From my first conversation with John Guzzo more than a decade ago, I instinctively and immediately knew then that he and his team at Berkery Noyes would be an integral part of my success strategy when the time arrived to sell my company. I remained perpetually confident in his counsel, appreciative of his patience, and impressed with his extensive network and industry experience. A strategic acquisition was critical because my company was a niche financial services software company. John and I discussed on many occasions that a shopped, open market bid for a random purchaser was not appropriate for my clients' long-term interests. If an opportunity arose, he knew what would work.
Not only did Berkery Noyes bring me the perfect buyer from a business perspective with the complete set of purchaser attributes that I wanted, but John's skill in negotiating also resulted in achieving all my requirements for terms and conditions. The closing was flawless, and the transition process has been entirely smooth. Having founded and built my company over the past thirty-five years, I am thrilled for the pinnacle of success and recognition of achievement culminating in an exit at the peak of value, made possible by John Guzzo and his team. I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically endorse John Guzzo and the Berkery Noyes team of professional resources.
The Berkery Noyes team, led by John Guzzo and Jason White, were outstanding. Berkery impressed us with their knowledge and many previous deals in our space. As we considered going to market they never pushed but were great listeners and provided valuable advice. Once we made the decision to have them represent us, we found them to be well organized, proactive and incredibly responsive throughout the entire process. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome. They were great advocates and savvy deal makers. I would highly recommend Berkery to anyone considering an Investment Banker.
Great Execution – Despite a Pandemic!
The Berkery Noyes team’s performance during the recent auction process of our company was, in a word, exemplary.
Led by John Guzzo and Ryan Adler, the team impressed us from the very beginning as during the interview process it became evident how well the team understood our market including key participants, recent deals and potential buyers. Soon after we selected BN as our banker, the COVID pandemic hit. Immediately, all parties agreed that the process should be suspended. In May, we restarted the process and, under the direction of John and Ryan, proceeded along the carefully choreographed steps they had outlined for us. By following their advice, we were able to generate strong interest amongst a broad array of both strategic and financial buyers. From the fireside chats through the due diligence process, everyone worked together as a cohesive team resulting in a transaction that has left our shareholders extremely satisfied and a buyer that feels that they were the lucky one.
We strongly recommend the Berkery Noyes team to any mortgage industry company considering enlisting the services of a banker.
When we were ready to sell our Company in the appraisal management space, we evaluated a few investment banking groups. Berkery has a great reputation and seemed to have a relationship with all the significant players in the space. After selecting Berkery and working closely with John Guzzo and his team, they not only brought a large network of potential buyers, they 1) ensured our Company was ready for a thorough diligence process, 2) helped us negotiate terms in a unique and difficult transaction environment and most importantly 3) got the deal closed. I highly recommend John and his team and hope to work with them again in the future.
The experience that John Guzzo and his team at Berkery Noyes has in the appraisal management and broader mortgage technology space was a major factor in the board of United States Appraisals selecting Berkery Noyes to represent us in a sale process. We wanted an investment banker with experience selling similar businesses and one that had personal relationships with likely buyers of United States Appraisals. John and his team’s industry experience proved valuable in identifying the best buyers and positioning the company for success in the sale process. The team was great to work with in the execution phase of the transaction all the way through closing.
Thank you!!!! Congratulations to you and the team!! I love you guys!! We’ve learned so much from this process. You found us the BEST partner for ACES and you made it happen!! You’re amazing!! So excited to grow ACES!!
We had been courted by dozens of investment bankers before we decided to rely on Berkery Noyes. At the end of the journey we can honestly say that we hardly could have made a better choice. Martin Magida and his team understood and embraced our company's values and philosophy from day one, managing to build a close relationship with our team that enabled an open, friendly and productive conversation all along. The level of attention to and understanding of our needs, and the negotiating skills they provided throughout the process were fundamental to maximizing shareholder value. Last but not least, in a stressful process like M&A, patience is a virtue and Martin and his team proved to be extremely virtuous in leading us to a positive outcome through periods of high stress.
I was surprised with the candor and honesty that Berkery Noyes showed during the pitch process and delighted with the patience and perseverance they showed through a long and arduous process. Their interest in doing the absolute best for the company was evident in every single call every single week.
We could not have done it without you and your team! We valued your advice every step of the way and are so thankful to you for everything. You were an absolute pleasure to work with. Your autism industry knowledge and M&A experience are second to none and the preparation, execution, and counsel were all exceptional. You exceeded our expectations and transaction objectives through your skillset, work ethic and integrity. You found the ideal partner for Proud Moments ABA and we are excited about the next chapter.
