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10 Win Prestigious Franchise Times Dealmakers Awards


Franchise Times today announces winners of the 2015 Franchise Times Dealmakers awards, the third annual project recognizing the boldest players driving mergers and acquisitions in franchising.

“These dealmakers are smart, relentess 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.

DEALMAKERS OF THE YEAR 2015 (in alphabetical order):

Ampex Brands buys fellow franchisee Morgan’s Foods

Anytime Fitness attracts investment from Roark Capital

Camp Bow Wow sells franchise system to VCA Inc.

Doc Popcorn sells system to Dippin’ Dots/Fischer Enterprises

The Dwyer Group sells to Riverside Co.; acquires Five Star Painting

Faegre Baker Daniels advises Sentinel on TGI Friday’s, Newk’s purchase

Flynn Restaurant Group gains investment from Ontario Teachers Pension Fund

GPS Hospitality buys 94 Burger Kings in four acquisitions

Paris Ackerman & Schmierer advises more than $100 million in multi-unit sales

Sailormen completes two-part recapitalizion, advised by Capital Insight

The winners were selected by a panel of judges, all experts in franchise M&A, from finalist nominations solicited by Franchise Times in the fourth quarter.

The 2015 Franchise Times Dealmakers will accept awards and tell how they landed their deals at a gala awards luncheon Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The luncheon is a highlight of the Franchise Finance & Growth Conference, April 20-22, at the Encore in Las Vegas, presented by Franchise Times. All winners will be featured in the April edition of Franchise Times, when the 2015 Deal of the Year will also be revealed.

Nominations for next year’s project open October 1, at www.franchisetimes.com, for deals completed between July 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2015. Contact Beth Ewen, bewen@franchisetimes.com, with questions.

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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.
Nicholas UptonNicholas Upton is restaurants editor at Franchise Times. He can be reached at 612.767.3226, or send story ideas to nupton@franchisetimes.com.
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