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12 Win Prestigious Franchise Times Dealmakers Awards


Franchise Times today announces winners of the 2014 Franchise Times Dealmakers awards, the second annual project recognizing the boldest players driving mergers and acquisitions in franchising.

 “These dealmakers are smart, relentless and creative in driving capital toward the best companies in franchising,” says Beth Ewen, managing editor, who oversees the Franchise Times Dealmakers project. “We’re proud to highlight their work and share their tactics with the readers of Franchise Times.”

The 2014 Franchise Times Dealmakers will accept awards and tell how they landed their deals at a gala awards luncheon Thursday, March 27, 2014, when the Franchise Times Deal of the Year will also be revealed. The luncheon is a highlight of the Franchise Finance & Growth Conference, March 26 and 27, at The Venetian in Las Vegas. All winners will be featured in the April edition of Franchise Times. 

The complete list follows of the 2014 Franchise Times Dealmakers award winners.


Dennis Monroe, Monroe Moxness Berg, for his 30-year career in franchise finance.

DEALMAKERS OF THE YEAR 2014 (in alphabetical order):

Auspex Capital, for multiple transactions on behalf of franchisee MUY Brands.

Capital Insight, for franchisee Platinum Corral’s recapitalization.

Century 21 Affiliated, for franchisee acquisitions of independent brokerages.

The Cypress Group, for Wendy’s Co. re-franchising of 350 restaurants.

DLA Piper, for advising Roark Capital’s purchase of franchisors CKE and Massage Envy, and Hyatt Hotels acquisition.

Greene Holcomb Fisher, for franchisee QK Holdings stock sale to three investors.

PizzaRev and Buffalo Wild Wings, for strategic partnership by established franchisor, the latter, in emerging fast-casual chain, the former.

RMH Franchise Holdings, for franchisee acquiring 138 Applebee’s restaurants and development rights, advised by Gray Plant Mooty and Hogan Lovells U.S.

Safeguard Acquisitions, for Business Acquisitions & Mergers program that purchased 16 printing companies on behalf of franchisees.

Snap Fitness/Lift Brands, for acquiring 9Round and Steele Fitness as vertical franchises under the new Lift Brands umbrella.

Southern Star Restaurant Management Group, for Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee 1031 asset exchanges, advised by Paris Ackerman & Schmierer and JCM Franchise Development.

Winners were selected from nominations for deals completed between July 2012-December 2013, by a 13-member panel of judges, all experts in franchise finance, who considered criteria including deal complexity and impact on company performance. Nominations for next year’s Franchise Times Dealmakers project open October 1 at www.franchisetimes.com/dealmakers.

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Laura MichaelsLaura Michaels is editor of Franchise Times. She can be reached at 612.767.3210, or send story ideas to lmichaels@franchisetimes.com.
Beth EwenBeth Ewen is senior editor of Franchise Times. She can be reached at 612.767.3212, or send story ideas to bewen@franchisetimes.com.
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