The Berkery Noyes team rose to the challenge with speed, professionalism, and deft management of the large and complicated transaction with Endeavor Business Media. They performed admirably and was relentless in managing multiple constituencies to achieve a timely close that we believe will ensure a bright future for the strong PennWell brands and talented employees who joined Endeavor.
When we were searching for the right banker to represent us, we looked no further than Berkery Noyes and John Guzzo given his deep network and experience in the mortgage services and fintech space. We were not disappointed. John’s team worked tirelessly with us to put together a compelling package. John’s negotiation skills were a blessing to merge all the diverse personalities and business lines into one successful deal. Moreover, John took the time to understand our needs and wishes and compassionately helped us ride the emotional roller coaster that is inevitable in any M&A transaction. Working with John felt like a lifelong friend was helping us find the right fit for our company.
Thank you so much for a job well done by you and your team! I have met a lot of investment bankers in the nearly 30 years that I have been at CARD's helm, and you have proven yourself to be the best. You showed a unique and comprehensive understanding of our business and market, which -- coupled with your hands-on approach and commitment to the process -- allowed us to evaluate a variety of very attractive options in a highly efficient manner. Your ability to appreciate our transaction objectives, tailor a process to best achieve them, and exhibit the leadership skills to motivate the entire team was impressive. The result was an extraordinarily successful outcome that enabled us to identify the best long-term partner to enhance our mission to serve the autism community. You have been a trusted advisor to me throughout every step of the process, and I will continue to rely on your advice.
The BNC Team were great to work with - start to finish. They brought an understanding of our market space and really understood how our company fit, and was different in that space. Adding in the fact they provided wise counsel and always said “yes” to the twists and turns on the way to a nice transaction - I would highly recommend them.
I want to thank the team for their excellent advice, management, and execution of our transaction. I believe we got the best result possible in this sale from both a financial and a people perspective.
John Guzzo is an exceptional negotiator and dealmaker – I can’t think of wanting anyone else in my corner for any transaction in the financial technology or mortgage lending space. John’s industry knowledge, his deep experience in closing deals, and his uncanny understanding of people and their motivations, make him a most valuable resource to have on your side. John worked with our ownership team patiently and strategically before our deal consummated – and it never would have happened without his steadfast focus and tenacity. He’s the best in the business and I recommend him without reservation.
Having known John for almost a decade, I didn’t consider hiring another advisor when looking for buy-side support for a transaction in a mortgage-related space. John has deeper experience and networks in the sector than any other banker. His intellect and honesty make him a trusted advisor to both buyers and sellers. The relationship with John and his team at Berkery Noyes played a huge role in facilitating a very successful execution.
John and his team were spectacular. They were knowledgeable, efficient and highly skilled in keeping the process moving from the initial gathering of information for the offering memorandum through the final contract negotiations and closing. In particular, they were able to navigate through the diverse personalities and issues that required skilled negotiation and objectivity. I would definitely use them again and highly recommend John and his team.
We feel extremely lucky to have had John and his team working with us throughout the entire deal process. He and his team fought hard and consistently to help us find the best possible outcome that matched our own objectives for the business. He and his team’s leadership were a critical component that enabled us to succeed, and I can’t recommend him enough – we would definitely work with him again in the future.
Our advisor and his team at Berkery Noyes ran a great sales process that resulted in a positive outcome for all parties.
A good result and good people to boot. The creativity, professionalism and tenacity exhibited by each member of the Berkery team made them a pleasure to work with.
We appreciated the advice and guidance of Berkery Noyes at every step of the transaction process. We are very pleased with the outcome and are grateful for the important role Berkery Noyes played in making this happen.
The Berkery Noyes team showed both their business skills and transaction experience through each step of the process. Their insight in the information technology industry proved invaluable in what was a complicated transaction. It was because of Jeff Smith and his team at Berkery Noyes that this transaction has closed with two very satisfied parties.
Mary Jo, thank you for your friendly and professional service during this process. For the Board of Directors, I want you to know that we appreciated your candor and clarity in all conversations. That was very helpful to us. Thank you!
We were very satisfied with the work of Berkery Noyes and the thoroughly professional manner with which they carried out the assignment to the benefit of all shareholders.
Berkery Noyes did a tremendous job of maximizing value in a challenging process. They surfaced a large group of prospective buyers and ultimately closed a transaction with a party we had not been aware of at the start of the sale process. I would be happy to work with Berkery again on either side of the table.
Berkery Noyes provided professional, top notch services that resulted in a successful transaction for us. We enjoyed working with the Berkery team.
