Clarke helps our clients find alternative sources of funding and / or develop and execute on exit strategies for the company. We focus on sectors with the potential to generate rapid growth or where change of ownership within closely held companies is common place. Typically, this includes industries in which there are high rates of change, driven by new and disruptive technologies, regulatory change, closely held family business turnover or private equity merger and acquisition activity.

Business Services

The Business Products and Services area includes companies that manufacture and sell products and/or provide services to individuals, businesses, and government bodies. Companies in this group are not developers of information or healthcare technologies but rather producers of products and services for the business to business market which include security systems, electronic games, transportation, education and training services. Sectors include: hospitality, food and beverage, sports and leisure, direct marketing, education and training, household and personal products, professional and consumer services, and electronic commerce.

Primary Focus: Transportation and Logistics, 3PL, Warehousing and Distribution

Information Technology

With the rise of open source technologies and current trends toward web-based service application infrastructures, suppliers are being forced to re-evaluate their business models and technology platforms, creating great opportunities. The sectors included in the Information Technology area include: electronic devices, software, hosted-services, computer hardware, communications and networking, ecommerce, semiconductor, information services, data storage, internet security, and on-line gaming.

Primary Focus: Internet Technology, Automotive Technology and SAAS Companies

Energy and Renewable Energy Technology

The explosion of demand in energy along with ever increasing prices for fossil fuel based energy sources has created a “sea” of new opportunities. Sorting through the numerous new companies, technologies and improvements in old technologies is daunting. For the entrepreneur, knowing how to fund your new or growing company makes all the difference in a successful venture. For Co-generation, Solar, Bio-Mass or Integration Services finding the right financial partner is critical.

Primary Focus: Co-Generation, Solar, Oil Field Services, Energy Transport Services

Industrial and Manufacturing

Our investment banking professionals can assist many Industrial Products and Manufacturing companies in acquiring the capital they need whether it is packaging materials, aerospace and aircraft equipment, demand-driven manufacturing, specialty components or any number of other industrial products. This group includes manufacturers of products and equipment for use by businesses in their operations. These companies are not developers of information or medical technologies, their products do not use information technology (such as software or electronics), and they do not fall under any other category. For instance, some sectors include: aerospace and defense, diversified industry, and supply chain.

Primary Focus: Food Processing and Automotive Suppliers