valuation.

Although MERK has no formula that it can apply to every investment company, its approach and style focus on bringing about operational improvements
with management by:
  • Stimulating sales growth
  • Executing focused acquisition strategies
  • Changing the way to market
  • Shortening product development cycles
  • Improving manufacturing productivity
  • Managing working capital
  • Reducing costs
  • Establishing results-driven incentive plans
As a financial advisor and consultant, MERK assisted numerous local and multinational companies, private equity funds evaluate and execute domestic and cross border transactions. Our deep domain and transactional experience enables us to add value at every stage of a relationship - for both public and private companies. Starting with meticulous analysis, our approach is to first gain a deep understanding of a client’s goals and objectives, then, with proper positioning of the company, target the most appropriate investors, and take a lead role in the negotiation, structuring and closing of the transaction.

Our clients come to us for:
  • Equity Capital Raises
  • Operational and Financial Consulting Services
  • Strategic Operational Turnaround Plans
  • Debt Financings
  • Acquisitions
  • Management Buy-Outs
  • Leveraged Buy-Outs
  • Recapitalizations or “Cash-Out” Financings
  • Financial Advisory Services
  • Mergers
Regardless of the complexity of the transaction, our extensive experience across the entire range of traditional investment banking activities. And, in key industry sectors, we have exceptional depth and experience in various industry sectors allowing our clients to maximize shareholder value.

By adhering to a disciplined and focused process, in which strict standards of confidentiality are maintained and conflicts of interest are absent, MERK works in partnership with a client to ensure that each sale or divestiture, capital raise or debt restructuring is achieved at the best possible combination of price and terms for all stakeholders.

At MERK, our firms deep international and domestic relationships with private equity groups, institutional investors, commercial lenders, pension funds and finance companies provides an array of capital sources that allow us to creatively structure transactions that meet our client’s unique needs quickly.