MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
Sell-side and Buy-side representation
Transaction valuation, negotiation, and structuring
Letters of intent drafting and negotiation
Due diligence assistance
Deal closing coordination and post-closing integration planning and assistance
Confidential and targeted process
Assistance and guidance through the entire transaction
Industry and market research
Acquisition target screening
Deal sourcing / Connecting strategic buyers to qualified firms seeking a merger opportunity
Marketing and business development
Business transition planning
Succession strategies for management teams
Eliminating business dependence on the owner
Readying business for transfer
We work with clients in various market sectors with focus on:
Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) Firms:
Architecture & Interior Design
Construction/Program Management (CM/PM)
Fire and safety
Highways and bridges
Mechanical Electrical Plumbing (MEP)
Water and Wastewater
Investment / Asset Recovery
Maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO)
Oil and Metals (Recycling / Brokering)
Technology / Software
We help business owners with one of the most important decisions of their careers. Selling a company is a life-changing event that affects all shareholders, executives, employees, and their families. It is often a complex process that requires preparation, finding a suitable strategic buyer or financial partner, negotiating with experienced investors, and structuring a deal with the best terms while maximizing valuation. We have the track record to help you navigate through this process and achieve your goals. This is what we do for a living.
We are a boutique mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory and business consulting firm. We are entrepreneurs and business intermediaries with extensive sell-side and buy-side deal experience. Our team has completed numerous merger/acquisition transactions and worked with hundreds of clients in a wide range of industry segments. Our mission is to assist company owners and management teams in achieving a successful transition of their business. We are passionate about what we do and about helping our clients in preparing, planning, and managing complex issues through a structured process with efficiency and integrity.
M&A Advisory Services
Jack Simonian brings to Blackcastle the experience of a proven mergers and acquisitions professional with a diversified skill set and background. He has managed M&A transactions for companies in the design, consulting, engineering, manufacturing and industrial market sectors among others. Over the years, Jack has developed extensive relationships with strategic and financial buyers in the US and Canada. Prior to beginning his career in M&A, he worked as an architect on the design and master planning of large-scale commercial projects for one of the world’s largest retail property developers. His extensive knowledge of the architecture and engineering (A&E) industry has helped him provide valuable expertise to his A&E clients which resulted in multiple successful deal closings. This market experience has also contributed to developing a vast array of connections and resources that are beneficial to both buyers and sellers even in remotely connected industries.
Jack holds his MBA with an emphasis in Management and Entrepreneurship from HEC Montréal and a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from Université de Montréal. He is fluent in four languages.
M&A - A&E Strategy
Zareh Astourian brings to Blackcastle 30 years of executive and corporate experience in the A/E field which includes large number of mergers and acquisitions. During those years, periodically he has also functioned as the CFO of the firms.
From 1989-1999, Zareh was the president, CEO of ASL Consulting Engineers. During those ten years, he tripled the size of the company and made it a multi-State multi-discipline firm. At the end of that term, ASL was sold to a national publically owned A/E company.
During the next 18 years, he led TTG Engineers as President and CEO from a $12M annual revenue California engineering Company to a $120M annual revenue full service engineering
company with 25 offices nationwide. This growth was achieved through strategic planning and execution which included adding new engineering services, establishing offices from the ground up and making over ten acquisitions in various States.
In March of 2018, Zareh retired as Chairman of the Board of IMEG Corporation which, through his initiative, was formed by the merger of two well-established engineering companies with over 1,000 employees. Following the merger, Zareh took the lead in forming an ESOP for the corporation.
Zareh is a registered civil and structural engineer with a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the American University of Beirut and an MS degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Southern California.
M&A - Mfg./Distr.
Maynard Young brings 30 years of financial, operations and M&A experience as an advisor to Blackcastle. Prior to joining the firm, Maynard was CFO of a large private company specializing in manufacturing, construction, distribution and foundries. During his tenure he was instrumental in growing company sales from $50 to $900 million. Most of this growth was attributable to a strategy of acquiring mid-size North American companies, including several public companies. Maynard successfully led the acquisition, divesture and privatization of over 50 companies with overall responsibility for negotiation, due diligence, legal, closing and post-closing matters. Post-acquisition, he was responsible for the financial integration of acquired companies to realize synergies and maximize shareholder value. This extensive experience, combined with his knowledge of operations, makes him uniquely qualified when dealing with buyers and sellers of companies.
Maynard holds MBA and LLB degrees from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.
M&A - Industrial/Mfg.
Tel: (604) 652-1189
Chris Kassardjian brings to Blackcastle over 30 years of international business experience as the founder and president of several industrial services companies located in West Africa and a boutique M&A firm in British Columbia. Chris has 15 years of experience in the industrial recycling of waste hydrocarbons. He is a graduate of physics and math, and holds an MBA and BSc in Marketing from California State University of Hayward.