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11 Capture Franchise Times Dealmakers Awards


Franchise Times Dealmakers award winners will be feted at a May 7 gala luncheon in Vegas, part of the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference.

Franchise Times today announces winners of the 2019 Franchise Times Dealmakers awards, the seventh annual project recognizing the boldest players driving mergers and acquisitions in franchising.

The 2019 Franchise Times Dealmakers will accept awards and tell how they landed their deals at a gala awards luncheon Tuesday, May 7, 2019, when the 2019 Deal of the Year will also be recognized. The luncheon is a highlight of the Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference, May 6-8, at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. All deals will be featured in the April issue of Franchise Times.

The Franchise Times Dealmakers awards are selected by a panel of judges from nominations submitted in the fourth quarter of each year and covering M&A transactions in franchising for the trailing 18 months ending December 31.

DEALMAKERS OF THE YEAR 2019 (in alphabetical order):

Amazing Lash Studio attracts WellBiz Brands as strategic buyer from founders, backed by Golub Capital.

ComForCare forms new umbrella company, acquires Care Patrol and partners with Kindred At Home.

Flynn Restaurant Group buys U.S. Beef, with 368 Arby’s units, crossing the $2 billion sales threshold.

Inspire Brands is formed as new Arby’s parent, backed by Roark Capital, buys Buffalo Wild Wings and Sonic in two take-private acquisitions.

Neighborly, re-branded from Dwyer Group, attracts Harvest Partners as new investor; buys Mosquito Joe and Real Property Management among others.

One Cannabis Group merges with One Can Franchise, combining 13 companies with $20 million in revenue under one umbrella.

RGT Management, led by “The Blind Side’s” Sean Tuohy, and Auspex Capital divest 105 restaurants and 55 properties for $213 million in six separate deals.

Sinelli Concepts, parent of Which Wich and Burguesa Burger, buys Paciugo Gelato to enter new segments; also working on Supernova Coffee launch.

Sola Salon Studios attracts family office backers MPK Equity and PNCRiverarch in management-led buyout of founders.

The Learning Experience attracts Golden Gate Capital in management-led acquisition, allowing for growth acceleration and the launch of BubblesU.

Special Achievement: Dean Zuccarello of The Cypress Group, for representing U.S. Beef in its sale to Flynn Restaurant Group as well as multiple other deals. 

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