Our advisor John Guzzo and his team were tireless in their pursuit of this deal. They are seasoned M&A professionals who are extremely knowledgeable of the potential buyers and industry trends. Berkery Noyes provided invaluable guidance and deal support every step of the way, which resulted in a successful transaction and outcome to all parties.
John did a terrific job driving and navigating this deal. It was great working with him and his team.
It was a pleasure working with the team at HCC and Berkery, Noyes & Co. to complete this transaction. We’re thrilled to be acquiring a business with great prospects in both the library and retail markets and to partner with the Recorded Books team during this next phase of growth.
John and his team did an incredible job of maximizing value in a complicated private equity exit. They provided several compelling options to the selling shareholders and ultimately closed a transaction with a strategic buyer. John’s sell-side M&A experience and sage advice helped manage the transaction to a successful close.
I can't speak highly enough about John and his support team at Berkery Noyes. John is immersed in the banking and compliance technology sectors, and it was his persistence and professionalism that steered the sale to a successful conclusion. His integrity and openness made it a pleasure to work with him. We look forward to continuing to enjoy the personal friendship that developed along the way.
The commitment, drive and integrity demonstrated by John and his co-workers during the process were, without question, of the highest order. At every step during the process John and his team dug deep into the details, whether it was financial reports, customer analysis or final closing documents, they simply left no stone unturned. John's advice and counsel was invaluable and never once did I believe it was self-serving; he truly had the best interests of our company, the employees and customers as his primary concern.
Thank you so much for your creativity, guidance and persistence on getting this done. You guys did a great job!!
The team at Berkery Noyes were invaluable trusted advisors. Their understanding of our business, the payment integrity market and the overall healthcare landscape as well as their M&A deal experience resulted in a great outcome for the shareholders, a great home for the business, and very positive outcome for all parties.
John Guzzo provided very good and valuable insights and industry knowledge with integrity and transparency. He was spot on in his thought process and advice in providing overall guidance to lead us to a successful outcome. We'd highly recommend John and Berkery Noyes and would definitely work with them in the future if the opportunity presented itself.
Very proud to be involved with Jeff Hennessy and the entire HMP Communications Holdings, LLC team. Thanks to Berkery, Noyes & Co., LLC firm for helping us out on this one.
John Guzzo and his team were a very important component in completing our transaction. John’s professionalism and dedication was continually on display throughout the process. At all times from the beginning to the end, John provided guidance, vision and much valued counsel. I cannot speak highly enough about the value John and his team bring to the table.
Thank you for guiding M2S through the transaction process. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and your team. I hope that our paths will cross again soon.
The team at Berkery Noyes were valued partners throughout the process. Their guidance, healthcare knowledge, and commitment allowed us to find a great partner for our next stage of growth.
It was a pleasure to work with Peter and his team. Their dedication and professionalism throughout the entire process were instrumental in getting this transaction over the finish line.
You and your team were a pleasure to work with. I have the utmost respect for the skill sets you exhibited in positioning the business, pulling together our materials, the tireless hours you put in, and the “get it done” attitude that purveyed all the way to closing. Thanks so much for your leadership in bringing this transaction to a successful close for all parties involved. I truly feel good for the Extension team and Vocera; a win/win end result.
Thank you. We appreciate your guidance, support and hard work to get us this great outcome.
We chose Berkery because of the firm's impeccable reputation and the quality of the team. They zealously represented and stayed with us through every up and down during the deal process. The Berkery team was professional and on top of each step and detail. If something needed to get done, it got done quickly, efficiently and with exacting precision. They achieved a fantastic result on behalf of the Verisys founders and we couldn't have been more pleased. Deals are tough and the Berkery team was tougher. As a result of tremendous effort they got the deal done and the outcome was stellar.
I was delighted with the level of professional commitment of the Berkery Noyes team, both in terms of their knowledge of the market and focus on the details of our business, as well as their integrity throughout the process. In other words, their commitment was not just to getting the deal done but making sure that the right deal for all parties was the deal that got done. Finally, from the seller’s point of view, we were always grateful for their leadership.
John and Jason were professional and effective to the point where I feel as though I’ve made life-long friends. The process unfolded just as they said it would, ending in a successful deal with the right buyer. Without John and his team, our deal would not have happened. Period.
John Guzzo and Berkery Noyes changed our lives. After many years of casual conversations about the mortgage industry, John thoughtfully approached us with a promising opportunity to share our success story with a highly respected investment firm. The investment firm’s quality and sincerity made us quickly realize the potential of a very bright future. Within months, we successfully entered into an agreement that will dramatically impact the competitive advancement of LoyaltyExpress as well as the peace of mind that comes with personal wealth.