Piper Sandler Enters Definitive Agreement to Acquire European Food & Beverage M&A Boutique, Stamford Partners LLP

01/05/2022 | 07:00:00 AM

Acquisition Adds European Food & Beverage M&A Capabilities to the Piper Sandler Consumer Advisory Business

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2022-- Piper Sandler Companies (NYSE: PIPR), a leading investment bank, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Stamford Partners LLP.

Founded in 1997, London-based Stamford Partners is an entrepreneurial, specialist M&A boutique offering high quality investment banking services to European food & beverage as well as related consumer sectors.

The Stamford Partners team, led by the firm’s three partners Damian Thornton, Simon Milne and Alastair Mathieson, adds yet another industry-leading advisory practice to the Piper Sandler platform and broadens Piper Sandler’s European investment banking capabilities.

“Stamford Partners offers differentiated, best-in-class M&A advisory services tailored to the unique needs of clients in the European consumer industry. The addition is complementary to our existing consumer practice and creates significant opportunities to further expand our reach in partnership with them,” said James Baker, global co-head of investment banking at Piper Sandler.

Damian Thornton, Chairman of Stamford Partners, commented, “We are very proud of the position Stamford Partners has established in European food & drink M&A over the last 24 years as a result of our unwavering commitment to experienced, insightful advice driven by our deep understanding of sector dynamics and rigorous M&A standards. We are excited to be partnering with a firm that shares our commitment to providing quality advice based on sector expertise. Our team will remain the same, as will our strategy and the way we approach the market. By joining Piper Sandler and its market-leading consumer franchise, we can accelerate our growth and broaden our offering to clients, whilst staying entirely true to our underlying principles.”

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022 and is subject to obtaining required regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

About Stamford Partners

Stamford Partners is a specialist investment banking firm offering financial advisory and corporate development services to companies and investors in the European food and beverage and related consumer sectors. The firm’s offices are located in London. www.stamford-partners.com

About Piper Sandler

As a leading investment bank, we enable growth and success for our clients through deep sector expertise, candid advice and a differentiated, highly productive culture. We transcend transactions to define possibilities—enabling clients to achieve their short-term goals while realizing their long-term vision. Founded in 1895, the firm is headquartered in Minneapolis with offices across the United States and in London, Aberdeen and Hong Kong. Learn more at PiperSandler.com.

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