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Time to Gain Recognition for Brilliant M&A Deal-Making


Greg Flynn, Flynn Restaurant Group, left, with financial backer Ted Lynch, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, were among those honored at last year’s Franchise Times Dealmakers awards gala luncheon. Nominations for this year’s project are now open, and will be feted at the Franchise Investment Conference March 10-11 in Dallas.

It’s been a busy fall already for franchise deal-making, with Modern Acupuncture landing its first private equity investor in Strand Equity and celebrity actress Cameron Diaz; mega-franchisee Roland Spongberg and his WKS Restaurant Group buying 94 Denny’s restaurants to become the brand’s biggest franchisee; and Ace Hardware acquiring its first franchise, home-improvement service company Handyman Matters.

Deals like these belong in our annual Franchise Times Dealmakers project, with nominations open now through December 31 by clicking on the Dealmakers button nearby and at www.franchisetimes.com. 

A panel of judges will select winning deals in January, and all will be covered in our annual Dealmakers cover project in April and honored at a gala luncheon event at the Franchise Investment Conference March 10-11 in Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel. 

Last year featured guests and speakers at the Franchise Times Dealmakers luncheon included Greg Flynn of Flynn Restaurant Group, the largest privately held restaurant franchisee in the United States who captured deal of the year; Amazing Lash CEO Heather Elrod and Inspire Brands CFO David Pipes.

Deals in franchising that closed or will close between July 1, 2018, and December 31, 2019, are eligible. Deadline to enter is December 31.

We’re looking for all sorts of complex and high-impact deals, such as strategic investments, private equity plays, franchisee buys and franchisor brand roll-ups from both the seller and buyer side, as well as service providers such as attorneys, investment bankers, accountants and other financiers. 




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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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