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Merit Harbor Group, LLC and JD Ford & Company Announce Strategic Business Combination

by | February 26, 2019 | Press Releases

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Companies will now operate as Merit Investment Bank & Co.

Seattle, WA / Denver, CO March 4, 2019—

Merit Harbor Group, LLC and JD Ford & Company have announced a strategic business combination, transitioning their companies and staff to form Merit Investment Bank & Co, effective February 25, 2019. The two companies operating as Merit Investment Bank deliver over 23 years of investment banking experience specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions and capital sourcing in multiple industries including technology, consumer products & retail, manufacturing, industrials, food & agriculture, and healthcare.

Established in 1996, JD Ford has consistently delivered market leading and precedent-setting outcomes for clients in the form of Mid-Market mergers & acquisitions and valuations. JD Ford assists entrepreneurs and family business owners with their exit strategy, selling their business or managing the complex process of M&A and business valuation. 

Merit Harbor brings their scalable platform as a broad auction Mergers & Acquisitions and capital raise-focused investment bank. Together the two companies will bring mutual expertise to clients, offering big bank tools and capabilities with a team of experienced professional investment bankers.

We’re thrilled to be joining forces with Merit Harbor to provide more capabilities and broader market access for clients,” Says JD Ford & Company CEO, Joseph M. Durnford, “this combination expands our platform to deliver exceptional outcomes for clients. With global reach, enhanced research, innovative deal tools, and experienced dealmakers to collaborate with, I’m confident Merit Investment Bank will be the go-to boutique investment bank for CEOs seeking to buy, sell, merge, recapitalize or finance their middle market enterprise.”

Craig Dickens of Merit Harbor adds, “we can more effectively serve our clients both domestically and internationally as well as provide deeper resources to our seasoned and highly skilled investment bankers or other bankers seeking a larger, more robust platform. Merit Investment Bank will maintain a culture of boutique service to our clients as well as continue to be a great place to get deals done, in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment for investment bankers.”  

Merit Investment Bank & Co. will specialize in middle-market, entrepreneurial-owned businesses seeking expert M&A, divestiture and buy-side execution. Securities will be offered under the companies FINRA Registered broker dealer Merit Investment Bank Securities, LLC. The combination between the two companies was finalized on February 25, 2019. Merit Investment Bank & Co. is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and maintains offices in Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Scottsdale. The companies’ respective websites will be relocating to 

About Merit Harbor Group, LLC
Merit Harbor Group is a leading Boutique Investment Bank focused on serving middle market companies. They are a client-focused team of experienced entrepreneurs and operating executives and investment bankers with expertise in a broad range of industries.  Merit Harbor Capital, (a subsidiary of Merit Harbor Group, LLC) member FINRA / SIPC, is a full-service Broker Dealer licensed in 50 states executing sell-side and buy-side M&A transactions, debt and equity capital raises, corporate finance, real estate development and project finance. Their partnership with CDI Global expands their reach to offices in 25 countries around the world, providing advisory services for International Conglomerates seeking to acquire businesses across the United States.

About JD Ford & Company
JD Ford & Company is a specialized Investment Bank that helps business owners increase business value, obtain growth capital, gain personal liquidity, and create lasting family legacy. JD Ford focuses on a variety of industries including consumer products, specialty retail, information technology, building products, and specialized services. JD Ford & Company leverages its vast network of connections and unique insight to guide business owners through a variety of transitional events. 

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